Economic & Community Development

CLARCOR Inc. to Establish State-of-the-Art Innovation Center in Columbia

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 06:00 pm

Research and Production Facility to House Scientists, Engineers 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with CLARCOR Inc. officials announced today the company will acquire a 62,250 square foot structure to create a state-of-the-art global research and product development resource to be known as the CLARCOR Innovation Center. CLARCOR, a global provider of filtration products, systems and services, will invest in excess of $10 million and create 35 new jobs across its two Middle Tennessee locations over the next five years.

“Tennessee is a leader in total R&D expenditures, ranking eighth in the U.S., and far outpacing nationwide R&D intensity growth by 30 percent in a 10 year period,” Hagerty said. “In addition to our favorable central location and business-friendly environment, Tennessee offers R&D-driven companies the opportunity to partner with globally recognized, Tennessee-based institutions to bring the next state-of-the-art concept to fruition. CLARCOR is an exceptional corporate citizen, and I appreciate CLARCOR’s management for their vision and for their decision to continue the company’s investment in Tennessee. Importantly, we applaud the high-wage jobs CLARCOR provides for our qualified workforce.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Pacific Industries to Locate First Southeast Manufacturing Location in Madison County

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 10:04 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Pacific Industries officials today announced the automotive parts manufacturer will construct and operate a new manufacturing plant in Jackson, Tennessee. Plans include the creation of 190 new jobs over the initial five years of operations and a substantial investment in connection with the development and construction of the new facility, which will primarily manufacture metal-stamping products for the automotive industry.

“I want to thank Pacific Industries for choosing to locate their first manufacturing facility in the Southeast in Jackson, and I appreciate the high quality jobs they are creating in Madison County,” Haslam said. “Tennessee has a strong global presence in automotive manufacturing, further strengthened by this new investment, and today’s announcement supports our goal of becoming the No. 1 place in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee is ranked the No. 1 state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength. We’ve earned our top spot not only because of the major automotive manufacturers that call our state home, but also as a result of our robust automotive supplier network that supports this industry, allowing for continued expansion in our state,” Hagerty said. “I want to welcome Pacific Industries to Tennessee and I appreciate the valuable jobs their investment will create in Madison County. I look forward to their continued presence and further growth in Tennessee.”

Sam Wills Named New Southeast Regional Director

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 10:16 am

Wills to Help with Existing Industry Expansions and New Business Recruitment

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Sam Wills has been named Southeast Tennessee regional director.  Wills will be responsible for leading the state’s economic development efforts in the area that serves Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, Polk, Rhea, McMinn, Meigs and Sequatchie counties.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Southtec, LLC to Expand Wilson County Operations

Wednesday, June 11, 2014 | 10:02 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with Southtec, LLC officials today announced the company will expand its current operations in Lebanon. The automotive parts manufacturer will invest $23.6 million to add onto its existing facility in Lebanon, as well as develop a new Lebanon property creating 210 new jobs.

“I want to thank Southtec for their continued investment in Tennessee and Wilson County,” Haslam said. “With announcements like this Tennessee further solidifies its place as a global leader in the automotive industry and today’s announcement supports our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Southtec’s decision to further expand in Tennessee is a testament to our outstanding workforce,” Hagerty said.” The automotive industry provides employment for more than 114,000 Tennesseans, supporting a wide range of OEMs and suppliers located throughout the state. As the global automotive industry shifts its focus toward the southeast, Tennessee is ideally positioned through our geography and ideal business climate to continuing winning new investments.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Brookdale to Expand Williamson County Corporate Headquarters

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | 02:00 pm

National Senior Living Operator to Invest $2.1 Million, Create 162 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with Brookdale Senior Living Inc. officials, today announced the company will expand its current corporate headquarters at 111 Westwood Pl. in Brentwood. Through this expansion, Brookdale will invest $2.1 million and add 162 new jobs over the course of five years.

