LEXINGTON -- Since moving into the former Container Craft building in Lexington earlier this year, Complete Access of Seattle, Washington has started shipping products and hired more than two dozen people.
The manufacturer with two other locations -- one in Washington and the other in Arkansas -- expanded earlier in May by opening its third location at 144 Plymouth Street, bringing with it a possible 60 new jobs to Richland County.
“By the end of the year, I’d like to see employment at 50 or 60 people,” said general manager Rick Bogue. “It’d really help us appease our customers and get out their product on time. We have quite a backlog of orders.”
These jobs include roles in welding, quality control, machine operation and more.
“The company’s been growing every year, just getting busier and busier, so we’re looking for more people,” said Ohio plant manager, Jacob Whitfield.
He encourages interested people to stop by the Lexington office to fill out applications.
The company, which makes wheelchair ramps and stairs, moved into the 56,000 square-foot building in May to be closer to and better serve customers in Northeastern portions of the United States and Canada.
“It decreases shipping costs,” Bogue said.
Though the new space needed work, Bogue said the company kept repairs and other projects moving on an accelerated timeline.
“It took 100 days from the day we stepped in the door until the day we shipped something out,” Bogue said. “So yeah, we’re already shipping. We had four semi loads go out last week.”
In the past few months, the business’s parking lot was expanded and the space slightly modified to be “more suitable for flatbed trucks.” By winter, Bogue and Whitfield hope to even better accommodate for the loading and unloading of shipments. The buildings low ceilings don’t allow them to pull their trucks into the buildings as they often do at their other plants, so they’ve considered adding a covered roof.
The interior has been changed, too. The electric system has already been updated throughout most of the building and will soon be finished. Cosmetic improvements can also be spotted throughout the plant and office space.
Further, more exterior improvements are later anticipated, Bogue said.
“So far, it’s been good for us,” he said.