Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Tyson Foods to Create 1,500 New Jobs in Humboldt

POSTED BY: CARLY SCHROER

Leading food processor to invest more than $300 million 

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Tyson Food, Inc. officials announced today that the company will locate new operations in Gibson County.

Leading food processor, Tyson Foods, will create more than 1,500 jobs and invest over $300 million in Humboldt, which represents Tyson’s biggest investment in Tennessee and the single largest investment in Gibson County’s history. 

“I want to thank Tyson Foods for choosing Humboldt as the location for its new operations and for creating 1,500 new jobs in Gibson County,” Haslam said. “The new facility will be Tyson’s fifth location in Tennessee and it means a great deal that a company of this magnitude continues to grow its footprint in our state. I appreciate Tyson for its continued commitment to Tennessee and for helping us get one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.” 

“Today’s announcement that Tyson Foods will invest $300 million and create 1,500 jobs is great news for the people of Gibson County,” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said. “Companies continue to thrive in Tennessee because of our strong business climate and commitment to workforce development, and I applaud Governor Haslam and Commissioner Rolfe for all they do to make investments like this possible.”

Tyson Foods is one of the world’s largest food processing companies. The company produces chicken, beef and pork, as well as prepared foods. The company offers food products under Tyson, Jimmy Dean, Hillshire Farm, Sara Lee, Ball Park, Wright, Aidells and State Fair brands. Tyson currently has four facilities in Tennessee and employs approximately 5,000 Tennesseans. 

“I want to congratulate Tyson Foods on locating its new facility in Gibson County,” Rolfe said. “Tyson’s decision to select Humboldt to invest over $300 million and create 1,500 new jobs will be transformational to this area of West Tennessee. Tyson has been a great partner to our state for 45 years, and I want to thank the company for making the largest investment in Gibson County’s history.” 

“Our company has been successfully producing chicken in Tennessee for more than 45 years, so we’re pleased to expand our presence in the state with this major investment,” said Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry for Tyson Foods. “We’re grateful for the invitation to become part of Humboldt and Gibson County. The location is attractive to us because of the strong support we’ve received from state and local leaders, the existing industrial park and availability of labor, as well as access to feed grains produced in the region.”

Tyson will locate its new facility on the Select Tennessee Certified Gibson County Industrial Park North site in Humboldt. The new facility will operate as a tray pack facility, which will include a hatchery, processing facility and feed mill. The facility is set to be fully operational by 2019.

"We are proud that Tyson has chosen our state and this community for this project,” Commissioner of Agriculture Jai Templeton said. “Every new job benefits a family. Every new market opportunity for poultry and grain producers benefits our farmers. Every dollar invested benefits Humboldt and Gibson County, as well as the surrounding counties. And when rural Tennessee prospers, all of Tennessee prospers."

Local officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority thanked Tyson Foods for its investment and new jobs in Gibson County. 

“This is an historic day for Humboldt, Gibson County and West Tennessee,” Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes said. “I want to thank Tyson Foods for its commitment to our community and region. The significant job creation and capital investment that will result from this project will have a positive impact on our community that will last for many years, and I could not be more excited about the future of Humboldt and Gibson County.” 

“Many years of dedicated work from countless Gibson County citizens and volunteers have laid the foundation for the arrival of this day,” Gibson County Mayor Tom Witherspoon said. “There is not a doubt in my mind that Tyson Foods’ tremendous job creation and capital investment will have a long lasting, positive impact in Gibson County that will ring in a new era of economic growth bringing opportunity for all of our citizens.”

“TVA and Humboldt Utilities are excited to congratulate Tyson Foods on its decision to locate in Gibson County and create over one thousand new job opportunities,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Helping to foster job creation and investment in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with Gibson County Economic Development, City of Humboldt, Gibson County Chamber of Commerce, Humboldt Chamber of Commerce and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission.” 

Humboldt and Gibson County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon) and Rep. Curtis Halford (R – Dyer) in the Tennessee General Assembly. 

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

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Tyson Foods Expanding in Union City

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) officials announced today that the food processing company will invest approximately $80 million to expand operations in Union City.

Tyson, one of the world’s largest food companies, plans to create more than 300 new jobs as part of the expansion in Obion County. 

“Tyson has been an integral part of Obion County for 20 years and I’m pleased to see the company move forward with this more than 300-job expansion in Union City,” Haslam said. “With more than 1,000 employees in West Tennessee, Tyson’s impact on the community extends to the local farmers supported by its operations. I’d like to thank Tyson for its continued commitment to West Tennessee and bringing us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“It is vital that we do all we can to create a business environment where our existing employers can expand and create new job opportunities for hard working Tennesseans, especially in rural, Tier-4 counties such as Obion County,” Rolfe said. “Tyson’s considerable investment in West Tennessee is yet another validation of our efforts to attract more investment and jobs to our rural communities. I’d like to thank Tyson for laying the groundwork for more than 300 new jobs that will have a major impact on the residents and families of Obion County.”

Tyson plans to add 25,000 square feet and new production lines to its Union City plant, effectively doubling its output capabilities at the facility. Construction is scheduled to begin this fall. The expansion is expected to be operational by mid-2019. 

“Customer and consumer demand for protein, especially chicken, is increasing so we’re investing in projects that build on our strengths, expand our capabilities and increase our capacity,” Tyson’s Doug Ramsey, group president of poultry, said. “Expansions like this position us to grow and support our customers.”

Tyson’s Union City complex supplies chicken for a national foodservice customer. The company also operates facilities in Goodlettsville, Newbern and Shelbyville, employing about 5,000 in Tennessee.

Local officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority praised Tyson for its commitment to expand in Obion County.

‘We have been so fortunate to have Tyson as a major employer in our city, county and area,” Union City Mayor Terry Hailey said. “With this expansion, we are assured of even more good jobs for our people. And, Tyson is an excellent corporate citizen getting behind many area projects. For that, we are grateful and we know that this expansion means that Tyson is even more committed to Union City and Obion County just as we are committed to them.” 

“TVA and Union City Electric congratulate Tyson on its decision to expand in Union City, Tennessee, creating hundreds of new job opportunities and investing in the area,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “It is always an exciting day when an existing company is committed to continuing growth in the Valley, and we are pleased to partner with Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, Union City, Obion County and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to celebrate this announcement.”

Union City and Obion County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon), Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden) and Rep. Bill Sanderson (R – Kenton) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About Tyson Foods, Inc.
Tyson Foods Inc. (NYSE: TSN) is one of the world’s largest food companies and a recognized leader in protein. Founded in 1935 by John W. Tyson and grown under three generations of family leadership, the company has a broad portfolio of products and brands like Tyson®, Jimmy Dean®, Hillshire Farm®, Ball Park®, Wright®, Aidells®, ibp® and State Fair®. Tyson Foods innovates continually to make protein more sustainable, tailor food for everywhere it’s available and raise the world’s expectations for how much good food can do. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, the company has 114,000 team members. Through its Core Values, Tyson Foods strives to operate with integrity, create value for its shareholders, customers, communities and team members and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it. Visit www.tysonfoods.com.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

WTIA Executive Committee Names New Executive Director

Jackson, TN—The West Tennessee Industrial Association Executive Committee has named Kimberly Kee as Executive Director. Ms. Kee has been with the Association for 26 years, serving as Operations Director since 2002.

“It has been my pleasure to serve the citizens of West Tennessee for these many years,” said Ms. Kee. “I am honored to have the opportunity to add greater value to the Association’s membership, and, as a result, to the people they serve.”

The West Tennessee Industrial Association is a membership based organization funded by the electric power companies that distribute TVA electricity. WTIA is in its 61st year of providing economic development assistance to the region. Ms. Kee will lead the Association in its mission to assist with preparing and positioning West Tennessee communities to be successful in their efforts to generate wealth and create economic opportunity.

For more information on West Tennessee Industrial Association, visit www.wtia.org

Commissioner Rolfe Announces Bongards’ Creameries to Make Major Expansion in Humboldt

POSTED BY: SCOTT HARRISON

Farmer-owned dairy cooperative to create up to 95 jobs 

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Bongards’ Creameries officials announced today that the food producer will invest $35 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Humboldt. 

Bongards plans to create approximately 95 jobs over the next five years as part of the Gibson County expansion.

“We’ve sought to create a business climate in Tennessee that encourages existing companies to grow and create job opportunities for our residents,” Rolfe said. “Bongards is nearly doubling its workforce in Humboldt and offering high quality jobs that will have strong impact on Gibson County. I’m pleased to see Bongards make this considerable investment in Northwest Tennessee.” 

