Economic & Community Development

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Conduit Global to Locate New Call Center Operations in Memphis

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 | 11:41 am

Leading Business Process Outsourcing Company to Create More Than 1,000 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Conduit Global officials announced today the company will locate a new, 1,000-seat call center at the Goodlett Farms Office Park in Shelby County. Conduit Global, one of the world’s largest independent, fully-integrated business process outsourcing companies, will invest $8 million in building and infrastructure improvements and create more than 1,000 new jobs in Memphis.

TNTrade Program Assists Swiftwick in Securing International Distribution Deal

Tuesday, January 21, 2014 | 11:01 am

NASHVILLE—With assistance from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s export program TNTrade, Swiftwick, a leading U.S. producer of athletic compression socks today announced a partnership with Rock Gear Distribution of Blairmore, Alberta, the company’s first Canadian distributor. Rock Gear Distribution (RGD) will provide retailers throughout Canada with full support and stocking for Swiftwick PURSUIT, ASPIRE and Cut-Resistant Hockey Sock lines.  

“Swiftwick is a great example of a company that’s taken initiative to explore alternative markets while leveraging the resources newly available from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development,” TNECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “As a business person, I know tackling a new market can consume scarce management time and has the potential to dilute ongoing efforts in the base business. Our goal with the TNTrade program is to minimize the distractions and maximize the effectiveness of Tennessee companies as they explore these meaningful new opportunities. Swiftwick proves you can both be successful domestically and internationally, and I congratulate them on this exciting accomplishment.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Total Quality Logistics to Locate in Davidson County

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 | 11:07 am

Transportation Services Company to Invest $1 million, Create 105 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Total Quality Logistics (TQL) officials today announced the transportation services company will begin operations in Davidson County. The company will open a sales office to meet the needs of its expanding client-base in the Basin Alley Building located at 105 Broadway in downtown Nashville. This expansion represents an investment of $1 million and the creation of 105 new jobs.

Tennessee Named "2013 State Of The Year" For Economic Development

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 11:14 am

Business Facilities magazine cites diverse top projects in award

NASHVILLE – Tennessee is the “2013 State of the Year,” according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

Tennessee’s top five economic development projects created a total of 6,900 jobs, $3.2 billion in capital investment and included seven expansions and three new recruitments. The magazine picked the state after evaluating the top five projects for the number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2013.

Popcorn Sutton's Tennessee White Whiskey to Open New Distillery in Cocke County

Wednesday, January 08, 2014 | 11:00 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Popcorn Sutton Distilling LLC officials today announced the Nashville-based distillery has built a new, craft distillery in Cocke County. Due to increased market demand, the Tennessee whiskey manufacturer will open a new 46,000 square foot facility in Newport, Tenn. and plans to create 36 new jobs over the next five years.  

“Whether it’s whiskey, cars or guitars, Tennessee’s brand and reputation for high quality craftsmanship is world-renowned,” Hagerty said. “Popcorn Sutton Distilling LLC’s decision to invest and expand here in Tennessee speaks volumes about our state’s business climate, which is second to none.”

ArcelorMittal to Reopen Harriman Facility

Thursday, January 02, 2014 | 10:03 am

Leading Global Steel Company to Create 61 New Jobs

NASHVILLE –Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ArcelorMittal executives announced today the company’s plans to reopen its Harriman facility which closed in 2011 due to poor market conditions. With a goal of being fully operational by April 2014, ArcelorMittal will hire 61 new employees over the next two years in Roane County.

Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee, Inc. Announces New Investment in Clinton Facility

Tuesday, December 17, 2013 | 10:01 am

Automotive Parts Supplier to Invest $53.8 million, Create 81 New Jobs

NASHVILLE –Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Aisin Holdings of America, Inc. executives announced today the company’s plans to invest $53.8 million in Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee, Inc., a subsidiary operating in Clinton, Tenn. The company’s second major business expansion since locating in Tennessee in 2004 will create 81 new jobs over the next two years in Anderson County.

ECD Announces Fourth Round of Select Tennessee Certified Sites

Thursday, December 12, 2013 | 11:04 am

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced the next four Select Tennessee Certified Sites. The Select Tennessee program was launched in June 2012 with the goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion. The program sets a consistent and rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making critical location decisions. To date, 26 greenfield sites have been certified and new facilities are being located at Select Tennessee Certified Sites in Benton, Dyer and Montgomery Counties. The four newest sites are:

•    American Way Site: Lauderdale Co. (American Way, Ripley)
•    City of Milan Industrial Park Site: Gibson Co. (Denton Fly Road, Milan)
•    Clinton/I-75 Industrial Park Site 2R: Anderson Co. (Frank Diggs Drive, Clinton)
•    Rialto Industrial Site: Tipton Co. (US Highway 51N, Covington)

"With 26 certified sites to choose from, Tennessee offers companies a wide range of developable properties across our state that have been vetted and certified to international standards by world-class site selection firms Austin Consulting and The Foote Consulting Group," ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. "With new facilities being located at Select Tennessee sites in Benton, Dyer and Montgomery counties, the investment made by state and local governments in these sites is already producing results. These Select Tennessee Certified Sites assure top decision makers their site will be operational in the shortest possible timeframe. I congratulate all of our new Select Tennessee Certified Sites and their communities."

Celebrate the Holidays on Main Street

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 | 11:08 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Main Streets are beautiful year-round, but these historic centers truly take center stage during the holiday season while showcasing unique events, festivals and activities for families and people of all ages. Tennessee Main Street holiday events support the historic downtown districts of communities all across the state.
“Tennessee is fortunate to have vibrant, downtown districts that serve to anchor our communities with high quality jobs all across the state,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I encourage everyone to visit their downtown districts during the holiday season to experience a piece of what makes Tennessee a wonderful place both to live and to do business.”

Hundreds of Tennessee Small Businesses to Participate in "Small Business Saturday" on November 30

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | 11:04 am

NASHVILLE—While the day after Thanksgiving may be the unofficial kick-off to the holiday shopping season, Small Business Saturday is gaining popularity and momentum in Tennessee and around the United States. Small Business Saturday began in 2010 as an American Express initiative, and has grown into a movement that millions of individuals, businesses, and communities have embraced nationwide—and continue to support each and every day. On Saturday, Nov. 30, hundreds of Tennessee businesses will open their doors, as customers are encouraged to “Shop Small.”

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of Tennessee’s economy, showcasing our state’s vibrant entrepreneurial spirit while providing valuable jobs in our communities,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I strongly encourage Tennesseans to support small businesses not only on Small Business Saturday, but throughout the year.”