Economic & Community Development

Tennessee Main Street Communities Generated $59.8 Million in 2013

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 | 10:12 am

646 Net New Jobs Created, 182 Net New Businesses Started

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the 2013 Economic Impact and Reinvestment Statistics from 23 Tennessee Main Street communities for activities occurring between January 1, 2013 and December 31, 2013. These Main Street communities generated more than $59 million of public/private investment in 2013, and continue to be a vital part of the state’s economic and cultural identity.

“Tennessee’s Main Street communities are some of the state’s most valuable and treasured resources,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “These job growth and investment numbers reinforce the importance of our Main Street program in bolstering economic growth while allowing communities to develop productive initiatives that support job creation, downtown revitalization and the long-term success of our state.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Flowers Foods, Inc. to Open Knoxville Bakery

Friday, March 21, 2014 | 02:33 pm

Bakery to produce Nature’s Own, Merita, and Wonder breads and create more than 100 jobs over time

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Flowers Foods officials today announced Flowers Foods will make a significant investment in Knox County by opening the bakery on NW Park Drive in Knoxville. The bakery is scheduled to open in late May with one bread line and over time, is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Greenfield Products to Expand Union City Operations

Monday, March 17, 2014 | 03:00 pm

Custom Heavy Equipment Manufacturer to Invest $6.3 Million, Create 100 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Greenfield Products officials announced today the company will expand their operations in Union City, investing $6.3 million and creating 100 new jobs during the next two years in Obion County. A leading manufacturer of custom heavy equipment attachments, Greenfield Products will add an additional 80,000 square feet of manufacturing space to their current facility located at 3920 Greenfield Drive.

Tennessee Leads Nation with Four Corporate Investment & Community Impact Awards

Friday, March 14, 2014 | 09:18 am

Trade & Industry Development Honors Hankook Tire, Eastman Chemical,
Calsonic Kansei and ProNova Solutions Projects

NASHVILLETrade & Industry Development, a leading economic development trade publication dedicated to corporate site selectors, today announced four Tennessee projects have received honors in its 9th annual Corporate Investment & Community Impact (CiCi) Awards, more than any other state.  Hankook Tire and Eastman Chemical were recognized in the Corporate Investment category, while Calsonic Kansei North America and ProNova Solutions were recognized in the Community Impact category.  All totaled, the four projects generated $2.6 billion in investments and created 3,825 new jobs for the state in 2013.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Fresenius Medical Care to Locate New Manufacturing Operations in Knox County

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 03:26 pm

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Fresenius Medical Care officials today announced the company will locate its new East Coast manufacturing facility in the Panasonic building in the Forks of the River Industrial Park in Knoxville. Fresenius Medical Care will invest up to $140 million in the project and correspondingly create approximately 665 new jobs in Knox County over the next several years.
 
“I want to thank Fresenius Medical Care for investing in Tennessee, and I appreciate the new jobs being created in Knox County,” Haslam said. “Here in Tennessee we’re working to create an environment where companies like Fresenius Medical Care can succeed and expand, and today’s announcement supports our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
 
“Fresenius Medical Care’s decision to locate a new manufacturing facility in Knox County demonstrates how Tennessee’s strengths are aligned with the needs of the global business community,” Hagerty said. “As a company with operations in more than 120 countries, Fresenius Medical Care understands the competitive advantages our state offers with its business friendly environment, quality workforce and excellent location. I am pleased to welcome Fresenius Medical Care to Tennessee, and I appreciate the significant investment this leading health care company is making in our state and its citizens.”

Allied Reprocessing Expanding Operations in Lauderdale County

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 10:07 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Allied Reprocessing officials today announced the company will expand its current operations in Ripley, Tenn. The family-owned business will continue growing in the 100,000 square foot building they moved into in 2012 located at 140 Milton Ave. Allied Reprocessing is investing $1.1 million and creating 31 new jobs in Lauderdale County.

“A keystone of Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN strategy is investing in incumbent businesses,” Hagerty said. “Located in the heart of the nation’s distribution center, Allied Reprocessing can take advantage of our state’s exemplary logistical infrastructure, providing services through the Southeast. I am pleased Allied Reprocessing is reinvesting in Tennessee and creating valuable new jobs for the community.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Mohawk Industries to Open New Ceramic Tile Production and Distribution Facility in Dickson

Thursday, March 06, 2014 | 02:55 pm

Global Flooring Giant to Invest $180 Million, Create 320 New Jobs in Dickson County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with senior leaders from Mohawk Industries today announced the company will build a new ceramic tile production facility and distribution center in the Dickson County Industrial Park. Mohawk Industries is the world’s largest flooring manufacturer and the largest manufacturer of ceramic tile in North America, selling under well-known Daltile, Marazzi, American Olean, Mohawk and Ragno brands. With plans to open the tile manufacturing plant in the fourth quarter of 2015, the company will invest $180 million and create 320 jobs over the next four years.


Tennessee Downtowns Now Accepting Applications

Tuesday, March 04, 2014 | 11:00 am

Downtown Revitalization Program Offers Selected Communities Technical Assistance, Workshops, Grant Funds

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is now accepting applications for Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive education and training program for communities seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts. The program is open to communities with downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago and whose citizens are ready to organize efforts for downtown revitalization. Applications are available upon request and must be completed by Wednesday, April 30. Please visit www.tennesseemainstreet.org for more information.

“The economic strength of a community can often be measured by the health of its historic downtown district, “ Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Vibrant downtown districts make our communities better places to live and work, which can make all the difference when it comes to furthering economic growth and winning new jobs and investment.”

State, Federal Partnership Launching Innovative New Program

Monday, February 24, 2014 | 11:00 am

27 Tennessee Main Street Communities to Benefit from “IDEA Initiative”

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is partnering with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission to launch the “IDEA Initiative” that will assist Tennessee Main Street designated programs in setting achievable, effective and sustainable development objectives. There are currently 27 Main Street communities across Tennessee.

“We are pleased to partner with the United States Department of Agriculture and the Appalachian Regional Commission on this innovative and exciting new program,” TNECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Tennessee’s downtown districts are the backbones of our communities, fostering job growth and revitalization efforts. This new program is a welcome addition to the efforts our Main Street communities make on a daily basis to further economic development.”

Allied Modular Building Systems, Inc. to Expand Operations in Sumner County

Thursday, February 20, 2014 | 11:17 am

Commercial Modular Design Company to Invest $5.1 Million, Create 27 New Jobs


NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Allied Modular Building Systems, Inc. officials today announced the company will expand its current operations in Goodlettsville by building an additional facility at 400 Oak Bluff Ln. The strategic addition will focus on creating Allied Modular’s wall and building systems and will serve the Midwest, South and Northeast parts of the country, as well as Eastern Canada. Through this expansion, Allied Modular Building Systems will invest $5.1 million and create 27 new jobs in Sumner County.