Tempur Sealy will break ground on its $138 million foam-pouring plant near Crawfordsville in October, Montgomery County Administrator Tom Klein announced Monday.
The plant will be the Lexington, Kentucky-based mattress and bedding manufacturer’s largest production facility in the world, creating about 300 new jobs. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for 10 a.m. Oct. 7.
Ever since Montgomery County was selected in a nationwide search, county officials have been laying the groundwork for the company’s arrival.
In June, the Board of Commissioners approved the rezoning of farmland on East C.R. 200S between C.R. 250E and Nucor Road for the plant. The project’s first phase calls for building an approximately 700,000 square-foot facility which can be expanded to 1 million square feet.
Nearby residents opposed the rezoning, saying there was a lack of transparency in the process and raising concerns about increased traffic and environmental impacts.
The county has agreed to reconstruct the road from Nucor Road to the facility to accommodate Tempur’s transportation needs. That portion of the road will become Comfort Drive on Sept. 1.
Indiana American Water will expand its water line down Nucor Road to the site and a water tower will be installed. The county has applied for $5 million in state funding for the expansion and hopes to learn later this week whether the grant will be awarded.
Tempur manufactures bedding products and components for brands including Tempur-Pedic and Stearns & Foster. The company recently extended its contract with Mattress Firm.