City, community and business leaders gathered recently to celebrate the re-opening of a mill in Hamburg.
Hamburg Hardwood Flooring is located at 711 Mill Road, and now occupies the buildings previously used by another flooring mill. HHF manufactures solid strip Red and White Oak flooring.
The Hamburg Economic Development Team, local and state government officials, local business owners, members of the American Legion, and other interested members of the community gathered at the mill March 17 to note its opening.
Owners Sam Sharp and his wife Kay, Jordan Sharp and his wife Brittany, and Mike Emmons and his wife Tammy enthusiastically greeted the members of the community in attendance. Other members of their families were on hand as well.
“The impact of what this mill has on this town and this community is greater than a lot of y’all understand,” Hamburg Mayor David Streeter said
“A couple of years ago, this mill closed down. There were over 60 jobs that were lost. A lot of people from Hamburg and the surrounding communities had to go other places to find jobs for their families.
“This mill opening back up, that opened these jobs back up, and over 90 percent of those people who had lost their jobs are working back here again. So they were able to move back to Hamburg, and are able to supply a good living for their families.
Streeter added, “This wood being milled out here is coming from this region. The red oak, white oak, it’s coming from this region, now…and it’s going all over the world.”
The lumber is being sold by such home improvement outlets as Lowe’s, Lumber Liquidators, and Home Depot.
The fact the company named their product after the area was an added bonus, Streeter said.
“Being the brand ‘Ashley Flooring,’ and the mill ‘Hamburg Mill,’ it’s just hard to beat,” he said.
Streeter introduced “the three guys that made this happen,” the Sharps and Emmons, saying they are “super nice guys, the kind you want to go hunting and camping with… These are guys that you want to know.”
Administrative Coordinator for the City of Hamburg Georganna Cossey said the city has the desire to continue to work with Hamburg Hardwood Flooring for the betterment of the community.
Jordan Sharp spoke on behalf of his business partners, one of whom is his father.
“I can’t express how appreciative we are for this community, this county, and the surrounding areas, for accepting us with open arms,” he said. “We have not met one person that has given us a bad taste in our mouth, I mean, Hamburg has just been so supportive for us and proud for us and we want to be that same thing for y’all, here.
“Yes, my home is in Magnolia, but I consider this my second home. Sorry, I’m getting emotional, but this is surreal. And, I can’t thank the Lord enough.”
Sharp shared with the crowd that he “started doing this, since I was a little kid. “
“My dad started when he was a little kid, and my granddaddy, and his daddy before him. So it’s in my blood, and it’s in my family. I just want to thank you all again for coming out and supporting us, because we’re here for y’all and we already know y’all are here for us.”
After a ribbon cutting ceremony, Sharp provided those who were interested a walk-through tour of the facility. General Manager Keith Burnett and Plant Manager Ramona Stanley were on hand as well.
The catwalks provided a view of the goings-on in the facility, enabling those present to see the process from the beginning of the line all the way through to the end.
Stacks of finished product were lined up against one wall, reaching to the top of the warehouse, and the smell of oak permeated the building.
Stanley shared her gratitude at the jobs provided and the opportunity to once again work with those who are employed at the facility.
The facility is clean and organized, well ventilated, and spacious. Stanley credited her attention to detail and the efforts of the employees for that.