Masterbuilt announces expansion, new jobs

Just in time for Thanksgiving, Masterbuilt, maker of electric turkey fryers, announced plans to add new jobs and triple the size of the company over the next five years.

Masterbuilt has already moved into a 67,000 square foot warehouse off Milgen Road in Columbus after 16 years at their facility on Brown Avenue. The company invested $2.5 million to buy and renovate the facility that includes new office space.

"We plan on staying right here in Columbus, Ga., and growing here," said John McLemore, president and CEO of Masterbuilt.

The company will add 40 new jobs over the next five years in all departments including sales, accounting, design and engineering. The company currently employs about 50 people.

"If you want things to grow, you've got to spread them out a little," said Don McLemore, vice president and COO.

Masterbuilt was founded 34 years ago by Dawson McLemore in his backyard making baker's racks, fern stands and orrnamental ironwork. Today his sons, John and Don McLemore, own and operate the company. Masterbuilt designs and markets products including grills, smokers, gas fryers, automotive cargo carriers, bike racks and accessories.