Bongards, a farmer-owned cooperative, has operated in Humboldt since 2010. The Humboldt facility produces a range of cheese products. Bongards will add around 80,000 square feet to its facility in Gibson County, allowing the company to increase production, packaging and processing capabilities.

The company also plans to create a new fund to help grow education opportunities for local residents and improve job prospects.

“Bongards is very excited about the opportunity to grow our processing capabilities in Humboldt, Tennessee,” Bongards CFO Chris Freeman said. “We have found many strong partners at both the state and local levels who have worked with tirelessly with us to help bring this expansion forward.  We look forward to a growing presence in Tennessee for years to come.”

"It is a great day for the City of Humboldt, Gibson County and the surrounding area,” Humboldt Mayor Marvin Sikes said. “I would like to thank Bongards and its corporate team for expanding the Humboldt plant and investing in its employees and the future well-being of our city."

“This is a great day for Humboldt and Gibson County,” Kingsley Brock, director of Economic Development for Gibson County, said. “We are very appreciative of the capital investment Bongards is making in the Humboldt plant and the new jobs that will be created as a result of this expansion. Humboldt is proud to be home of the only processed cheese plant in the Southeast.”

“TVA and Humboldt Utilities congratulate Bongards on its latest plans to expand and create new quality jobs in Humboldt, Tennessee,” John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development, said. “We are pleased to partner with the State of Tennessee, the Greater Gibson County Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Humboldt to support existing business and industry growth.”

Humboldt and Gibson County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon) and Rep. Curtis Halford (R – Dyer) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About Bongards’ Creameries
Bongards’ Creameries is a farmer-owned co-op formed in 1908 in Bongards, Minn. With over a century of cheese-making expertise, they are a vertically integrated, global cheese supplier producing millions of pounds of natural cheese, process cheese, cream cheese, imitation cheese and whey each year. Their products can be found in commercial restaurants, K-12 schools, convenience stores, retail delis, and more. Bongards’ headquarters are in Chanhassen Minnesota with three production facilities located in Bongards Minnesota, Perham Minnesota, and Humboldt Tennessee. Find them on the web at Bongards.com, like them on Facebook at facebook.com/bongardspremiumcheese/

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

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Campbell Arms Manufacturing LLC to Establish Facility in McKenzie

New operation to create 50 jobs in Carroll County 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC officials announced today that the company will invest $1.1 million to establish a facility in McKenzie.

Campbell Arms Manufacturing plans to create 50 new jobs at the manufacturing plant in Carroll County. 

“I’d like to welcome Campbell Arms Manufacturing to McKenzie,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee’s skilled workforce has positioned our local communities for continued growth in advanced manufacturing. This investment will result in 50 well-paying jobs and I look forward to the long-term boost Campbell’s presence will have for the citizens of Carroll County.” 

Campbell Arms Manufacturing is a veteran-owned business built around specialists with experience in U.S. Army testing labs, military agencies and police departments.

“Campbell Arms Manufacturing looks forward to reaching its full potential here in Carroll County,” Campbell Arms Manufacturing Owner Blaine Campbell said. “We know this area will provide us with the sound, reliable workforce we need to make the high quality components and systems needed by our clients. We are eager, not only to start manufacturing, but to establish ourselves as a community partner.” 

Campbell Arms Manufacturing plans to upgrade an existing 20,000-square-foot facility in McKenzie. The company will manufacture firearms components at the McKenzie plant predominantly for military agencies and police departments.

“It’s always good news when we can add jobs to our local economy, and I want to thank the officials with Campbell Arms Manufacturing for their decision to locate operations in McKenzie,” McKenzie Mayor Jill Holland said. “We offer them our congratulations for continued success, and appreciate Campbell Arms Manufacturing’s investment in our community and faith in our workforce, which is one of the best you can find anywhere.” 

“The decision by Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC to locate in Carroll County is a welcome one, as the company will play an important role in McKenzie's growing economy,” McKenzie Industrial Development Director Frank Tate said. “Additionally, I thank the company for its investment and the creation of much needed new jobs, and I wish Campbell Arms Manufacturing the best in its future endeavors.”

McKenzie and Carroll County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon), Rep. Curtis Halford (R – Dyer) and Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: TNECD.com. Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/TNECD.

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Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Stanley Black & Decker Inc. to Make Major Investment

Posted by: Scott Harrison

Fortune 500 manufacturer to create approximately 255 new jobs in Madison County

JACKSON, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Stanley Black & Decker, Inc. (NYSE: SWK) officials announced today that the tool and hardware manufacturer will invest over $29 million to make significant facility upgrades to its operations in Jackson. Stanley Black & Decker’s investment will relocate new lines of production and product development to its facility in Madison County. The Fortune 500 Company plans to create approximately 255 new jobs at its Jackson facility.

“When a global company like Stanley Black & Decker makes a considerable investment like this, it sends a clear message: If you’re looking for a strong workforce and business-friendly environment, look no further than Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Stanley Black & Decker has long been a valuable corporate citizen in Jackson and this investment brings us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“I recently had the opportunity to tour Stanley Black & Decker’s Jackson facility and meet with the management team,” Rolfe said. “For decades, the Jackson community has been able to provide the dedicated, high quality workforce Stanley Black & Decker needs to run such an impressive operation. I’m pleased the company’s leadership has decided to make this major investment and create more than 250 new jobs in Madison County."

Alongside manufacturing upgrades, Stanley Black & Decker plans to bring its 500,000-square-foot distribution center onsite back into full service. The Jackson plant is currently undergoing major upgrades to create one of Stanley Black & Decker’s first “Lighthouse” facilities, which will serve as a showcase and model for new advanced manufacturing techniques, systems and processes.

“Not only are we adding jobs, capacity and volume in Jackson as a result of growth driven by the commitment of an excellent team, we’re doing something even better,” Jeff Ansell, President of Stanley Black & Decker’s Tools business, said. “We are adding capabilities that will turn this facility into the pinnacle of next-generation manufacturing. As a company, we operate nearly 30 factories in the United States, and our team in Jackson has earned this investment. I have confidence that they will capitalize upon this opportunity and set the standard for manufacturing in our facilities around the world.”

Stanley Black & Decker’s power tool production facility in Jackson currently employs approximately 550 employees. The Jackson plant serves customers globally with DEWALT, Stanley, Bostitch and Porter-Cable branded power tool products, components and air compressors.

In addition to the increase in jobs and capacity, Stanley Black & Decker also reaffirmed its commitment to the Jackson community by announcing a scholarship program at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT). The five-year, $50,000 scholarship program will support students enrolling at the College beginning this fall, and will further the TCAT’s mission to provide occupational and workforce development opportunities to area residents. “With the increase in jobs coupled with the increased in advanced manufacturing capabilities, we believe that it makes perfect sense for us to additionally support TCAT’s efforts to develop the manufacturing workforce of the future,” Don Tucker, Plant Manager for Stanley Black & Decker’s Jackson facility, said. “This program represents our commitment to supporting the development of the next-generation of employees right here in this region.”

Local officials applauded Stanley Black & Decker for its planned expansion in Jackson. “Stanley Black & Decker has been a dynamic force in Jackson’s economy with a longtime commitment to community,” City of Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said. “We are thrilled for its success and growth in our area and proud the company calls Jackson home.”

“Stanley Black & Decker’s devotion to excellence and proficiency in our economy reinforces sustainability and livability in this area,” Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris said. “We are proud to have the company as a longstanding member of the Madison County business community.”

Jackson and Madison County are represented by Sen. Ed Jackson (R – Jackson), Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (R – Jackson) and Rep. Johnny Shaw (D – Bolivar) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: TNECD.com. Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/TNECD.

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Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Frazier Industrial Company to Locate in Dyer County

Posted by: Carly Schroer

Structural storage racking system manufacturer to invest $17.4 million, create 120 new jobs

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Frazier Industrial Company officials today announced the company will build a new manufacturing facility in Dyersburg. The leading structural storage racking system manufacturer will invest approximately $17.4 million and create 120 new jobs in Dyer County.

“In Tennessee, we are known for our highly skilled workforce, especially in the manufacturing sector, and it means a great deal that Frazier will be adding even more jobs to this steadily growing sector,” Haslam said. “I want to thank Frazier for its commitment to create more than 100 jobs in Dyersburg and for bringing us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“When a company like Frazier chooses Tennessee as the location for its new manufacturing facility, it speaks volumes to our strong business climate and optimal location that makes our state a great place for companies to grow and succeed,” Rolfe said. “I want to thank Frazier for its decision to locate new operations in Dyersburg and for creating 120 new jobs in our state and Dyer County.”

