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Three companies announce multi-million-dollar projects in Washington County

Three recent announcements regarding new investments and job creation indicate Washington County is making progress despite the economic downturn.
The news was shared during the 2011 Economic Summit held Nov. 1 at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City.
The largest project is the $12 million capital investment by Mullican Flooring, which will more than double its current number of employees.
Mullican will relocate its operations to the newly purchased building on Woodlyn Road formerly owned by Superior Industries.
“This is an exciting time for Mullican Flooring to grow,” President Neil Poland said.
A total of 164 new jobs will be created by the hardwood flooring manufacturer during the three-year expansion.
Poland said part of the expansion will include a new production line that is being moved to Tennessee from the former supplier in Asia.
“We think we are on the leading edge of the trend of American businesses shifting jobs back to the United States,” Poland said.
Mayor Dan Eldridge said the decision could also be considered a reflection of the quality of the local workforce.
“To know that we competed for these jobs, and competed internationally, and they are coming to Washington County,” he said.
Additional jobs will be created by BioCorp, a pharmaceutical research and development company that is the first business to sign a lease in the ETSU Valleybrook Campus near Eastern Star Road.
CEO Eric Latham said BioCorp is a family company from Virginia that will focus on drug research for breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU’s vice president for Health Affairs and university chief operating officer, said new educational opportunities will also be created for students and faculty of The Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy.
The third new investment is by longtime Johnson City business owners Guy and Debra Wilson, of the Wilson Group. A $3.9 million expansion during the next three years will include the construction of an 11,000-square-foot facility adjacent to its current building.
When completed, the company will occupy a total of 28,000 square feet in the Franklin Medical Park.