Hurst Boiler & Welding Co., Inc. has authorized the construction of a major building expansion, a project that will double the current size of their manufacturing facilities and corporate headquarters in Coolidge, GA, to over 220,000 sq ft.

Groundbreaking occurred in mid-2006, with construction and occupancy being completed for the Grand Opening on April 12, 2007.

The construction project represents Hurst Boiler's continued commitment to the community. "The Hurst Boiler & Welding Company 60,000 sq ft expansion is a tangible example of the commitment to excellence that Hurst has demonstrated throughout their 40 year history," said Don Sims, president of the Thomasville-Thomas County Chamber of Commerce. "In a global economy, Hurst has positioned itself to compete successfully and has provided a superior product for its customers, while creating excellent career opportunities for its employees."

One of the new features of the Hurst expansion is the 35,000 sq ft state-of-the- art Vessel Code Shop. Plant visitors will be able to view the latest in boiler technology and boiler and vessel manufacturing processes. Training and continuing education facilities will also be included in the new design and office space, encompassing 17,050 sq ft.