Cumberland Times-News


August 4, 2007

ClosetMaid holds grand opening in Grantsville

Dedication, cooperation bring project to fruition

GRANTSVILLE — It has been eight years since ClosetMaid first said the company would be building a manufacturing and distribution site in Garrett County, and finally, the company has celebrated the grand opening of the $10 million Grantsville plant.

“The crowd here showed a collaboration that has happened,” Jim Henry, managing director of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, said at Friday’s grand opening. “It is great to do something like this in a jurisdiction like this.”

Nearly all who spoke at the opening emphasized the dedication, not only of the company, but of the community and local officials who worked to ensure that ClosetMaid moved to the Northern Industrial Park.

Delegate Wendell Beitzel said that he had been on the county commission when the company first toured and there had been the general impression that ClosetMaid would be located somewhere else. He said that as the current location of the plant was shown to the representatives from the company and they learned more about the work force, ClosetMaid made the commitment in 1999 to build a plant at the Grantsville site.

“The community really pulled together to welcome us,” said ClosetMaid President Rob Clements. “Why we’re here is because of the quality work force. We have quality talent coming in who are more technologically capable here than at our other facilities.”

Already, the plant has 45 employees, and Clements said that the level of technical skill of the employees they’ve found thus far has impressed the company.

Clement explained that the technology being used at this newest of the ClosetMaid production facilities is the most advanced of all their plants, and that the two machines that weld and cover the distinctive ClosetMaid metal shelving are unlike any in the world.

The welding machine creates the 12-foot-long shelves by welding and then bending wire into the proper shape. From there, the shelving is taken to a multistep vinyl coating machine, which Clements said takes 30 percent less energy than other such machines, even those in their other plants.

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