“I want to thank Brookdale for choosing to reinvest in Tennessee and creating these high quality jobs in Williamson County,” Haslam said. “Here in Tennessee, we work hard to create the kind of environment where businesses can thrive and continue to grow and today’s announcement supports our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“We are very pleased with Brookdale‘s expansion in Tennessee and their decision to continue investing in Williamson County,” Hagerty said. “Tennessee consistently ranks among the top states in the nation for doing business, a recognition we strive toward in our efforts to encourage incumbent business expansion as well as winning new investment. I appreciate Brookdale’s vote of confidence in our workforce and the additional jobs they will create for Middle Tennesseans.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. to Expand Current Headquarter Operations in Shelby County

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | 11:30 am

Orthopedics Manufacturer to Invest $100 Million, Create 171 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with MicroPort Orthopedics Inc. officials today announced the company will expand its current headquarter operations in Shelby County. The orthopedic implant and instrument manufacturer will invest $100 million over the next five years in product design, manufacturing capability, and world class training and education facilities at its existing location in Arlington, Tennessee and create 171 new jobs.

“I want to thank MicroPort Orthopedics for their continued investment in Tennessee and the new jobs they are creating in Shelby County,” Haslam said. “Expanding companies already located here is one of our priorities, and this announcement supports our goal of becoming the No.1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee exports over $32.4 billion worth of products around the world, of which medical equipment and supplies are our top category,” Hagerty said. “Our state’s strength in research and development allows global companies like MicroPort Orthopedics to feel confident in their continued investment, knowing their commitment to innovation is valued and supported in Tennessee. I appreciate MicroPort Orthopedics’ decision to expand in our state and the valuable jobs they are creating in the Memphis community, and I look forward to their further growth in Tennessee.”

Brownsville and Winchester Certified as Main Street Communities

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 | 09:26 am

Brownsville and Winchester are 27th and 28th Cities Added to Historic Program

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today Brownsville, located in Haywood County and Winchester, located in Franklin County, have achieved Tennessee Main Street certification. These communities join 26 other Tennessee Main Street communities that are certified through the state program and accredited by the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Our Main Street program continues to expand, adding new communities to a robust network of unique historical districts that set our state apart. These cultural centers are vital to preserving and celebrating our state’s identity and also serve to promote new economic growth from within, as well as outside investments,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I congratulate Brownsville and Winchester on their achievement and welcome them to the Main Street community.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce MVP Group International, Inc. to Expand Obion County Operations

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 10:00 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with MVP Group International, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand its current operations at 600 Sherwood Dr. in Union City. The home fragrance company will invest $2 million and create 100 new jobs in Obion County.

“I want to thank MVP Group International for investing in Obion County and creating 100 new jobs in Union City,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s central location is attractive to businesses looking to be strategically located, and today’s announcement supports our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
 
“MVP and our department have prioritized putting a great labor force in Union City via this newly expanded presence in our state,” Hagerty said. “MVP has been a solid employer in the region and will be a great partner as Tennessee plays a more vital role in the company’s further expansion.”

ARC Automotive, Inc. to Expand Operations, Open New Manufacturing Facility in Trousdale County

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 | 02:00 pm

Global Automotive Parts Manufacturer to Invest $3 Million, Create 66 New Jobs

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ARC Automotive, Inc. officials today announced the global automotive parts manufacturer will expand its long-time presence in Tennessee. The company will invest approximately $3 million to locate a new manufacturing facility in Hartsville to expand its automotive airbag inflator product production capability, creating 66 new jobs in Trousdale County.

“Tennessee is home to over 900 automotive manufacturers and suppliers, creating a thriving automotive industry that employs more than 114,000 Tennesseans,” Hagerty said. “We’ve been ranked No. 1 in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength for an unprecedented four years in a row, thanks in large part to commitments from major manufacturers who are supported by a vast array of suppliers across the state. I appreciate the jobs ARC Automotive is creating in the Hartsville community and look forward to their continued growth.”

Royal Building Products to Begin PVC Pipe Production in Newbern

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 12:00 pm

Building Materials Manufacturer and Distributor to Invest $24 Million, Create 85 New Jobs

NASHVILLE –Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Royal Building Products officials today announced the company will invest $24 million in new equipment to support PVC pipe production at its Newbern facility. Royal Building Products, a leading manufacturer and distributor of home remodeling, building and municipal construction materials, will create 85 new jobs in Dyer County.

“Tennessee’s performance strength and job growth is second to none, and today’s announcement by Royal Building Products simply adds to the momentum that has been building in West Tennessee since the start of the Haslam Administration,” Hagerty said. “In the past 12 months alone, 3,000 new jobs were created by 46 landed projects in West Tennessee, and I could not be more pleased to see yet another company expanding its operations in the region. I appreciate Royal’s decision to further invest in Tennessee and for the new jobs created for our citizens.”