As part of the IMPROVE Act, which was passed by the General Assembly and signed to law in April 2017, manufacturing companies will have the option to use a single weighted sales factor, which will make Tennessee more competitive when recruiting new manufacturing companies and jobs.

Frazier Industrial is the leading producer of structural steel pallet rack systems. The company has the largest production capacity in the industry. With over 60 years of experience, Frazier’s expert team of engineers helps its customers design the best, most cost-effective storage solutions. The company’s product is used in all types of business sectors including food, refrigerated storage, beverage, retail, transportation, manufacturing, chemical, pharmaceutical, ecommerce and more.

“I want to extend our appreciation to the State of Tennessee and the City of Dyersburg for working with us on finding a home for our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Dyersburg. It was an extensive selection process, ultimately resulting in locating our tenth manufacturing facility in Dyersburg,” President of Frazier Industrial Company Carlos P. Oliver said. “We intend to utilize this new facility in order to penetrate the Midwest market, and we look forward to having a successful venture in Dyersburg that we all can be proud of.”

Frazier plans to build a new 175,000-square-foot facility in Dyersburg that is set to be completed in early 2018. With Frazier’s new Tennessee manufacturing facility, the company will be better equipped to service the surrounding states and its customers.

Local officials thanked Frazier for its commitment to Dyer County. “This is an exciting day for our community with the announcement that Frazier has chosen Dyersburg as the location of its newest manufacturing facility,” Dyersburg Mayor John Holden said. “With manufacturing sites across the United States, Canada and Mexico, we are elated as a community to be selected as the location for Frazier’s newest facility. On behalf of the citizens of Dyersburg, we thank you and look forward to a long-lasting and successful relationship.”

“I am very excited Frazier has decided to call Dyer County home,” Dyer County Mayor Chris Young said. “I look forward to a long and healthy relationship with them for many years to come. Dyer County residents and others from the surrounding area will have opportunities with Frazier for a rewarding career and for that we are thankful the company chose Dyer County.”

“When a great company like Frazier selects a great community like Dyersburg, great things do happen. Quality company means quality jobs,” West Tennessee Industrial Association Executive Director Michael Philpot said.

"TVA and Dyersburg Electric System congratulate Frazier on its decision to locate in Dyersburg, Tennessee, and create many new quality job opportunities," TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. "We are privileged to partner with the State of Tennessee, Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Dyersburg and Dyer County to facilitate Frazier’s new location decision."

Dyersburg and Dyer County are represented by Sen. Ed Jackson (R – Jackson) and Rep. Bill Sanderson (R – Kenton) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

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Republic Builders in McKenzie to Expand Workforce

Republic Builders plans to hire 20 full-time workers, some entry level and some skilled for a second shift. The company opened in 1976 and manufactures steel doors and frames.

On January 1st the company was purchased by the Ireland-based Allegion, a leading global security products and solutions provider, and has experienced a significant increase in production under the new ownership. 

Republic Builders manufacturing and offices occupy 240,000 square feet on 33 acres in McKenzie.

MIG Steel Fabrication, LLC to Expand in Lexington

Posted by: Scott Harrison
Steel fabrication leader to invest $1.5 million, create 20 jobs
NASHVILLE – MIG Steel Fabrication, LLC announced today that it will expand in Lexington. The leader in steel fabrication will invest $1.5 million and create 20 new jobs in Henderson County.

“Manufacturers Industrial Group has grown to become one of Tennessee’s largest employers and it is very encouraging that its subsidiary, MIG Steel Fabrication, is planning to further invest and create jobs in its hometown of Lexington,” TNECD Chief Operating Officer Ted Townsend said. “Expansions by existing companies show businesses have confidence in the strength of Tennessee’s workforce and we’d like to thank MIG Steel Fabrication for its continued role in Henderson County’s economy.”

MIG Steel Fabrication, a subsidiary to Lexington’s Manufacturers Industrial Group, LLC, began in 2007 as a fabrication service to the larger family of MIG subsidiaries, which employ approximately 1,800 people at six Tennessee locations. 

MIG Steel Fabrication has since grown to become a leader in steel fabrication solutions in West Tennessee, employing 45 people and providing structural steel and other fabricated metals for the broader industrial, commercial and medical construction markets across the Southeast. 

“We are extremely pleased to receive training assistance from TNECD,” Andre Gist, CEO of Manufacturers Industrial Group, said. “In this competitive and scarce skill trade environment, these funds are crucial to develop workers needed for our business.” 

MIG’s Steel Fabrication’s investment in its Lexington facility will go toward purchasing new machinery equipment to meet growing demand. The company will hire welders, pipe fitters and salaried support staff.  

Local officials applauded MIG Steel Fabrication for its expansion plans in Lexington. 

“Any news concerning the creation of additional jobs in our county is certainly welcome news to the people who live here,” Henderson County Mayor Dan Hughes said. “We appreciate the expansion here so much that our governments and people stand ready to assist in any way.  We look forward to continuing our working relationship with MIG Steel Fabrication in the future as it grows and develops." 

“The decision by MIG Steel Fabrication to expand in our community further strengthens its position as an important part of Lexington’s manufacturing industry,” City of Lexington Mayor David Jowers said. “We take pride in the fact that our quality workforce and business-friendly environment influenced this decision to further invest in our community. We look forward to seeing the impact this growing company will continue to have on our county.” 

 “We are excited to partner with the Department of Economic & Community Development as we assist MIG Steel Fabrication in expanding and creating new jobs for our citizens,” Teresa Jones, executive director of the Lexington-Henderson County Alliance, said. “MIG Steel Fabrication’s decision to invest further in Henderson County by creating new jobs within its facility is a real reason to celebrate, and we look forward to this company's continued growth in Lexington for many years to come."
Lexington and Henderson County are represented by Sen. Dolores Gresham (R – Somerville) and Rep. Steve McDaniel (R – Parkers Crossroads) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: TNECD.com. Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/TNECD.
 
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Haslam Announces Bob Rolfe as ECD Commissioner

Posted by: Jennifer Donnals

Rolfe has 33 years of experience in business and investment banking in Tennessee 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Nashville business executive Bob Rolfe as commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). An innovative business leader, Rolfe, 56, has more than three decades of experience in business and investment banking in Tennessee.

“Bob Rolfe has spent his career growing companies and creating jobs, and he will bring incredible experience and energy to our work of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs and ensuring that success is felt throughout the state,” Haslam said. “Bringing someone of Bob’s caliber to this position says a lot about the momentum we have right now in Tennessee, and I know that will continue to flourish under his leadership.” 

Rolfe comes to the administration from Medical Reimbursements of America (MRA), a 250-employee Franklin company that provides specialty reimbursement solutions for more than 500 hospitals and health systems across the country. As chairman and CEO, he led the development and rollout of the first technology-based solution dedicated exclusively to the resolution of complex accident claims.

In 2011, Rolfe co-founded West End Holdings, a Nashville-based private equity partnership that acquires and manages underperforming companies, transforming their operating and financial performance. He spent the first 18 years of his career as an investment banker at J.C. Bradford and Co. 

“As a lifelong Tennessean, it is an honor to have the opportunity to serve our governor and the citizens of our great state,” Rolfe said. “After spending many years working in the business community, I look forward to applying my energy and efforts toward recruiting additional capital investment and jobs across the state of Tennessee.”

A native of Nashville, Rolfe received his executive MBA from the Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama. An active member of the Nashville community, he currently serves on the advisory board of Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

He and his wife, Kathy, live in Nashville and have three adult children, Robert, Carly and Leslie. They are members of First Presbyterian Church, where Rolfe has served as an elder for more than 20 years. 

Rolfe joins the administration on March 1. He replaces Randy Boyd who left ECD earlier this month to return to the private sector. 

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Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Williams Sausage Company, Inc. to Expand in Union City

Food manufacturer to build second facility, create 226 new jobs 

UNION CITY, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Williams Sausage Company, Inc. officials announced today that the longtime Tennessee food manufacturer will build a second plant in Union City. The expansion will create 226 new jobs in Obion County over the next five years.

