Economic & Community Development

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.”

Railroad Safety Class Being Offered in Nashville for Film and Entertainment Industry Workers

Monday, September 08, 2014 | 10:00 am

Class Open to All Individuals, Including Local 492, Local 600 Members & All Non-Union Production Crew

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Film, Entertainment & Music Commission (TFEMC), in partnership with IATSE Local 492 and IATSE Local 600, will present “Railroad Safety Awareness for Film and Entertainment Industry Workers” on Saturday, September 27 and Sunday, September 28 in Nashville. The Nashville class is open to all individuals, especially Tennessee residents working in the film and entertainment industry who wish to learn more about railroad safety on the set of a production.

“Tennessee prides itself on fostering the type of creative environment that encourages film production, but more importantly, we are focused on ensuring the safety of all individuals involved in these productions across our state,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I encourage those involved in the film and entertainment industry to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Fulton Bellows, LLC to Expand in Knoxville

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 09:00 am

Seamless Metal Bellows Manufacturer to Invest $3 Million, Create 27 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Fulton Bellows, LLC officials announced today the company will expand operations by relocating and integrating new equipment to its existing Knoxville, Tennessee facility. Fulton Bellows, the oldest manufacturer of seamless metal bellows, will invest $3 million and create 27 new jobs in Knox County.

“Tennessee is known for having strategic advantages in a number of key sectors, and across several of those sectors, Fulton Bellows’ products can be found,” Hagerty said. “Fulton Bellows has a rich history and tradition of craftsmanship that has evolved over the course of a century, and today’s announcement is further evidence of the pro-business environment Tennessee offers to both new and incumbent industries. I appreciate the company’s continued investment in Tennessee and for providing additional jobs to our quality workforce.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Magna International to Expand Maury County Seating Manufacturing Operations

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 01:35 pm

Automotive Manufacturer to Invest $16 Million, Create 357 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Magna International officials announced today the company will expand its Maury County manufacturing operations by investing $16 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 701 Beechcroft Road in Spring Hill. Currently located in Columbia, Magna will create 357 new jobs in Maury County over the next two years.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Warby Parker to Open New Office in Davidson County

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 09:00 am

NASHVILLE— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Warby Parker (warbyparker.com) co-founders Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa announced today the transformative lifestyle brand will open a Nashville office, its first outside of New York. The brand will initially open in a temporary location, with plans to build out a permanent space in the near future. As part of the expansion, Warby Parker will create more than 250 new jobs in Davidson County over the next five years.

“We want to thank Warby Parker for investing in Tennessee and creating these high quality jobs in Nashville,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s central geographic location and strong creative class makes us a natural fit for a design company like Warby Parker, and today’s announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee continues to set itself apart as a state where companies can feel confident in leveraging new investment,” Hagerty said. “Warby Parker is another example of a cutting edge brand deciding to locate in Tennessee, taking advantage of our low cost of living, ideal, central location, and creative and talented workforce pool. Our state offers visionary companies like Warby Parker an environment most conducive to continued success, and I welcome their expansion to Tennessee. I appreciate these new jobs they are creating in our communities and look forward to their continued presence in our state.”

Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission Launches New Website

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | 01:39 pm

TNentertainment.com Offers Comprehensive Resource for All Things Entertainment

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Film, Entertainment and Music Commission (TFEMC) announced today the launch of its new website, TNentertainment.com.  The site offers immediate access to essential information regarding Tennessee’s thriving entertainment industry and a host of free resources for anyone interested in learning more about entertainment and doing business in Tennessee. 

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce AIG to Expand, Relocate in Nashville

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | 08:02 am

Leading International Insurance Organization to Add Approximately 200 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and AIG officials announced today the company will expand its Davidson County operations by developing headquarters for the marketing and distribution of financial products related to life insurance.

The expansion will add approximately 200 new jobs over the next three years.

“We want to thank AIG for its continued investment in Tennessee and the jobs they are creating in Davidson County,” Haslam said. “We remain focused not only on recruiting new businesses to the state but also helping our existing industries continue to grow here. Today’s announcement is another step toward our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce General Motors to Invest $185 Million in Engine Plant, Build New Cadillac SRX in Spring Hill

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 11:02 am

New Line of Eco-Tech Engines to be Used by Five GM Brands in 27 Models

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with General Motors officials announced today the company will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex.  GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill.