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Hurst Boiler | March 8, 2007
Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Inc. has authorized the construction of a major building expansion, a project that will double the current size of their manufacturing facilities and corporate headquarters in Coolidge, Georgia to over 220,000 square feet. With their headquarters firmly established as a well-recognized landmark on the ideally situated GA Hwy 319 property, the goals for expansion are to retain the functional and design strengths of the existing structure while crafting an addition that will meet the manufacturer's staffing, business and manufacturing needs through at least the next decade.
Groundbreaking occurred in mid-2006, with construction and occupancy being completed for the Grand Opening on April 12, 2007. "We are building a structure that is similar to the existing 117,000 square-foot building, in an additional building adjacent to the existing facility, explains Jeff Hurst, Vice President, Sales & Marketing. "So on one hand, the ultimate appearance of the site will be much larger simply due to the sheer scope of the project and size of the final structure. But on the other hand, our staff, distributors and visitors will easily recognize the continuation of the identifiable HURST Boiler structure and presence."
The construction project represents HURST Boiler's continued commitment to the community. "The Hurst Boiler & Welding Company 60,000 square foot expansion is a tangible example of the commitment to excellence that Hurst has demonstrated throughout their 40 year history," said Don Sims, President of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce. "Hurst is a major reason that we enjoy a high quality of life in our community," Sims continued, 'they are the third largest industrial employer in the county and among the top ten total employers." Thomasville and Thomas County have maintained a greater percentage of industrial jobs than the State of Georgia or the United States. "In a global economy, Hurst has positioned itself to compete successfully and has provided a superior product for its customers, while creating excellent career opportunities for its employees."
One of the new features of the Hurst expansion is the 35,000 sq. ft. state-of-the- art Vessel Code Shop. Plant visitors will be able to view the latest in boiler technology and boiler and vessel manufacturing processes. Training and continuing education facilities will also be included in the new design and office space, encompassing 17,050 sq.ft. Nesmith's Landscaping further enhanced the Coolidge headquarters site with the addition of several tranquil ponds and scenic landscaping to improve both the physical and mental environment for employees and visitors.
The Hurst Boiler Engineering Department created the design and concept of the new office and plant. Hayward Hurst, Vice President of Installations, was Project Manager throughout the construction process. "We sought consultants, designers and builders who have the resources and vision to help us create a world-class facility," he said.
Tommy Hurst, Vice President of Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Inc. said, "The solid fuel boiler market is now global, and Hurst enjoys a large share of those sales, in both domestic and international markets. With today's gas and oil prices becoming ever more expensive, more industries are going to alternate solid fuel boiler and direct burning systems."
Scott Hobbs, New Plant Manager and Coordinator, reports increased sales necessitated the expansion to accommodate increased manufacturing, research and development.
Hurst Boiler's original structure was built in 1970. It was a total of 1000 sq. ft. and is still standing. It was designed to accommodate growth over the following 10 years. It surpassed that goal, thanks to increases in customer service and manufacturing efficiency that allowed Hurst Boiler to continue to grow. "Over the years, we've gained tremendous benefit from our continual engineering efforts, and ultimately keeping our focus directed on serving our customers' needs and requirements." says Ray Pierce, Packaged Boiler & National Sales Manager, Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Inc. Future growth in manufacturing and new accounts was a key driver behind the decision to expand, and a detailed analysis revealed expansion projections were on-track with our growth initiatives.
"When founder, Gene Hurst, set out in 1967 to form our company, we did not have great financial resources, but what we did have was a profound faith in the future," says Jeff Hurst. "Today, we are fortunate to have the financial resources to support even greater levels of growth over our next 40 years and, most importantly, we have never lost that faith."
For nearly 40 years, Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Inc. has been a major supplier of gas, oil & wood fired boilers to thousands of satisfied customers. Hurst also manufactures a complete line of boiler room peripherals such as blowdown separators' surge tanks, pressurized feed water tanks, steam accumulators and stacks. We have grown as a company in direct response to the companies that rely on us. Today, that growth has reached such proportions that Hurst Boiler and Welding Company is recognized internationally as a leader in the efficient and environmentally sound combustion of solid fuels as well as gas and oil. HURST Boiler maintains a staff of fully trained service engineers as well as an extensive supply of spare parts ready to respond to our customer's needs quickly, all over the world. In addition, we continually employ sophisticated techniques to provide the latest improvements in boiler and support equipment manufacturing, installation, troubleshooting and operation. Our dedication to quality and fast service is unsurpassed.
HURST Boiler, headquartered in Coolidge, GA is an international boiler manufacturing and service company operating worldwide. With thousands of installations currently in place, and over 750,000 s.f. of manufacturing facilities under roof, Hurst Boiler is considered one of the nation's fastest growing boiler companies. HURST Boiler currently employs over 450 people.