“For generations, Tennessee has made some of the best-known and most-respected food brands in the world. Williams Sausage Company is part of this strong legacy and I’m pleased it has decided to build a second plant in Union City,” Haslam said. “This major expansion by Williams Sausage will create hundreds of new jobs for Obion County residents and bring us closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“In the last six years, the food and beverage industry has poured $2 billion worth of investment into Tennessee alongside more than 6,500 new job commitments,” Boyd said. “The food manufacturing industry now employs more than 33,500 Tennesseans. When a homegrown business like Williams Sausage plans to further invest in Tennessee, it’s a strong affirmation of our state’s high-skilled workforce and business-friendly environment. On behalf of Team Tennessee, I’d like to thank Williams Sausage for committing to create 226 new jobs in Obion County.”

Founded in 1958 by Harold and Hazel Williams, Williams Sausage produces fresh sausage, fully cooked sausage, bacon, sandwiches and other food products for wholesale to retail grocers, restaurants, whole grocery warehouses and food distributors.

Williams Sausage brands are now sold in more than 4,000 retail outlets in 20 states. Williams Sausage remains a family-owned business managed by the founders’ sons, David and Roger Williams. 

“Williams Sausage Company and the Williams family are excited about expanding in our hometown,” Roger Williams, CEO of Williams Sausage, said. “The support we have received from the State of Tennessee, Union City, and Obion County in this endeavor has been overwhelming and will help propel our business to a new level. We are extremely thankful for our existing team members and customers, who have made our business such a success that we need to build this new facility.” 

The company’s Union City plant has undergone several expansions, most recently in 2012. 

With its existing Union City plant operating at near capacity, Williams Sausage will invest about $37 million to construct an approximately 180,000-square-foot facility in Obion County, which will include a cold storage distribution center, truck maintenance operations, corporate offices and a new sandwich processing line.

Local officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority praised Williams Sausage for its plans to invest further and create new jobs in Obion County. 

“Williams Sausage has long been a vital part of our community,” Union City Mayor Terry Hailey said. “This new construction and addition to our workforce is most welcome. It shows that the Williams family is intent on a bright future and we are delighted to be part of it.”

“Congratulations to Williams Sausage on its decision to expand and create hundreds of new jobs in Obion County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “TVA and Union City Electric are proud to partner with the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, Obion County and Union City, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to facilitate impactful new job creation and support existing industry growth in the Valley.” 

“We are very excited to have Williams Sausage ultimately choose Union City over numerous other locations throughout the Southeast,” Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, said. “This new location will allow for potential growth at the existing facility, and we are very much looking forward to continuing to work with Roger and his team in the future.”

Union City and Obion County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon), Rep. Bill Sanderson (R – Kenton) and Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: TNECD.com. Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/TNECD.

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Teknor Apex to Expand in Brownsville

Composites manufacturer to invest $32.2 million, create 50 new jobs

BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Teknor Apex officials announced today that the company will expand in Brownsville. Teknor Apex will invest $32.2 million and create 50 new jobs in Haywood County. 

“Teknor Apex is Haywood County’s largest employer and it has been crucial part of the community’s economic success for nearly five decades,” Boyd said. “Its decision to further invest in Haywood County is a strong vote of confidence in the advantages Brownsville and Tennessee offer global companies – a skilled workforce, ready access to global markets and business climate that enables innovation and growth. On behalf of Team Tennessee, I’d like to thank Teknor Apex for choosing to create 50 new jobs and investing in both Haywood County and its residents.”  

Teknor Apex plans to build a 200,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Brownsville-Haywood County Industrial Park. The expansion will allow Teknor Apex to grow the manufacturing units within its existing plant. 

Teknor Apex is one of the world’s leading custom producers of compounds, composites and plastics. It currently manufacturers products for four divisions at its 1-million-square-foot Brownsville facility: nylon, vinyl, chemical and garden hoses. Teknor Apex’s compounds are used in various applications, ranging from wire and cable products to automotive, medical, consumer and industrial products. 

“Teknor Apex is grateful to Haywood County, the City of Brownsville and the State of Tennessee for their continued support as we continue to invest in our shared future,” Rob Lincer, general manager of Teknor Apex in Brownsville, said. “We made a commitment to this facility and community almost 50 years ago and are proud to see it continue to grow. We are equally as proud of our employees, both present and past, that have made it possible.”

Teknor Apex is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and has 20 facilities across the world. The company first established operations in Brownsville in 1971. Teknor Apex has continued to grow since locating in Brownsville, recently surpassing 600 employees with new hires over the past year.   
Local officials applauded Teknor Apex for its decision to expand further in Haywood County.  

“On behalf of the City of Brownsville, we are proud of the team effort to stimulate job creation and economic development through the expansion of Teknor Apex and its facilities,” Brownsville Mayor William D. Rawls, Jr. said. “As we recruit new industry, it is imperative that we sustain our existing industry by offering means of support.”

Brownsville and Haywood County are represented by Sen. Dolores Gresham (R – Somerville) and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D – Ripley) in the Tennessee General Assembly. 

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development 
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: TNECD.com. Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/TNECD
 
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Allegion Acquires Republic Doors & Frames

Allegion Acquires Republic Doors & Frames

DUBLIN (Jan. 3, 2017) – Allegion, PLC (NYSE: ALLE), a leading global security products and solutions provider, has acquired Republic Doors & Frames, Inc. (Republic) through one of its subsidiaries.

Republic manufactures hollow metal doors and frames, complementing Allegion’s Steelcraft® brand and core business in the Americas region. Headquartered in McKenzie, Tenn., Republic generated approximately $20 million in net sales for the period ending Dec. 31, 2015. Additionally, Republic’s footprint includes five regional service centers in Atlanta, Dallas, Orlando, Houston and Seattle that provide for faster servicing of local customers in these key markets.

“By adding Republic Doors & Frames to the Allegion family, we’re expanding our product offering, improving our operating efficiency and growing our distribution footprint,” said Tim Eckersley, Allegion senior vice president and president of the Americas. “This will not only drive growth for us in the U.S., but will enhance the overall customer experience in this sector that’s core to our business.”

Republic’s president, Mike Taylor, will remain in a consulting capacity and focus on a smooth integration. Other members of the Republic management team will become part of the Americas doors and frames business.

“Allegion is committed to providing customers with quality in terms of both product and service, which closely aligns with Republic’s own business values,” said Taylor. “This transaction provides Republic with important opportunities for growth, and I look forward to the role we’ll play in meeting the needs of both Allegion and Republic customers.”

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage®, SimonsVoss® and Von Duprin®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and other institutions. Allegion is a $2 billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries.

For more, visit www.allegion.com.

Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Sparks Custom Fabrication, LLC to Expand in Adamsville

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 | 1:30pm

Foodservice equipment manufacturer to create approximately 140 jobs 

ADAMSVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Sparks Custom Fabrication, LLC (SCF) officials announced today that the manufacturer will expand in McNairy County. SCF will create approximately 140 jobs in Adamsville during the next five years.

“SCF is a home grown success story that shows why Tennessee is the place to start and grow a business,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s skilled workforce allows our existing businesses to thrive, especially companies like SFC that have carved out a market for the kinds of well-crafted products that Tennessee is known for around the world. Thank you, SCF, for creating about 140 new jobs in Adamsville and bringing us another step closer to our goal of making Tennessee to No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Manufacturing plays a crucial part of McNairy County’s economy. About 40 manufacturing operations call McNairy County home and they provide jobs for roughly 1,000 residents – jobs that are among the county’s highest paying,” Boyd said. “An injection of nearly 140 new manufacturing jobs by SCF will be significant and create a considerable long-term boost for McNairy County and its citizens. On behalf of Team Tennessee, I’d like to thank SCF for deciding to double its jobs in Adamsville with this expansion.”

SCF specializes in millwork, stainless steel, stone and refrigeration products used by the food industry. SCF’s customers include restaurants, schools, the military and hospitals across the country. All of SCF’s foodservice equipment is custom made, ranging from hot and cold food bars, serving counters, stainless shelving and other products.

"This expansion will provide opportunities for SCF to grow our business in the foodservice equipment industry,” SCF President Nathaniel Sparks said. “The company’s growth is a direct result of our employees’ quality and attention to detail for our customers. We thank the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the city of Adamsville for supporting our efforts to hire and train new employees locally with a specific skill set needed to manufacture our custom-made-to-spec products.”

SCF opened in Adamsville in 2013 and currently has 120 employees. SCF will add 10,000 square feet of warehouse space to its existing 100,000-square-foot facility. The expansion and new hiring is needed to sustain the company’s existing growth into the future.

“This is big news for McNairy County. SCF is a growing company and its decision to expand in Adamsville will give it an opportunity to increase production and provide even more jobs in the future,” McNairy County Mayor Ronnie Brooks said. "We are extremely pleased SCF is expanding and look forward to working with its leadership as we strive for a better future for our citizens and the region.” 

