By Meg Dickens
Both the Budget Committee and County Commissioners approved a resolution at their Thursday, September 19 meetings that will bring a projected 8 to 10 new jobs to the area.
The resolution will help business owner Greg Jones upgrade Jones Hardwood Flooring’s storage facility to a working production line for prefinished products. Jones must have a 165-foot building with 150 feet dedicated to the production line to move from Lebanon, VA. The Lebanon building recently sold, which makes Jones’ move more pressing.
Jones Hardwood Flooring is a family business. Johnny Bauguess and his nephew Greg Jones bought the company from Greg’s father, Harold, in 1998. They hold the titles manager and president, respectively. According to the Better Business Bureau, the business began in 1980 and currently employs 18 employees. Jones Hardwood Flooring has a showroom in Forge Creek as well as a storage facility on Industrial Drive.
“I feel good about our expansion,” said Bauguess. “We’re bringing jobs back to the county and getting everything together.”
Jones has asked Johnson County for assistance. The county will use funds from the Community Development Fund to purchase a 40×40 metal building. Total county cost, including lining and roofing, falls at $15,890.63. Jones assured both boards that he will do all of the renovations himself at his own expense, including fusing the buildings and creating a partition for storage. He estimates the work will take approximately six weeks. Bauguess states that the work should be finished by December 1, 2019.
“It sounds like that’s what this money is here for,” said District 2 Commissioner Scott Mast during the discussion. “It’s to help our community grow.”
Johnson County owns Jones’ current building on Industrial Park Road. The Commissioners plan to increase his rent from $1,800 a month to $2,000 a month to accommodate the 1,600-foot addition. The extra $200 per month will pay back the loan in approximately 6 1/2 years. The County Commissioners agreed to renew his lease agreement for a minimum of 6 1/2 years. Mayor Mike Taylor is currently looking into lease information.
“Jones Hardwood Flooring is a stable wood product facility here in the county. I am excited about their business growth and the addition of 8-10 new jobs,” said Budget Committee Chairman and Mayor Mike Taylor when asked for a comment. “I appreciate the County Commission’s continued support of our local industries.”