Mullican Flooring is celebrating its 25th year as a manufacturer of hardwood floors. Launched in 1985 with a single manufacturing site in Ronceverte, W. Va., Mullican has grown from a regional supplier of domestic wood flooring to a manufacturer with facilities in four states -- including its Norton, Va., plant in 1994; its Holland, N.Y., plant in 2002; and its Johnson City, Tenn., plant in 2003, three years after making the Johnson City location the company's headquarters.

Recently, Mullican has focused on developing Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) 100 percent-PURE certified floors, under the company’s Green Haven line, to meet the building industry’s growing demand for green products. Mullican recently added engineered and exotic selections to its Green Haven line. In 2009, Mullican became the nation’s first hardwood floor manufacturer to offer a solid domestic FSC 100 percent-PURE flooring (certification No. SCS-COC-002109), the company said.

“Our Green Haven products reflect our long-held view that the nation’s forests should be protected and preserved for future generations,” said Brian Greenwell, Mullican’s vp sales and marketing. “We will continue to broaden our range of sustainable products going forward.”

Additionally, last December, Mullican announced plans for a major expansion of its solid prefinished flooring process at its Johnson City, Tenn., site. The plant added a new production line in the first quarter of 2010, which has led to a 50 percent increase in the plant's manufacturing capacity of solid prefinished flooring. In addition, the company will be increasing its Johnson City workforce by more than 50 percent, with 75 new employees to be added by 2012, Mullican noted. The expansion represents a $6 million investment being funded partially through a Tennessee Valley Authority loan.

“This new production line signifies major growth in our company,” said Neil Poland, Mullican's president. “We have been fortunate to build on our strengths, despite having to weather a major downturn in the industry.”