“We’re excited to see Nathaniel Sparks continue growing his business,” Adamsville Mayor David Leckner said. “Sparks Custom Fabrication is a nationally known brand in the foodservice industry. The city of Adamsville is thrilled to celebrate this announcement of new jobs and the expansion of the building.”

“This is very exciting news for the city of Adamsville and McNairy County. We are so happy to have partnered with the TNECD Cabinet, their regional staff, the city of Adamsville and the Adamsville IDB to help make this expansion happen,” Eddie Crittendon, CEO of the McNairy County Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce, said. “We appreciate the investment that SCF is making in our county.  We're excited that they put their trust in us and will be members of our industrial family for years to come. We wish them much success going forward.” 

Adamsville and McNairy County are represented by Sen. Dolores Gresham (R – Somerville) and Rep. Ron Gant (R – Williston) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: TNECD.com. Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/TNECD.

Aldelano Solar Cold Chain Solutions, Inc. to Locate R&D and Manufacturing Facility in Jackson

Solar powered products manufacturer to create 68 jobs


JACKSON — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Aldelano Solar Cold Chain Solutions officials announced today the company will locate a new research and development and manufacturing facility in Jackson. The solar powered products manufacturer will invest $1.5 million to update an existing space in Madison County and create 68 new jobs.


“I want to thank Aldelano for choosing to locate its new manufacturing and R&D facility in Jackson,” Boyd said. “In Tennessee, advanced manufacturing job creation far outpaces national growth, at 27.1 percent job growth in Tennessee compared to 8.7 percent nationally. We are pleased that Aldelano is creating even more jobs in this sector, and we welcome them to Team Tennessee.”


Aldelano specializes in developing state-of-the-art solar powered products including portable cold storage as well as water and ice making technology, which produce clean drinking water and ice by pulling the moisture from the air.


“We’re very excited to begin manufacturing the Solar ColdBox in Jackson, Tennessee. This has been our home for other successful ventures for the past 26 years. The wonderful resources and bright minds Jackson has to offer have made it a natural fit to become the hub for the research and development of our new solar products," Aldelano Solar Cold Chain Solutions CEO Al Hollingsworth said. “The Solar ColdBox with its water-making and ice-making capabilities has many applications for use primarily in areas of the world that do not have access to clean water or cold storage. We are equally excited to help bring new jobs to the state of Tennessee and thank the state, the city of Jackson, and Madison County for their support.”


Aldelano will manufacture, create and test its new product line in Jackson. Updates to the existing facility include installing a temperature controlled paint chamber as well as a testing chamber that will simulate controlled weather conditions. 


“We are proud of Aldelano’s innovative, renewable power source which reaches far beyond Jackson to touch lives throughout the world,” Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said. “Aldelano’s long history in Jackson not only shows its commitment to our community’s growth and success, but its service to humanity.”
“This new technology from Aldelano shows its love for society and the viability of our workforce and community to the world,” Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris said. “We are proud to have Aldelano as a longstanding member of the Jackson-Madison County area. This innovation will provide sustainability surpassing economic dimensions.”


Jackson and Madison County are represented by Sen. Ed Jackson (R – Jackson), Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (R – Jackson) and Rep. Johnny Shaw (D – Bolivar) in the Tennessee General Assembly.


About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.
 
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TBDN to Expand in Jackson

JACKSON, Tenn. — An automotive supplier is creating jobs and expanding operations at their Jackson facility.

TBDN Tennessee Company, a manufacturer of automotive supplies, will invest around $18.8 million over the next several years to expand its Jackson location, according to a release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

The expansion will create about 30 jobs, according to the release.

To apply for an available position, visit the TBDN plant at 1410 Highway 70 Bypass in Jackson or email resumes to careers@tbdn.com.

“We are very happy to be able to bring this new business to Jackson,” TBDN Senior Manager of Human Resources Jill Austin said in the release. “This investment has happened because we have dedicated and hard-working team members and the support of great local community and government leaders.”

TBDN manufactures four product segments including air filters, air filter housings, oil filters and fuel filter systems, according to the release.

Each segment undergoes rigorous design, engineering, manufacturing, assembly and testing, the release states. With this expansion, TBDN will be able to produce new product lines and create new processes.

“With over 920 automotive suppliers in Tennessee, it is always good news when one of those suppliers chooses to expand in our state,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said in the release. “Thanks, TBDN, for creating these valuable jobs in Jackson and for strengthening Team Tennessee.”

TBDN Tennessee Company is a joint venture between Toyota Boshoku Corporation and DENSO International America Inc. to produce air filter elements, cabin air filters, air induction systems, oil filters and fuel system filters and components for the automotive industry, the release states.

The company was founded in 1989 and currently employs 477 people

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Mark Hawk Completes Comprehensive Economic Development Training

Mark Hawk, Assistant Director for the West Tennessee Industrial Association, graduated from the 10th Annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) on May 5 in Nashville. Hawk joined a class of 48 economic development professionals from eight different states.

TBEDC is a four-day course that serves as the foundation for the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer training program administered by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS). The course is also one of 32 Basic Economic Development Courses in the U.S. accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

Participants learned from more than 25 expert practitioners from across the country on topics focusing on the fundamental concepts, tools and practices needed to succeed in a complex economic environment. Such topics included strategies for job creation, retention and growth; the importance of developing a competitive workforce; strategic planning for economic development; and community research and analysis.

“This comprehensive training will assist me in making West Tennessee better prepared for economic growth. It has given me a solid foundation in economic development best practices,” said Mark Hawk. “In this fast-changing economic environment, UTCIS is pleased to see economic development practitioners and community leaders from across the state and country investing in their professional development and exploring new approaches to growing jobs and investment in their regions,” said Beth Phillips,

Economic Development Programs Leader for UTCIS. For more information about University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services training opportunities, please visit www.cis.tennessee.edu/tced.

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General Cable adding 51 Jobs

General Cable Industries, Inc. to Expand in Madison County

Friday, June 10, 2016 | 10:00am

Data communication cable manufacturer to create additional jobs

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with officials from General Cable Industries, Inc. announced today the company will expand production at its manufacturing facility in Madison County. The wire and cable manufacturer will invest $3.7 million and create approximately 51 jobs in Jackson for its data communication cable business.

“The manufacturing sector employs over 333,000 Tennesseans and it is great news that General Cable will be growing this sector,” Boyd said. “I want to thank General Cable for creating new jobs in Jackson and for strengthening our Team Tennessee workforce.”

“The skills of General Cable’s Jackson team and their solid performance were major factors as we considered our options to support our data communications business,” said Mark Thackeray, General Cable’s senior vice president of global manufacturing & North American operations.

“We are pleased that our Jackson team is ready and able to take on additional product lines and production capabilities,” said Paul Furtado, vice president & manufacturing team leader, communication & assemblies plants.

General Cable, an industry-leading manufacturer who has been focused on connecting and powering people’s lives for more than 170 years, offers customers a strong portfolio of brand names and high-quality aluminum, copper and fiber products through a global network of manufacturing facilities with worldwide sales representation and distribution. The company plans to accommodate its growing market by continuing to manufacture data communication cable.

“We are grateful for General Cable’s continuous investment in Jackson,” Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said. “We are proud to have an IndustryWeek 'Best Plant Winner' (2013) maintain operations in Jackson and cultivate economic growth in our city.”

“The expansion of General Cable plays an important role in our community’s economy,” Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris said. “The company’s commitment to Jackson-Madison County significantly reinstates our sustainability in an industrial climate and increases value to our community.”

Those interested in applying an available position can visit the General Cable offices at 19 Bobrick Drive, Jackson, TN 38301 or contact the General Cable HR Coordinator, Brittney North, at bnorth@generalcable.com or 731-426-1270.

Jackson and Madison County are represented by Sen. Ed Jackson (R – Jackson), Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (R – Jackson) and Rep. Johnny Shaw (D – Bolivar) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd. - See more at: https://www.tn.gov/ecd/news/43025#sthash.rrrbkrnA.dpuf

AutoZone Hiring 100 New Employees in Lexington

AutoZone announced today it will hire 100 new employees for its second distribution center in Lexington, this will bring the number of employees to about 500. AutoZone is the second-largest retailer of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories in the United States. The 150,000 square foot facility is leasing an additional 330,000 square feet at Timberlake Industrial Park. 

WTIA Announces New Officers

MEDIA RELEASE

Date:  March 17, 2016
Contact: Michael M. Philpot, Executive Director
Phone:  (731)  668-4300

For Immediate Release. . . 

