FARMINGTON, Maine. (WABI) A New Sharon native has expanded his martial arts apparel company to Farmington.
Origin USA held a ribbon cutting Wednesday at its new 20,000 square foot factory and headquarters.
"Welcome to our beautiful town. The rain blew out and the sky cleared and the weather turned perfect just in time for this event- so I take it as a sign of great things to come," said Farmington's Town Manager Dick Davis.
Origin USA is a global distributor of grappling uniforms, nutritional supplements, and performance gear for athletic customers.
Expecting a 100% growth year after year for the next five years, this made-in-America factory is a dream come true for the company's founder Pete Roberts.
"As we take back manufacturing and vertically integrate and rescue Maine's old machinery from the mills and put them back to work, and find the old timers to regain the knowledge- all those folks, all that machinery, everything that we've done so far is proven through the ribbon cutting," said Roberts.
Recently, Origin USA merged with best-selling author, top-rated podcast host, and former Navy SEAL Commander Jocko Willink and his industry brand. Willink's passionate patriotism and no-nonsense work ethic seems right in line with this home-grown manufacturer.
"I could not be prouder than to be a part of this company (Origin), which like America itself will succeed because of the power of the American worker. It will succeed because of the power of American grit. And Origin will succeed because of the unmatched power of the American dream," said Willink.
Recently receiving a half a million dollars from the state in a Community Development Block Grant, the factory can now employ an additional 16 workers, meaning they will eventually employ nearly 40 Mainers.
"We're just getting started. This is just the start for us," said Roberts.
He hopes to have machines up and running by the 1st of September.