Economic & Community Development

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce UBS to Expand Current Operations in Middle Tennessee

Monday, June 22, 2015 | 01:02 pm

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with UBS officials announced today the company will expand its current operations in Middle Tennessee by opening a new office in Williamson County at One Franklin Park. UBS will invest $11.2 million to outfit the space, which will accommodate the growth of the UBS Business Solution Center, as well as, a satellite branch office for Wealth Management Americas financial advisors, creating over 350 new jobs over the next several years.

“We want to thank UBS for this investment and for creating these new jobs in Middle Tennessee,” Haslam said. “When a globally recognized brand like UBS decides to invest here and then continues to expand, it strengthens Tennessee's brand and our ability to compete in the global marketplace. That’s exciting news for Tennessee and is another step forward in our effort to become the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Since opening their Business Solution Center in downtown Nashville, UBS continues to make a significant impact in this region,” Boyd said. “We are working to become the most aligned state in the nation when it comes to workforce and education, creating a pipeline of Tennesseans who have the right qualifications and training so companies like UBS can find the employees they need for ongoing success. I appreciate the partnership with Pat Emery and Spectrum Properties who were key to making this expansion possible.”

Caleres to Expand Current Operations in Wilson County

Thursday, June 11, 2015 | 01:01 pm

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Caleres company officials today announced the global footwear company will make a substantial investment to expand its distribution facility in Lebanon. This expansion allows Caleres, formerly Brown Shoe Company, to meet its increasing omni-channel needs, optimize its logistics network and grow overall business by expanding its drop-ship capabilities. The expansion will create more than 40 new jobs in Wilson County.

“It’s exciting to see Caleres expanding in Wilson County,” Boyd said. “A majority of business growth in Tennessee comes from existing industries, so it’s extremely important for us to work with companies like Caleres to make sure they can continue their success in our state. I congratulate Caleres on this expansion and appreciate the new jobs they are creating in Middle Tennessee.”

Tennessee Main Streets Host Summer Activities

Tuesday, June 09, 2015 | 09:01 am

NASHVILLE—The summer season in Tennessee is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to take in the sights and sounds of our beautiful Main Street Communities. Tennessee Main Street Programs are once again hosting multiple events and farmers’ markets over the next several months that will highlight the unique offerings of each community across the state while supporting historic downtown business districts.

“Our Main Streets and historic downtowns are such an important part of our state’s identity and sense of community,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said. “I encourage everyone to spend a little time on our Main Streets this summer and take advantage of all of the incredible events offered across the state.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Maplehurst Bakeries to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Wilson County

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 | 09:02 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Maplehurst Bakeries, LLC, a division of Weston Foods, officials announced the company will invest $102.8 million to build and equip a new 173,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Lebanon. The facility will be located at Central Pike and 840 and create up to 147 new jobs in Wilson County.

“We want to welcome Maplehurst Bakeries to Tennessee and thank them for this investment and for creating these new jobs in Lebanon and Wilson County,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s infrastructure and geographic location offer businesses unique strategic advantages, and when a company chooses to grow here, it speaks volumes about our workforce and our business-friendly environment.”  

“Tennessee is in a great position to help Maplehurst Bakeries expand their operations and continue growing their product line,” Boyd said. “We’re ideally situated in the middle of the country to facilitate efficient distribution and we have a dedicated and passionate workforce. I want to thank Maplehurst Bakeries for choosing Tennessee as the home of this new manufacturing facility and creating these valuable new jobs for our communities.”

TWB Company, LLC to Expand Current Operations in Tennessee, Open New Facility in Davidson County

Wednesday, June 03, 2015 | 07:19 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with TWB Company, LLC officials today announced the company will expand its current operations in Tennessee by locating a new manufacturing facility in Nashville. TWB will invest $18 million in this new operation, creating 41 new jobs in Davidson County.

“TWB’s expansion in Tennessee reinforces our global reputation as a leader in the automotive manufacturing industry,” Boyd said. “I want to thank TWB for choosing to open another location in our state and for the new jobs they’re creating in our communities.”

Tennessee Named Recipient of Area Development's 2015 Gold Shovel Award

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 | 10:00 am

Annual Award Recognizes Achievements in Economic Impact and Job Creation


NASHVILLE – Tennessee has once again ranked among the best states in economic development by Area Development, a leading publication focused on site selection and facility planning. Tennessee, along with Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina and Texas, were named recipients of the magazine’s 2015 Gold Shovel Awards in recognition of projects undertaken in 2014 which created a significant number of high-value-added new jobs as well as investment. The Volunteer State last received Gold Shovel awards in 2012 and 2009 and Silver Shovel awards in 2011 and 2010.


“This award demonstrates the intense focus our state places not only on supporting existing industry growth, but also the importance of recruiting new projects which ultimately create high quality jobs for Tennesseans,” TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd said. “I am grateful to Area Development for recognizing Tennessee’s efforts in economic development and look forward to continuing our work to build a robust pipeline of projects in the future.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Worthington Industries to Expand Current Operations in Greene County

Tuesday, June 02, 2015 | 09:01 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Worthington Industries officials announced today the company will invest $14.25 million to expand its current operations in Greeneville. Worthington Industries is a market leader in the design and manufacturing of high quality custom-engineered operator cabs for industrial mobile equipment. Through this expansion, the company will add four new product lines and create 140 new jobs in Greene County.

“We want to thank Worthington Industries for expanding in Tennessee and for the new jobs they’re creating in Greenville and Greene County,” Haslam said. “Part of our Jobs4TN strategy places a focus on companies already located in Tennessee, and today’s announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Worthington Industries’ expansion in Greene County is the perfect example of what happens when we achieve workforce alignment,” Boyd said. “Programs at the Greene Technology Center and Walters State Community College are training workers to develop the right kind of skills to fit into today’s advanced manufacturing careers and that in turn allows companies like Worthington Industries to quickly fill open positions and continue expanding. I’m excited about their growth and these partnerships between industry and education.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Resolute Forest Products to Expand Current Operations in Calhoun

Monday, June 01, 2015 | 06:04 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Resolute Forest Products U.S., Inc. officials announced the company will invest $270 million to undertake a major expansion at its pulp and paper mill located in Calhoun. Resolute Forest Products, a top global paper products manufacturer, is one of McMinn County’s largest employers and through this expansion, will create 105 new jobs.

“We want to thank Resolute for expanding in Tennessee and for the new jobs they’re creating in Calhoun and McMinn County,” Haslam said. “We think it says a lot when companies like Resolute, who can choose to do business anywhere in the world, continue expanding here, and today’s announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Resolute and the jobs they provide make a major impact in Calhoun and McMinn County,” Boyd said. “They’ve been a cornerstone of this community since 1954 and this investment is a big vote of confidence in the quality of our state’s workforce. We’re focused on giving Tennesseans access to quality education so companies like Resolute have a pipeline of talented workers to ensure success for decades to come.”

TNECD Launches Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program

Thursday, May 28, 2015 | 01:12 pm

New Tool to Assist Counties, Improve Inventory of Industrial Sites

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today it has launched the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP).  The goal of this new tool is to improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee by evaluating potential properties and advising counties on where investment may be most beneficial and what steps may be needed to address issues. 

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce Ficosa North America to Build New Facility in Putnam County

Tuesday, May 26, 2015 | 01:27 pm

Global Automotive Supplier to Create 550 New Jobs

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Ficosa North America officials announced today the company will expand its Tennessee presence by building a new state-of-the-art facility at the Highlands Business Park in Cookeville.  The automotive supplier will invest $58 million in the Putnam County facility and create 550 jobs.