{Jackson, Tennessee}--

Scott Dahlstrom, General Manager of Trenton Light & Water Department, is the new president of the West Tennessee Industrial Association. John Bowers, President of Pickwick Electric Cooperative is the Association’s vice president, and Jim Ferrell, President/CEO of Jackson Energy Authority is the new secretary/treasurer. The Association is in its 60th year of providing industrial and economic development assistance to the West Tennessee region. Mr. Dahlstrom and the officers will lead the Association’s efforts to attract and retain jobs in the region.

WTIA offices are in Jackson. 

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Develey Mustard & Condiments Corporation to Locate First North American Facility in Dyersburg

DYERSBURG — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Develey Mustard & Condiments Corporation officials announced today the company will locate its first North American production facility in Dyersburg. Develey will invest $20 million in the new operation, creating 150 jobs in Dyer County over the next five years.

“We welcome Develey to Dyersburg and thank the company for choosing Tennessee as its first location of operations in North America,” Haslam said. “Develey joins more than 1,000 registered food and beverage manufacturers operating throughout our state. The new jobs created through this project will have a great impact on our West Tennessee workforce and help support our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Headquartered in Unterhaching, Germany, Develey is one of the leading producers of mustards, dressings and sauces in Europe, exporting to more than 50 countries worldwide. Develey is the exclusive distributor of international brands such as Tabasco, Kikkoman, Patak’s, Del Monte and Gatorade in several countries.

“In 2015, foreign direct investments in our state totaled $2.25 billion in capital and created more than 7,800 new job commitments. Because of companies like Develey, these figures continue to grow,” Boyd said. “We have great partnerships with our communities throughout Tennessee, and I thank everyone from the city, county, chamber, TVA and the state for working together to help bring this project to Dyersburg. We appreciate Develey for its investment and new jobs, and welcome the company to Team Tennessee.”

“For more than a year we evaluated sites in four states. After several visits, analyzing all numbers and considering the community, we voted for Dyersburg,” Develey Mustard & Condiments Corporation Chairman of the Board Michael Durach said. “In the last month, we saw community officials work together to find solutions for our needs and made us feel welcome. We look forward to being an active member of the community and are eager to begin our search to find passionate people to start this adventure with us.”

Renovations on the 100,000 square foot Dyersburg facility, located at 2630 Ford Hudson Rd., will begin in April and are expected to be complete by the end of the year. Develey will build out the interior of the facility according to its manufacturing processes, bring in new equipment and construct a driveway and parking lot for employees and trucking needs.

From this location, Develey will service the North American market in retail and food service. Develey will offer local branded products as well as private label products.

Local leaders and partners expressed gratitude to Develey for choosing Dyersburg, citing the impact the project will have on the community and its workforce.

“Thanks to the efforts of those here today and many others, it is with great pride that we make this announcement,” Dyersburg Mayor John Holden said. “We as a community are very fortunate to be selected as the first U.S. facility for Develey. Their family values, commitment to quality, superior products, and dedicated employees have been instrumental to their success. On behalf of our citizens, we welcome you to Dyersburg and look forward to a long lasting prosperous relationship.”

“We take tremendous pride in welcoming Develey to our community and thank them for choosing Dyer County as the location of their newest plant,” Dyer Couny Mayor Chris Young said. “It’s always an exciting day when a company such as Develey decides to invest in Dyer County and provide good jobs for our citizens. I look forward to building a long term partnership with them for many years to come. They will be a great asset to our community.”

"We are excited to welcome Develey to our community,” Dyersburg Chamber of Commerce Chairman Danny Watson said. “They have a great history of success in the food industry, and we want to help them continue to be successful in their new North American plant here in Dyersburg. I'm proud of our local team and all the hard work they did to win this project."

“TVA and Dyersburg Electric System congratulate Develey on its decision to locate and create new jobs opportunities in Dyersburg, Tennessee,” TVA Senior Vice President John Bradley said. “Attracting and retaining quality jobs and investments in our region is a fundamental part of TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with the city of Dyersburg, Dyer County, Dyersburg Dyer County Chamber of Commerce, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to further that mission and help facilitate Develey’s new location decision."

Dyersburg and Dyer County are represented by Sen. Ed Jackson (R – Jackson) and Rep. Bill Sanderson (R – Kenton) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Request For Bids

Request for Bids

Receipt and Opening of Proposals

West Tennessee Industrial Association- WTIA (herein called the “Owner”) invites information from qualified firms (herein called the “Proposer”) for developing a retail development program catered to rural communities, providing tools to maximize business retention and attraction through a professional workshop. The following pages summarize the scope of the work and requirements for the proposal. The Owner will receive proposals until 2:00 pm CST on March, 8, 2016 at 26 Conrad Drive, Jackson, TN, 38305. The envelopes containing the proposals must be addressed to Mike Philpot and must bear the following information:

Name of Firm
Firm’s Address
Date and Time of RFI Deadline
RFI Enclosed: Rural Retail Development Strategy

Method of Award

The selection of the successful firm/individual will be made based upon the qualifications, experience, and ability of the firm/individual as detailed in the proposal submitted. No proposal will be finally accepted, and no agreement will be binding on Owner, until Owner and the Proposer have signed a written contract containing all terms of the agreement between Owner and the Proposer.

Qualifications of Proposers

Owner may make such investigations as it deems necessary to determine the ability of the Proposer to supply the necessary products, and the Proposer will furnish to Owner all such information and data for this purpose as Owner may request. Owner reserves the right to reject any proposal if the evidence submitted by, or investigation of, the Proposer fails to satisfy Owner that the Proposer is properly qualified to carry out the obligations of the contract by supplying the services and product described in the proposal. Conditional proposals may be accepted.

Obligation of Proposers

At the time of the opening of proposals, each proposer will be presumed to have read and to be thoroughly familiar with the proposal requirements. The failure or omission of any proposer to examine any form, instrument, or document shall in no way relieve any obligation in respect to a proposal. Each proposer must fill out and return the attached Title VI Information, vendor information sheet, and the W-9 as a part of the bid package.

It is the policy of the Owner not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability in its hiring and employment practices, or in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs, services, and activities. With regard to all aspects of this contract, the firm certifies and warrants it will comply with this policy. For Title VI and IX compliance, we ask for voluntary disclosure information for the majority owner of the business.

Requirements for Proposals

GENERAL

Owner is soliciting proposals from firms/individuals interested in developing a rural retail development program, catered to training and equipping participating communities with the tools and education necessary to grow their retail landscape.

The successful firm will provide each participating community with custom Tetrad market data, a list of prospective retailers who would likely locate in participating communities, a city marketing guide, and an annual membership to ICSC. Additionally, the firm will conduct a workshop toeducate the participating communities on or by the following:

o Current retail trends

o Commercial Real Estate 101

o Market Data

o Downtown Development

o Marketing Strategies

o Retailer Roundtables

o Developer Panel- Public/Private Partnerships

The market data should include the following from STI: PopStats and ESRI (drive times and radius rings):

STI: PopStats Population Summary

STI: PopStats Household Summary

STI: PopStats Mortgage-Risk Exposure

Current Year Estimates Quarterly Historical Trend

Current Year Estimated Population by Age and Sex

Five Year Projected Population by Age and Sex

Ten Year Projected Population by Age and Sex

Current Year Estimated Population by Educational Attainment

Current Year Estimated Population by Ethnicity

Current Year Estimated Population by Race

Current Year Estimated Language at Home for Population 5+ Years

Current Year Estimated Population by Labour Force

Current Year Estimated Employed Population Age 16+ by Industry

Current Year Estimated Employed Population Age 16+ by Occupation

Current Year Estimated Households by Household Size, Household Type and Presence of Own Children

Current Year Estimated Group Quarters

Current Year Estimated Occupied Housing Units by Vehicles Available

Current Year Estimated Households by Household Income

Five Year Estimated Households by Household Income

Current Year Estimated Households by Age of Householder and Income

Current Year Estimated Households by Race and Household Income

Current Year Estimated Owner-Occupied Housing Units by Value

Current Year Estimated Households by Wealth & Poverty

Current Year Population by STI: Landscape Category, WorkPlace, Per Capita Expenditures

Current Year Estimates Quarterly Historicals and Statistics

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Scope of Work

The firm or individual selected will be expected to address the following concerns/issues:

Provide custom market data (listed above) in digital form and hard copies

Provide a list of prospective retailers and restaurants that match the Communities’ customer profile

Create a City Marketing Guide for each participating community, including demographic information, pictures, economic drivers, and an aerial map

Provide an annual membership for each participating community to ICSC

Conduct a workshop led by industry professionals, to educate and train communities on how to attract retailers to their market; this workshop will include information on the overall commercial real estate industry, all deliverables, and instruction on how to create and execute a strategic retail recruitment plan

Benefits of the Partnership

Please confirm ability to provide the following firm/individual differentiators:

Retail Experience -

Maintain a national market presence, hold a commercial real estate license, display a useful knowledge of the retail industry, and have at least 100 years of combined employee commercial real estate experience

Reputable Data Provider -

Deliver data from a provider that is also used by major successful retail chains

Proven Retail Connections -

Have strong relationships with key industry professionals in Tennessee

Deliverables

Deliverables should be presented in digital form and hard copies.

