Economic & Community Development

Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission to Host Chinese Film Delegation During Nashville Film Festival

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 | 10:17 am

Visit Will Include Industry Panels, Chinese Film Screenings and Networking Opportunities

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission (TFEMC) will host a delegation of Chinese film professionals April 22-26 during the Nashville Film Festival.  Along with industry panel discussions and Chinese film screenings, the visit will introduce Tennessee’s entertainment industry to one of the fastest growing entertainment markets in the world, building international relations and opening the door to possible foreign distribution and co-productions.  

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Jackson Kayak to Expand, Open New Facility in White County

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 | 01:02 pm

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Jackson Kayak officials announced the company will invest $6.5 million to expand their current operations in Tennessee by opening a new manufacturing facility in Sparta at 3300 McMinnville Highway, the former Philips Lighting building. This expansion will create 250 new jobs in White County.

“We want to thank Jackson Kayak for expanding in Tennessee and creating these new jobs in Sparta and White County,” Haslam said. “In Tennessee we still make things. Whether its cars or kayaks and coolers, Tennesseans have a reputation for quality, well-made products, and these new jobs are another step in our efforts to become the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Jackson Kayak is one of our state’s great success stories,” Boyd said. “They started from a small operation and have continued to grow, thanks to a reputation for making the absolute highest quality products, which are now popular all over the world. I am very excited to support Jackson Kayak’s expansion in Tennessee and appreciate the new jobs they are bringing to our communities and the impact this will have on White County and surrounding areas.”

State Officials Join Citizens for Rural Opportunities Roundtable

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 12:41 pm

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee departments of Agriculture, Economic and Community Development and Financial Institutions are hosting a Rural Opportunities Roundtable for farmers, landowners, extension agents, local economic development officials, county leaders and citizens in East Tennessee.

The meeting will take place April 15 at 10 a.m. EST at the Bush Brothers Plant in Dandridge. The purpose of the roundtable is to explore opportunities for developing the state’s rural economy and hear citizen and stakeholder concerns about agriculture and forestry issues.

Agriculture Commissioner Julius Johnson, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, Financial Institutions Commissioner Greg Gonzales, Harriet Cannon with USDA Rural Development and other agency representatives will all be on hand to discuss programs and services to support rural economic development. There will also be time for open discussion.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Magneti Marelli to Expand Lighting Division in Giles County

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | 09:00 am

Global Automotive Supplier to Create 450 New Jobs

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Magneti Marelli officials announced today that the company will expand its Automotive Lighting Division in Pulaski, Tennessee and create 450 new jobs.  The expansion will add 80,000 square feet to Magneti Marelli’s manufacturing facility located at 181 Bennett Drive and will supply head lamps to FCA, Mercedes, GM, Volkswagen and Honda vehicles.  

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Hicks Plastics to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Knox County

Tuesday, March 31, 2015 | 05:58 pm

Advanced Plastics Manufacturer to Invest $10.4 Million, Create Over 200 New Jobs
 
NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Hicks Plastics officials announced today the company will open a new manufacturing facility in Knoxville in order to increase supplier efficiency. Hicks Plastics plans to invest $10.4 million to begin operations in an existing building located at 1821 Mid Park Dr., creating 202 new jobs in Knox County.

Total Quality Logistics to Expand Current Operations, Open New Location in Knoxville

Thursday, March 26, 2015 | 08:18 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Total Quality Logistics (TQL) officials today announced the transportation services company will expand its operations in Tennessee by opening a new location in Knox County. The company will invest $1 million to open a sales office in downtown Knoxville to meet the needs of its expanding client-base, creating at least 100 new jobs over the next five years.  

This is TQL’s second expansion in Tennessee in just over a year. In January 2014, TQL invested $1 million to open its first Tennessee office in downtown Nashville, committing to create 105 new jobs by the end of 2016. The Nashville office already employs nearly 60.  

“I couldn’t be more excited to see Total Quality Logistics expanding once again in Tennessee,” Boyd said. “TQL chose to open its first Tennessee location in Nashville in January 2014, citing outstanding professional talent, so their decision to locate in Knoxville is a real testament to our high quality workforce and the growth opportunities that come along with passionate and talented team members.”

Tennessee Main Street Communities Generated $95 Million in 2014

Thursday, March 19, 2015 | 09:01 am

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the 2014 Economic Impact and Reinvestment Statistics from 28 Tennessee Main Street communities for activities occurring between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2014. These Main Street communities created more than 1,500 new jobs and generated more than $95 million of public/private investment in 2014, while continuing to be a vital part of the state’s economic and cultural identity.

“Tennessee’s main streets are such an important part of our state’s identity and cultural heritage,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said. “Flourishing downtowns provide a sense of pride for our communities, spur tourism and promote entrepreneurship, which ultimately creates jobs.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Pure Foods, Inc. to Locate U.S. Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility in Kingsport

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | 08:41 am

Nutritious Snack and Convenience Food Manufacturer to Invest $22 Million, Create 273 Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Pure Foods, Inc. officials announced today the company has chosen Kingsport for its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing operations. The 88,000 square foot facility will be built on 35 acres and will serve markets primarily in the United States, Canada and Mexico. 

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Nissan to Undergo Major Expansion at Smyrna Facility

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 02:09 pm

Automotive Manufacturer to Invest $160 Million, Support Creation of 1,000 New Jobs



NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Nissan North America officials announced today the company will invest $160 million to build a new supplier park at their Smyrna vehicle assembly plant. The project will support more than 1,000 newly created supplier jobs.  


Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce CVMR to Establish Global Headquarters in Oak Ridge

Friday, March 13, 2015 | 11:15 am

OAK RIDGE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with CVMR officials today announced the company will establish its global headquarters in Roane County. CVMR is moving all of its current operations from Toronto, Canada to a Tennessee manufacturing facility located at 103 Palladium Way in Oak Ridge. CVMR is investing $313 million to establish this facility, create the CVMR Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Powder Metallurgy and production facilities for a wide spectrum of advanced metal products, resulting in 620 new jobs for Roane County.

“Today is exciting not just for Oak Ridge and Roane County but for all of Tennessee, and I want to thank CVMR for its significant investment in our state, making us the home of its corporate headquarters, research and development and manufacturing,” Haslam said. “This announcement sends a clear signal around the world about our skilled workforce, Tennessee’s commitment to innovation and its ability to compete in the global marketplace.”

“By leveraging unique resources like Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Tennessee is in an extraordinary position to support long-term growth of advanced manufacturers like CVMR,” Boyd said. “The Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Powder Metallurgy sets the stage for future innovation and makes a real statement about the strength of Tennessee’s workforce. Through workforce initiatives, like Drive to 55, we are developing and maintaining a pipeline of students who will be ready to work at some of the most sophisticated manufacturing facilities in the world. I appreciate CVMR’s commitment to Tennessee and the 620 new jobs they are creating in our communities.”