Economic & Community Development

Tracey Exum Named New Southwest Tennessee Regional Director

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 01:50 pm

Exum to Assist with Existing Industry Expansions and New Business Recruitment

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Tracey Exum has been named Southwest Tennessee regional director. Exum will be responsible for leading the state’s economic development efforts in the area that serves Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy counties.

Gary Human Named New East Tennessee Regional Director

Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 01:48 pm

Human to Assist with Existing Industry Expansions and New Business Recruitment

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Gary Human has been named East Tennessee regional director.  Human will be responsible for leading the state’s economic development efforts in the area that serves Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union counties.

United States Cold Storage to Expand Current Operations in Tennessee

Tuesday, October 07, 2014 | 10:00 am

Nationwide Warehouse Logistics Provider to Invest $48 Million, Create 63 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with United States Cold Storage (USCS) officials today announced the company will expand its current operations in Tennessee by adding a new distribution and warehouse facility in Covington next to Unilever. The public refrigerated warehouse logistics provider will invest $48 million and create 63 new jobs in Tipton County.

“United States Cold Storage’s expansion in Covington highlights our continuing efforts to work with and promote in-state industries’ success in Tennessee,” Hagerty said. “I am extremely pleased they are growing as a result of another incumbent business, Unilever. Once Unilever finishes its current expansion plans, it will be the largest ice cream manufacturing facility in the world, furthered by the increased logistical capabilities of United States Cold Storage and Tennessee’s unbeatable central location. I appreciate the new jobs United States Cold Storage is creating in Tipton County and look forward to their ongoing success in our state.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Under Armour, Inc. to Create 1,500 New Jobs in Mount Juliet

Thursday, October 02, 2014 | 02:04 pm

New Distribution Center Brings More Than $100 Million Investment in Wilson County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Under Armour, Inc. officials announced today the company will build a new one million square foot distribution and warehousing facility in Beckwith Farms in Mount Juliet. Under Armour, a global leader of performance apparel, footwear and accessories, will invest more than $100 million and create 1,500 new jobs in Wilson County over the next five years.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce 80 Community Development Block Grants

Wednesday, October 01, 2014 | 02:57 pm

Grants to Assist Communities with Infrastructure, Safety Needs and Downtown Improvements

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently approved more than $28 million in Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) to assist Tennessee communities with infrastructure, health and safety projects, and downtown improvements.

“Community Development Block Grants play an important role in helping communities across Tennessee prepare for future economic development opportunities and continued growth,” Haslam said. “Working with our communities in making these improvements helps bring us one step closer toward our goal to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Community development sets the stage for burgeoning economic development and when a community invests in itself, the private sector is more likely to invest in it as well,” Hagerty said. “I am pleased to see so many communities across the state eagerly taking steps not only to attract new business and encourage future growth, but also to create better living conditions for the families that reside there.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Airtech International to Begin New Manufacturing Operations in Robertson County

Thursday, September 25, 2014 | 10:00 am

Aerospace Manufacturer to Invest $10.1 Million, Create 100 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Airtech International officials today announced the aerospace manufacturer will begin new manufacturing operations in Springfield, Tennessee. Airtech International plans to invest $10.1 million and create 100 new jobs in Robertson County over the next three years.

“We are grateful to Airtech International for this investment in Middle Tennessee that is resulting in new, high-quality jobs,” Haslam said. “We want companies to succeed here, and we know to make that happen it is important to offer a business-friendly environment that encourages them to grow and expand in Tennessee.”

“The aerospace industry in Tennessee continues to expand, anchored by the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) and dozens of other major employers, like Bell Helicopter, Triumph Aerostructures and Kilgore Flares Company. I am pleased to welcome Airtech International to this roster, as they make Tennessee their home, and further enhance our reputation as a state that promotes and supports the importance of research and development,” Hagerty said. “I appreciate Airtech International’s investment in Tennessee and the high quality jobs they are creating in our state. I look forward to their growth and success in Tennessee.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Comprehensive Logistics Co., Inc. to Locate New Automotive Manufacturing Support Facility in Spring Hill

Wednesday, September 24, 2014 | 02:04 pm

Third-Party Logistics Company to Invest $30 Million, Create More Than 200 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Comprehensive Logistics Co., Inc. officials announced today the company will locate a new automotive manufacturing support facility in Spring Hill that will house the manufacturing and light assembly of automotive components for the General Motors plant in Spring Hill.

The Ohio-based third-party logistics provider will invest $30 million and plans to create more than 200 new jobs.

“We want to welcome Comprehensive Logistics to Tennessee and congratulate the company on its latest expansion,” Haslam said. “Comprehensive Logistics’ decision to locate a new facility in Spring Hill is another example of the excellent logistics infrastructure and business-friendly environment our state offers to companies around the world. Today’s announcement brings us another step closer to our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee consistently leads the national rankings for its distribution and logistics access making our state a standout choice for Comprehensive Logistics’ newest operation,” Hagerty said. “As a state, we strive to leverage Tennessee’s inherent advantages with the success of our thriving key sectors to create an environment that is appealing to new businesses seeking to relocate or expand operations. I appreciate Comprehensive Logistics for investing in Tennessee and for recognizing the strength of our superior workforce.”

JD Squared, Inc. Expanding Current Operations in Washington County

Thursday, September 18, 2014 | 03:01 pm

Advanced Manufacturer to Invest $6.5 Million, Create 50 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with JD Squared, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand its current operations in Washington County. The family-owned business plans to invest $6.5 million in order to relocate to a larger facility to accommodate the growth of new products, and create 50 new jobs over the next five years in Johnson City, Tennessee.

“JD Squared is the perfect example of the kind of business that thrives here in Tennessee, as we work every day to assist incumbent businesses in their strategies for expansion and continued growth,” Hagerty said. “After moving their company to Washington County from Florida, JD Squared has flourished in our state, while creating demand for their unique and affordable products around the world. I welcome their drive for further growth and appreciate these new jobs they are creating in Johnson City.”

Haslam Launches $10 Million Workforce Development Grant Competition for Local Communities

Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 03:13 pm

LEAP program seeks to better link higher education, industry to enhance Drive to 55 effort
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the start of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.


The LEAP program, administered by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC), is accepting applications from local collaboratives that seek to create new programs and/or acquire essential equipment aligned with the gaps in the local workforce.

"Last Best Summer Ever" Begins Filming in Tennessee

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 01:30 pm

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that it has approved a $156,500 grant for “Last Best Summer Ever” to film in Middle Tennessee. The movie begins filming in Franklin on Friday, September 12 and will continue to film in and around the Franklin area until October 3. During production, the movie is employing approximately 30 Tennessee crewmembers and more than half of its 22-member cast is local.

“Tennessee provides the perfect backdrop for the film industry, both with our unique cultural and geographical landscape and through our efforts to support creative collaborations like this throughout the state,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Our state has a rich history of fostering a one-of-a-kind environment in both the film and music industries, and I am pleased Middle Tennessee will be highlighted in this production. I also appreciate the jobs being created for local actors and production professionals.”