Firm’s Qualifications

To be considered, the applicant must provide a description of experience that includes:

A summary description of your firm, including size, locations of offices, and areas of specialty

A summary of your ability to provide services as enumerated above

Points of contact, addresses, email, and phone numbers

List of client municipalities in the state of Tennessee currently being served in some capacity by the firm

Any details or information that will assist the Owner in making a selection

Cost of Services and Schedule

Include all fees and costs associated with the completion of this project and a schedule for completion of the project.

Questions Regarding Request For Information

The proposer shall immediately refer the discovery of any conflicts or omissions in the RFI Documents or any requests for clarifications to the individual named below. Instructions are to be accepted only from that individual. When necessary, a written clarification will be furnished to all proposers. Oral Clarifications will not be binding.

Direct RFP Questions to:

Mike Philpot, West Tennessee Industrial Association
26 Conrad Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
P: 731.668.4300
E: mphilpot@wtia.org

Proposal Requirements

Each proposer must submit one (1) copy of their proposal. The proposals should contain all required technical information as referenced in the RFI. The proposals must also include the following preliminary information:

Exact name of the firm/individual proposing.

Whether such firm is a partnership, joint venture, sole proprietorship or corporation. If a corporation, specify the state of incorporation. If a sole proprietorship, include owner’s name.

Mailing address of firm/individual.

Should addenda be issued, include the numbers of all addenda(s) covered by the proposal. Each proposal must take into consideration all addenda(s) issued.

Point of Contact for the company.

Notice of Acceptance And Execution of Contract

Upon the acceptance of the proposal, a letter, email, and/or facsimile will notify the successful proposer. The successful proposer will be responsible for preparing a standard contract for services and forwarding it to the Owner for review.

References

Provide company names, contacts, phone numbers and detailed description of projects for at least five (5) references. The Owner will most likely contact all listed references.

Right of Award Reserved

The Owner reserves the right without qualification to exercise its discretion and apply its judgment in evaluating the proposals, and to award the contract to whomever it wishes. This Request for Proposal does not commit the Owner to pay any costs incurred in connection with the proposal or to award any contract. The Owner may elect to reject any or all proposals or waive any informality in proposals received.

FAIST Light Metals Locating in Ripley

High precision automotive components manufacturer to invest $3.1 million, create 30 jobs

NASHVILLE— Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with FAIST Light Metals officials announced today the company will locate new manufacturing operations in Lauderdale County. The automotive components manufacturer will invest $3.1 million and create 30 new jobs in Ripley. 

“We welcome FAIST Light Metals to Team Tennessee and thank the company for choosing Ripley for its newest operations,” Boyd said. “We are fortunate to have great partners positioned throughout the state, and we appreciate the leadership of Ripley and Lauderdale County in helping to make this project a win for West Tennessee. I look forward to building a strong partnership with FAIST in the years ahead.”

“FAIST is excited to add the new facility, employees and capability in Ripley and are looking forward to the opportunity of growing the business in partnership with our customers and business partners,” FAIST Light Metals CEO Meik Andriani said. “We also want to thank the local and state officials for their assistance with making this acquisition as seamless as possible in such a quick manner. We look forward to a continued partnership between FAIST and the local and state governments.”

FAIST Light Metals, a division of FAIST Industrial Group, specializes in high quality aluminum die casting, precision machining and surface plating of components and assemblies for the telecom, automotive, electronics and industrial markets. The Ripley location will function primarily as a manufacturing facility for high precision automotive components, such as engines and power trains operations, but will expand operations into a die-cast facility in the future.

FAIST has purchased a 65,000 square foot facility located on 23 acres at 50 Walker St. which allows for future growth. Headquartered in Italy, the Ripley plant will be the company’s third location in North America.

To learn more about FAIST Light Metals, visit faistgroup.com.

Ripley and Lauderdale County are represented by Sen. Ed Jackson (R – Jackson) and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D – Ripley) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Contact

Jeff McCain, NAFTA Business Development Manager
FAIST Light Metals
Jeff.McCain@faistlightmetals.com
(269) 203-5754

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

 

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Dot Foods To Add 50 More Employees in 2016

Dot Foods announced it would be adding 50 new jobs in 2016.

The Company has increased their workforce from 157 at opening to 215 full-time and part-time employees and plan to add 50 more, including 40 drivers.

The $24 million, 166,494 square-foot distribution center celebrated its grand opening in January, 2015 and is Dot Foods ninth U.S. distribution center and its first in Tennessee.

Dot Foods is the nation's largest food industry redistributor,

Berry Plastics Expanding in Jackson

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Berry Plastics officials announced today the company will expand its manufacturing facility in Jackson. Berry Plastics’ Jackson facility manufactures bottles, vials and closures for the healthcare market. The company will be creating between 70 to 80 new jobs in Madison County.

“Berry Plastics has been in Jackson since 1989 and it is exciting news to have them, once again, investing in Jackson and the state of Tennessee,” Boyd said. “I want to thank Berry Plastics for creating valuable new jobs and expanding their footprint here in Tennessee. It is great to have a company like Berry Plastics as a valuable member of Team Tennessee.”

With this expansion, Berry Plastics will streamline its production and increase capacity. The company will add 18 additional manufacturing cells and produce a variety of plastic containers and bottles at the facility. “We appreciate the support of the local community and its leadership,” Berry Plastics Plant Manager David Hardin said. “Their support fosters the opportunity for us to bring additional jobs and investment to Jackson. Berry Plastics’ leadership has positioned the Jackson facility for current and future growth in an effort to cost effectively serve our customers.“

“The creation of these jobs to Jackson emphasizes the potential in our community for industries to thrive,” Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said. “Jackson offers many factors for success including a great location and a qualified workforce.”

“Berry Plastics has made tremendous strides with its existing facility in our community,” Madison County Mayor Jimmy Harris said. “The company’s strong presence and commitment to Jackson-Madison County significantly reinstates our sustainability in an industrial climate.”

Those interested in applying for these jobs can apply online at berryplastics.com.

Jackson and Madison County are represented by Sen. Ed Jackson (R – Jackson), Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (R – Jackson) and Rep. Johnny Shaw (D – Bolivar) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Tennessee was named 2014 and 2013 “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Neo Products Celebrates Grand Opening in Henderson

Neo Products Corporation joined with the city of Henderson to celebrate its grand opening of their new manufacturing facility.

The new facility is located at 60 Record Drive and will add 23 new jobs to its workforce.

The company will exclusively manufacture products for General Electric, including control panels, interfaces, lids for washer and dryers, and interfaces for refrigerators.

"This production is very specialized and is strictly for General Electric," said Tom Frye, President of NEO Products Corporation, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Novolex Expanding Operations in Madison County

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Duro Hilex Poly, LLC officials announced today the company will invest $2.6 million to expand operations at its Jackson facility. Duro Hilex Poly, LLC acquired Duro Bag Manufacturing Co., the leading paper bag manufacturer in the world, on July 3, 2014. Duro Hilex Poly, LLC is now a part of the Novolex Brand of companies, effective Nov. 3, 2014. This expansion will allow Novolex to meet customer demands and broaden its reach to other market segments, creating 20 new jobs in Madison County. 

“This is an exciting announcement for Tennessee, and I want to thank Novolex for choosing to expand in Jackson and Madison County,” Boyd said. “Novolex’s decision to expand in Tennessee speaks to the quality of our state’s business environment. I appreciate the new jobs Novolex is creating for our communities and look forward to their continued success.”

Novolex’s acquisition of Duro Bag Manufacturing, Co. means the combined company will have over 5,000 manufacturing jobs in the U.S. and more than 600 in Canada and Mexico. Novolex is competitively positioning the company by growing existing markets and expanding into new opportunities for future business.

