A moving business is taking over a former Franklin manufacturing facility, with the goal of having more space and offering more options for its customers.
Greenwood Moving & Storage has moved out of the former Varynit Mills Garment Factory, just south of downtown Franklin at Wayne and Water streets, since the property was purchased by the Bemis Group. The developers plan to turn the property into a shopping area and events center.
The moving company, which also has an office and warehouse in Greenwood, is buying the former Atlas Copco facility, off Hurricane Road on the east side of Franklin. The factory closed last year when operations were moved to Belgium.
The 50,000-square-foot building and 4-acre property will be big enough to allow the company to consolidate its locations to two, instead of four, co-owner Kurt Lambert said. Once the purchase is finalized, Greenwood Moving & Storage will keep its space in Greenwood and rehabilitate the property in Franklin, he said.
The goal is to be able to use the larger facility to offer more storage options, he said. The property has docks, which can be used for shipping and receiving, and room for a forklift and more storage containers, such as the COWs or Containers on Wheels, the company offers for storage, he said.