ETS Express, Inc. (UPIC: ETSE) has opened a new manufacturing and distribution facility in Concord, North Carolina. The new facility will substantially increase the Oxnard, California-based supplier’s decorating and distribution capacity and play a significant role in supplying its products to customers shipping to the midwest, northeast and southern regions of the U.S. It will also provide shorter shipping times and lower freight costs than products shipping from its West Coast facilities in Oxnard.

The newly constructed industrial facility consists of over 152,000 square feet of combined office, production and warehouse space and is designed for the company’s future growth in the region. The building location, design, equipment and layout have been planned in a way that will exceed the company’s current capabilities. With this addition, ETS says it will more than double its current production capacity by the middle to end of 2016.

“This exciting expansion of our family-owned business to this area truly signifies our East Coast customers’ support and loyalty to our company over the last 30 years while we operated solely from the West Coast. We can now serve them better and repay them for that loyalty by building a beautiful production facility in their own backyard,” says Sharon Eyal, CEO of ETS Express. “We’ve had plans to expand our production operations to the East Coast for several years and we are very happy with our decision to invest in the Charlotte area. We firmly believe that it provides us the perfect location for our expansion and we plan to add more than 200 jobs to the local economy in the next 18 months.”

ETS Express has been running preliminary production on customer orders over the past couple months while opening this new facility. They will continue to run and ship as many East Coast bound orders as possible while expanding production capacity and incoming inventory. ETS Express plans to be fully operational with expanded production and shipping by June 2016.