Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Affiliate of Hobby Lobby Stores Expands Employment, Payroll

Newspaper article THE JOURNAL RECORD

Affiliate of Hobby Lobby Stores Expands Employment, Payroll

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An employee increase of 213 and additional payroll of $4.36 million is under way at Worldwood Industries Inc., 5500 SW 38th St.

Worldwood is affiliated with Hobby Lobby Stores Inc. and is a supplier to the stores. The company manufactures store fixtures, picture frame mouldings, unfinished craftwood, T-shirts and sweat shirts. From 87 employees, employment is up to 114 and should reach 300 in the next three years, Worldwood said.

In July, Worldwood moved to 77,000 square feet in its present location and expects to expand eventually to the facility's full 140,000 square feet. Equipment investments of over $400,000 have been made.

"This company has experienced phenomenal growth since its inception in 1988," said Steve Wynn, plant manager. "This expansion allows us to begin our T-shirt and sweat shirt manufacturing program, as well as increase production in other manufacturing areas. Participation in the Quality Jobs Program will help spur further growth in the economy. …

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