Local officials, Quick-Step president Piet Huyghe (third from right), and Unilin Flooring managing director Bernard Thiers (fifth from right) break ground for the new laminate flooring facility.

Quick-Step laminate flooring producer Unilin Décor has held its official groundbreaking ceremony in Thomasville, N.C., to mark the beginning of a five-year construction product which will result in an $80 million investment and a 600,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

The first phase of the process will be completed in spring 2005, realizing Unilin's strategy of becoming the first completely vertically integrated laminate flooring manufacturer in the United States, with complete control of every aspect of production, Unilin says.