(Ocala, Fl) – The preeminent provider of procedural and clinical accommodations, Champion Manufacturing, LLC, is pleased to announce a ceremonial groundbreaking event for the new construction of a 54,000 square-foot expansion to their current Ocala facility. The building addition will position Champion to increase the number of employees and allow for innovation within the operations and production capacity of their high-quality and hand-crafted chairs. The new building will:
- Double the total amount of production lines in use from three to six
- Produce 70 new staff positions upon completion of construction increasing the overall staffing capacity by 45 percent
- New employment positions will include quality assurance positions, leadership roles, general production, upholstery, metalworking, and wood shop, all with on the job training
- Continue to make and improve market-leading clinical seating products and solutions in Ocala that began with Champion’s acquisition of Winco, Inc.
The groundbreaking event will showcase the expansion of Champion’s facility size by over 60 percent and secure their position as a leading employer in Marion County. The celebratory groundbreaking event will entertain employees, families, friends, and city dignitaries including Ocala City Councilmembers Ire Bethea, Sr. and James Hilty as well as Kevin Sheilley, President and CEO, and Bart Rowland, Director of Job Creation, from the Ocala Metro Chamber & Economic Partnership. The event will include a barbecue, outdoor games, water slides, pumpkin carving and decorating, a maze, jousting, and more.
“The addition of the Annex demonstrates our long-term commitment to Ocala,” said Paul McAllister, Chief Operating Officer for Champion. “It also helps us achieve our ongoing dedication to being “Champions of Care” for our customers globally,” he added.
“Each employee here at Champion is part of our family,” said Champion’s HR Director, Valinda Terrell. “Every day our incredible team is doing exceptional work to make Champion a leader in the medical chair industry. The groundbreaking event is celebrating their great work as much as it is the brand’s expansion. Today is a day to celebrate and have fun as part of our team regardless of position because each and every person has contributed to making this expansion possible.”
Growth is not possible without space. The additional 54,000 square-foot facility will provide the room and momentum to improve operations, production, and bring on new staff. The facility currently produces Winco and TransMotion (TMM Stretcher-Chairs) products and will begin to produce Champion Chairs on-site when the expansion is completed. The medical seating market is nearly a $4 billion a year industry that is expected to see continued growth in the next 10 years.
Construction is already in progress and is expected to be completed in March of 2023.
About Champion Manufacturing
Champion Manufacturing LLC, founded in 1992, is a medical device company specializing in medical seating that is designed to be both beautiful and comfortable for a premium patient and provider experience. Champion acquired Winco in March of 2021 and has since been producing quality medical seating in Ocala. Champion Chair focuses on producing high-quality and well-engineered medical seating for outpatient, post-acute medical facilities where the comfort of the patient is of the utmost importance. Champion also manufactures products for home care environments, patients in hospitals and imaging centers, as well as health providers. To get more information on Champion Manufacturing visit ChampionChair.com.