Undercover Inc., a maker of ABS thermoformed truck-bed covers and accessories, is completing a $5.5 million expansion that will allow the company to offer its products with a Class A painted finish.
The 70,000-square-foot addition to its site in Rogersville houses a fully integrated painting operation, said Jason Hutchens, Undercover's marketing director, in a Sept. 16 telephone interview. Its existing building, with thermoforming operations, assembly, shipping and receiving, has 120,000 square feet of space.
When the company began operating in 2001, it offered covers in a textured black finish. In 2009, the company released its Undercover SE Smooth as a ready-to-paint product. The company shipped products to dealers that would perform the painting.
“We've been working on the ability to paint them for the last four years,” Hutchens said of the accomplishment, which included significant investment in tooling. Now, the company is able to offer the Class A finish.
As part of the expansion, Undercover will add about 30 workers, an increase of 30 percent to its employee base.
“We are about 95 percent complete,” he said. “We expect to be shipping to our distributors in early November.”