PLAE, a Woodstock-based company specializing outfitting athletic training facilities is moving its headquarters to a larger space in Canton.

And, another Woodstock company — Transport Solutions of America — has purchased the former PLAE facility at 108 Arnold Mill Road, Woodstock.

Leaders of both companies said the moves are growth related.

The move for PLAE is its second within two years.

“We have outgrown our current headquarters and bought a much larger campus to facilitate our future growth strategies,” PLAE founder and Chief Executive Officer Brett Waits said via email. The new headquarters includes a 90,000-square-foot building on 10 acres, he said.

Since its initial headquarters move to Arnold Mill Road in 2018, PLAE has added an international office and this fall announced several partnerships and new products. PLAE is now working with ROGUE Fitness, a manufacturer of strength training equipment and BeaverFit, which builds Scout Locker mobile training facilities. In addition, this fall PLAE introduced Stealth, a noise reducing subfloor system. The company also introduced performance structures, which can be installed for outdoor athletic training or recreation.

PLAE is expected to be in its new facility by the end of the year.

Transport Solutions of America is expected to move into PLAE’s former headquarters by mid-January, said Tim Williamson, founder and president of TSOA.

“TSOA employs around 35 full time people in our Woodstock office and the move not only gives us more immediate room, but also allows us to expand in the coming years,” Williamson said. “TSOA delivers service vehicles to major corporate fleets in the US and Canada.”

The new TSOA and former PLAE headquarters had previously been city-owned property that housed a restaurant inside a replica of the Magnolia Thomas house, a historic house that burned, as well as a events facility called Magnolia Hall.

“It is our goal to preserve the original Magnolia Thomas House and improve the grounds. We feel it is important to leave some old things in place as downtown Woodstock develops,” Williamson said. “We have been located in Woodstock for 10 years and are excited to join the culture of downtown. PLAE has left us a beautifully developed work space complete with modern technology, which is important for our business growth.”

Staff writer Shannon Ballew contributed to this report.

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So a perfectly good restaurant was forced out of a great location to move in businesses that could be located anywhere. Who is making these decisions??😤

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