Manufacturing holding company Clarcor has agreed to buy a Maury County warehouse it plans to convert into its global research and development center.
Executives at Franklin-based Clarcor say they plan to spend $10 million to buy, renovate and staff the 10-year-old facility at 2203 Oakland Parkway on the western edge of Columbia into a hub featuring research laboratories, testing equipment, pilot and semi-works production lines and a learning center. They intend to add 35 jobs at the facility over the next five years and will relocate a smaller facility in Cincinnati here.
"The Innovation Center will focus on developing unique filtration media, advancing our nanofiber capabilities, and creating innovative processes and differentiated filtration products that can deliver increased value to our customers, employees and shareholders," said Chairman, President and CEO Chris Conway, who called the site half an hour from Cool Springs "the perfect place for us to operate and to be able to recruit top level talent, both internally and externally."
Clarcor employs about 5,200 full- and part-time people focused on innovation and the redesign of its products. In 2013, the company spent about $11.3 million on R&D