The Shawnee company, that has been around for more than a century, will expand its operation adding a new building and more jobs.

Roundhouse Workwear, a Shawnee staple, has plans to expand and bring more jobs to the area.

The company celebrated its expansion with an official groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, with state and Shawnee officials present.

“We have two factories in Oklahoma, one here in Shawnee and one in Wewoka,” Roundhouse Vice President David Antosh said. “It’s a huge boost to the economy. We’re hiring even right now. We’re fitting people into to the current factory and then once we expand we’ll push them on out, so we’re very excited about this expansion.”

The company employs around 80 people between its two factories, which produce denim work clothes. The company has been around for more than 100 years, and is the country’s largest exporter of denim jeans and overalls.

Roundhouse will begin construction on a 10,000-square foot addition to the Shawnee factory that it hopes to complete by next April, Antosh said. At least 40 new jobs will come to the Shawnee area as a result of the expansion.

“We hope to add about 40 new jobs, 20 at first, and the 20 more over the next couple of years,” Antosh said.

Roundhouse was recently the winner of the Governor’s Exporting Excellence Award for exporting denim to Asia and Europe.

Shawnee mayor Wes Mainord was at the groundbreaking, along with Shawnee City Council members Linda Agee and James Harrod. City Manager Brian McDougal, and District 26 House Rep. Justin Wood were also present.