Were happy to be in Wilson County. All I forecast in the future for us is growth, said David Love, co-founder and chief executive officer of Care Line, a family owned business that makes patient care kits and custom pillows for the medical profession. The company was founded in 1969.
Care Line, however, is no stranger to Wilson County having been in operation here for the past 30 years at a site on Northern Road where workers at the injection molding shop there produce plastics for the hospital industry.
There are 16 people employed at the Northern Road facility, and they will move to the new site on the corner of Hartmann Drive and Baddour Parkway in April.
We do plan to expand, Love said, adding the company also has facilities in Pittsburgh, Penn., and in Reno, Nev. Care Line has a total workforce of about 160 people.
Love said the former Hartmann Luggage building was in good shape and did not require any renovation, only some cleaning up. The building is about 160,000 square feet in size and includes office, manufacturing and warehouse facilities. The parcel on which it is located is 16.83 acres in size.
Samsonite, which purchased Hartmann Luggage in August and closed it in December 2012, will continue to lease and operate the 3,000 square foot retail store located on the property.
Hartmann produced high-end luggage and was founded in 1877. Ira Katz was the owner and moved the facility to the corner of Baddour Parkway and Hartmann Drive in 1959. It was one of the first businesses to open in the William D. Baird Industrial Subdivision.
At one point, Hartmann produced all of its luggage at the Lebanon site and employed more than 350 workers. However, over time, most of its manufacturing operations were moved to China and South America.
Samsonite hired XMi Commercial Real Estate of Nashville to seek a buyer for the building.
Love declined to name the purchase price for the building. When it first went on the market, the asking price had been listed at $2.65 million.
Stan Snipes and Henry Menge of XMi Commercial Real Estate represented Samsonite in the sale.
Purchasing the Hartmann Luggage facility is a significant demonstration of their long-term commitment to Middle Tennessee and the local community, Snipes said.
We will make Lebanon home for a number of years, Love said.