Economic & Community Development

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce ForceX to Expand Tennessee Operations in Davidson County

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 08:30 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ForceX officials today announced the software company will open a new location in Nashville. Driven by significant company growth, its national customer base and a desire to be part of the technology and entrepreneurial community Nashville offers, ForceX selected an area near downtown Nashville as the perfect location for its central hub of operation, which will also include its headquarters. The company plans to invest $1.8 million and create 175 jobs over the next five years at its new location at The Sheds on Charlotte development at 2200 Charlotte Ave.

“I want to thank ForceX for continuing to invest in Tennessee and the new jobs being created in Middle Tennessee,” Haslam said. “When companies like ForceX choose to make Tennessee their home, it highlights our commitment to growing existing business and this announcement supports our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee is becoming nationally recognized for its entrepreneurship and innovation, drawing talent from all corners of the globe,” Hagerty said. “Our state has a rich history of producing cutting edge ideas that change the way the world operates. Under Tracy Guarino’s effective leadership, ForceX is leading the way in new and vital technologies that set Tennessee apart. I am pleased ForceX can take advantage of the support that exists to grow technology companies, and I appreciate the high quality jobs they are creating in the Nashville area. I look forward to their continued presence and further expansion in Tennessee.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Hatch Stamping Company to Locate Manufacturing Facility in Portland

Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 01:00 pm

Automotive Components Manufacturer to Invest $17 Million, Create 101 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Hatch Stamping Company officials announced today the company will locate a new manufacturing facility in Portland in an effort to expand its footprint in the Southeast. With a goal of being fully operational by January 2015, the Michigan-based automotive components manufacturer will invest $17 million in an existing facility and create 101 new jobs in Robertson County.

“I want to welcome Hatch Stamping Company to Tennessee and congratulate the company on its latest expansion,” Haslam said. “Hatch Stamping’s decision to locate a new manufacturing facility in Portland is another example of the business-friendly climate our state offers to companies around the world, and it reinforces our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee boasts a number of advantages that make our state stand at the forefront when business owners are considering expansion -- including our favorable central location and qualified, dedicated workforce,” Hagerty said. “Our specialized automotive workforce is a significant competitive advantage for Tennessee, and I couldn’t be more pleased to see Hatch Stamping leverage this strength for our state. I appreciate the company’s decision to locate in Portland and wish them much continued success in the future.”

Six Communities Selected for Fourth Round of Tennessee Downtowns

Thursday, June 19, 2014 | 09:00 am

Downtown Revitalization Program Offers Selected Communities Technical Assistance, Training

NASHVILLE— Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced the communities of Arlington, Carthage, Ducktown, Etowah, Jamestown and Shelbyville have been selected to participate in the Tennessee Downtowns program. In its fourth round of participants, Tennessee Downtowns is a competitive community improvement program for cities and counties seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts.

“Congratulations to the six newest communities joining our Tennessee Downtowns program,” Hagerty said. “This program offers valuable tools to support downtown revitalization and historic preservation. Strong downtowns create overall economic strength in our state, both encouraging investment from within and attracting fresh commitments to Tennessee.” 

“These six communities new to the Tennessee Downtowns program are looking to the future of their historic downtowns, and we look forward to working with them on their revitalization efforts,” Tennessee Main Street Director Nancy Williams said.

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

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 | 05:00 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 | 09:04 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 | 09:16 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 | 09:02 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 | 01:00 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 | 10:30 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 | 08:26 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.”