People interested in applying for one of these new jobs can visit www.novolex.com/careers. Or in person at:

Tennessee Career Center
225 Martin Luther King Dr.
Jackson, TN 38301 

Jackson and Madison County are represented by Sen. Ed Jackson (R – Jackson), Rep. Jimmy Eldridge (R – Jackson) and Rep. Johnny Shaw (D – Bolivar). 

Contact

David Cowfer, Senior VP Human Resources
David.Cowfer@novolex.com
853-857-4930

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development 

Tennessee was named 2014 and 2013 “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd.  Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd

 

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Pyrotek Beginning Operations in Gibson County

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Pyrotek officials today announced the company will invest $5 million to begin operations at the company’s Trenton facility. The metals manufacturer is ramping up production to support existing and growing sales volume and will create 49 new jobs in Gibson County.

“I want to thank Pyrotek for choosing to reinvest in Trenton and West Tennessee,” Boyd said. “Over 300,000 people are employed in manufacturing in our state. We are working to become the most aligned state in the nation when it comes to developing and maintaining an educated and well-trained workforce, which is why some of the most sophisticated manufacturing facilities in the world call Tennessee home. I appreciate the new jobs Pyrotek is creating for our communities and look forward to their continued success.”

Through this investment, Pyrotek is upgrading its existing 80,000 square foot Trenton facility, which had previously been idled since 2004. The plant will produce ceramic foam filters, clean aluminum used for beverage can applications, aircraft alloys and refinement of petrochemical applications.

Pyrotek specializes in the development, manufacture and sale of high-temperature materials for industrial applications that are used worldwide.

People interested in applying for a job at Pyrotek can visit www.indeed.com.

Trenton and Gibson County are represented by Sen. John Stevens (R – Huntingdon) and Rep. Curtis Halford (R – Dyer) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

Contacts

Tom Witherspoon, Gibson County Mayor
gcmayortomwitherspoon@gmail.com
(731) 613-8607

Ricky Jackson, Trenton City Mayor
trentonmayor@bellsouth.net
(731) 855-2013

Ed Norman, Trenton Industrial Board Chairman
ednorman@larealtyllc.com
(731) 571-7092

Scott Dahlstrom, Director, Trenton Light and Water
sdahlstrom@trentonlw.com
(731) 855-1561

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Tennessee was named 2014 and 2013 “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Institutional Casework Inc. to Expand Current Operations

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Institutional Casework Inc. (ICI) officials announced the company will expand its current operations in Tennessee, opening a new manufacturing facility in Union City. ICI is expanding due to market demand and will invest $6.2 million in this new facility, creating 200 new jobs in Obion County.

“We want to thank Institutional Casework Inc. for choosing to expand in Tennessee and the new jobs in Union City and Obion County,” Haslam said. “Our focus has been not only fostering a business climate that helps businesses be created here but also grow and succeed, and it’s exciting to see companies like ICI thriving and expanding their footprint here in Tennessee.”

“Institutional Casework Inc. started their business in West Tennessee in 2006 and is once again making an impact on this area by expanding and creating valuable new jobs,” Boyd said. “I appreciate ICI’s investment in Tennessee and I look forward to their continued success in our state.”

“Our industry realized a dramatic change in just the last few months and, we needed a building where we could take immediate possession with little or no adaptations required,” ICI President and CEO Jim Arthurs said. “For several months, ICI investigated potential sites in Henry, Carroll and Obion counties. We were delighted to find a building of adequate size, with a skilled workforce in place and where local city and county governments were willing to work with us.”

The Obion County facility will be located at the Lennox Building at 503 E. Reelfoot Ave. in Union City. This expansion in Union City will house the manufacturing of ICI laboratory-grade painted steel casework and furniture, phenolic laboratory casework and work surfaces under the division name ICI Laboratory Products Division of Union City.

Established in 2006, ICI is a West Tennessee-based corporation. ICI builds laboratories and learning environments for K-12 schools, community colleges, universities and the pharmaceutical industry. ICI is known for flexible, functional and innovative products. The company offers design assistance and coordinates projects through casework, fixtures, custom fume hoods, work surfaces, safety showers, work stations and overhead service centers from start to finish.

“We are very excited about ICI coming to Obion County and Union City,” Obion County Mayor Bennie McGuire said. “This company will provide much needed employment opportunities in our area. We are committed to working with ICI in any way possible to enhance their manufacturing process and their company growth in our region.”

“We are so thankful that ICI selected Union City,” Union City Mayor Terry Hailey said. “They are good people with a great company and I think they will really be impressed with our workforce. We welcome ICI to our community.”

“ICI is a welcome addition to Union City,” Obion County Joint Economic Council Chairman, Art Sparks, said. “Our mission at the JEDC is to foster an environment for job creation through both expansion and new investments. ICI’s 200 new jobs will strengthen our tax base in the form of both sales and property taxes, which are used to fund our city and county governments and local schools. Ultimately, this new location for ICI is a win-win for everyone.”

“Congratulations to Institutional Casework Inc. on its decision to expand and open a new facility in Union City, Tennessee,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “TVA and Union City Electric System are privileged to partner with the state of Tennessee, Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, Union City and Obion County to facilitate highly impactful new job creation in the Valley region. “

All ICI products and brands are sold nationally and internationally through an extensive network of dealer/distributors for casework specific to educational K-12, college and university, health care, pharmaceutical, industrial, petro-chemical, municipal, library, athletic and OEM markets.

The company hopes to begin metal casework production in early 2016. ICI is working with the Tennessee Career Center in Union City to host a job fair later this year.

Union City and Obion County are represented by Senator John Stevens (R – Huntingdon), Rep. Bill Sanderson (R – Kenton) and Rep. Andy Holt (R – Dresden).

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Tennessee was named 2014 and 2013 “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community

Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd.  Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd

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Pacific Manufacturing to Open in August

Pacific Manufacturing announced that the construction is complete and production is scheduled to begin in August.

The company plans to hire in phases, they have 20 employees and plan to increase by five in the coming week.

Pacific Manufacturing Tennessee, Incorporated will manufacture parts for the automobile industry, eventually creating 190 jobs on 40 acres across from McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport and adjacent to Kirkland's Distribution Center.

The 183,000 square foot manufacturing facility, which came with a total investment of $30 million, is expected to reach full capacity in 2019, and an additional 20 acres will be available to accommodate growth.

The company has five manufacturing facilities in Japan, two in Korea, and one in Thailand and Taiwan.

A few of the Japanese-based company,s leading customers include Honda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Toyota.

Dot Foods to Add 45 Positions at Warehouse

Dot Foods announced it will hire 45 full-and part-time warehouse positions at its Dyersburg location. 

Dot Foods is the nation's largest food industry redistributor.

The Dyersburg facility officially opened in January and is the company's ninth and newest distribution center nationwide.

This facility serves middle and west Tennessee (from Nashville to the west), Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and the boothill of Missouri.

The 45 new positions being added represent a 30 percent increase in Dot's Tennessee workforce.

WTIA Executive Committee Elects New Officers

Jeff Graves, Manager of Lexington Electric System, is the new president of the West Tennessee Industrial Association. Scott Dahlstrom, General Manager of Trenton Light & Water Department is the Association's vice president, and John Bowers, President of Pickwick Electric Cooperative is the new secretary/treasurer.

The Association is in its 59th year of providing industrial and economic development assistance to the West Tennessee region. Mr. Graves and the officers will lead the Association's efforts to attract and retain jobs in the region.

Michael Philpot CEcD, Named Chairman of Southern Economic Development Council’s Board of Directors

Atlanta, GA (December 14, 2014) – The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, is pleased to announce Michael (Mike) M. Philpot, CEcD, Executive Director of the West Tennessee Industrial Association in Jackson, Tennessee, as the Chairman of the SEDC Board of Directors. Mr. Philpot will take the seat January 1, 2015. Mike is a dedicated long-time SEDC member for over 10 years. He has held numerous leadership positions, including Tennessee State and Alternate Director, 1st Vice Chairman, 2nd Vice Chair, and Secretaty/Treasurer. Mike was choosen for this position by the SEDC membership.

"Mike Philpot is a consummate professional, his experience and leadership will not only help us meet our goals, but also continue our efforts in raising the bar for SEDC and our membership." stated Gene Stinson, SEDC President.

The Southern Economic Development Council is a 990 member, non-profit organization composed of a broad cross-section of active and influential industrial and economic developers from business and industry, utilities, transportation, financial and education institutions, chambers of commerce, and local, regional and state development agencies. Members in the 17-state area share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. The SEDC region includes the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland and the District of Columbia, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information about SEDC visit the website at www.sedc.org.

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