Templar to make Auburn home of operation


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



Auburn has a new manufacturer that is expecting to hire over 100 employees and pay $20 per hour for assembly workers.

Five retired Special Forces soldiers from Fort Campbell have created Templar Manufacturing, which is now based out of the old Hosiery Mill in Auburn. The company is leasing space at the empty factory to build small mobile housing units to be used for humanitarian disasters all over the world.

Brian McDaniel is one of the five who are quickly becoming a mark on the map. McDaniel said the units that come out of Auburn will be sent all over the globe if needed.

“After Hurricane Katrina hit, we saw the refugee problem up close and personal in the United States. People became homeless in a matter of hours,” said McDaniel. “My buddies and I decided we wanted to make a plan to help those that are touched by disasters such as this. So we sought out a small town where we could build these small housing units. Auburn became our base of operation.”

The units are approximately 377 square feet. They are built with a patented material that will last up to 100 years. The units can be moved by cargo ship all over the world. They will be able to support a family of three, are energy efficient, come equip with a kitchen, refrigeration, and a shower.

“This project is a good concept our employees can get behind,” said McDaniel.

Templar is partnering with Global Manufacturing. They, along with all 50 states, will work on contracts to build so many units per year. Right now Templar Manufacturing is handling five states, and will be making 3,600 units in the first year.

McDaniel said Templar is a company that cares about its employees. They do not consider themselves locked into the corporate world. They want to make a product that will help others, while helping their employees feed their families.

“We are offering good wages, benefits, and hours to allow our employees to take care of their families,” said McDaniel. “This is one of the reasons we selected Auburn. It’s a small town with good people.”

Auburn Mayor Mike Hughes is excited about McDaniel and his team coming to Auburn.

“This is great for our community. I know Brian and he and his partners are reputable people. They know those who have a long history in this business, and I am excited to see where this will go,” said Hughes.

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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