Economic & Community Development

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.”

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

Tuesday, June 03, 2014 | 09:00 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 | 01:00 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 | 11:00 am

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.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors, LLC to Construct Chattanooga Facility

Thursday, May 22, 2014 | 10:00 am

Automotive Plastics Manufacturer to Invest $65 Million, Create 300 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Plastic Omnium Auto Exteriors, LLC officials today announced the company will invest $65 million to construct a new facility on 27 acres at Enterprise South Industrial Park in Chattanooga. A tier one supplier for Volkswagen and other major Southeast automotive manufacturers, Plastic Omnium will create 184 new jobs by the time it starts production in 2015 and expand its payroll to include 300 people within three years of opening.

“I want to welcome Plastic Omnium to Tennessee and thank the company for choosing Chattanooga for its latest North American operations,” Haslam said. “Companies can choose to do business anywhere in the world, and when they select Tennessee, it speaks volumes to our business friendly environment and our workforce. We are grateful for the 300 new jobs that will be created, supporting our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee ranks among the top 10 in the nation for job creation in the manufacturing sector and with more than 900 automotive manufacturers and suppliers located statewide, Plastic Omnium is sure to be an outstanding addition in Chattanooga,” Hagerty said. “I applaud international companies like Plastic Omnium who recognize and take advantage of Tennessee’s superior central location and logistical strength, and I appreciate the company’s decision to locate in our great state.”

Tennessee Main Streets Host Summer Activities

Wednesday, May 21, 2014 | 09:01 am

NASHVILLE—The summer season in Tennessee is right around the corner, and it’s the perfect time to take in the sights and sounds of our beautiful Main Street Communities. Tennessee Main Street Programs are once again hosting multiple events and farmers’ markets over the next several months that will highlight the unique offerings of each community across the state while supporting historic downtown business districts.

“Tennessee’s historic downtown districts are an important part of our state’s unique identity and character,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Creating and nurturing vibrant downtown commercial districts not only promotes tourism and job growth, but it also signals our state’s overall economic strength, helping us win new investments.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Tyson Foods, Inc. to Expand Manufacturing Operations in Davidson County

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 | 09:07 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Tyson Foods, Inc. officials today announced the food processor will invest $15.5 million to expand its current operations in Goodlettsville and hire and train 157 new workers.

“I want to thank Tyson Foods for investing in our state and creating these high quality jobs for Middle Tennessee,” Haslam said. “When well-established companies like Tyson Foods choose to expand and reinvest in our state, it sends a strong message that Tennessee is one of the best places to do business and supports our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“One of the reasons why Tennessee remains competitive when it comes to job creation is our emphasis on supporting incumbent industries’ sustained growth. Incumbent industry is the lifeblood of Tennessee's economy,” Hagerty said. “Tyson Foods already employs a significant amount of Tennesseans at its facilities in our state, and I appreciate their continued support and investment.”

Novita Technologies to Expand Hendersonville Operations

Thursday, May 15, 2014 | 11:58 am

Automotive Electronics Manufacturer to Invest $3.2 Million, Create 31 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Novità Technologies officials today announced the company will expand its Hendersonville operations by investing $3.2 million in building and infrastructure improvements to an existing facility located at 175 Old Shackle Island Rd. The expansion will allow Novità Technologies to double its Hendersonville footprint and create 31 new jobs, increasing its workforce by 60 percent.

Nancy Williams Named Tennessee Main Street Program Director

Wednesday, May 07, 2014 | 09:01 am

NASHVILLE—The Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Nancy Williams has been named Tennessee Main Street Program director, leading the initiative that provides assistance to communities in revitalizing their downtown and central business districts.

“Vibrant downtowns and central business districts are the backbone of our state’s economy,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Nurturing growth and development in our historic districts not only fosters job creation, it signifies our overall economic strength as a state. Nancy brings decades of experience and a large network of relationships to her position within our department that will be valuable assets to our Tennessee Main Street communities throughout the state.”