Governor Haslam

Haslam Announces Grants For Waynesboro and Wayne County

Thursday, July 17, 2014 | 11:56 am

Grants total more than $587,000 for energy efficiency improvements, downtown revitalization


WAYNESBORO – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced two grants totaling more than $587,000 for downtown revitalization in Wayne County and energy efficiency improvements at the Green River Surface Water Treatment Plant in Waynesboro.


“These types of projects are critical to strengthening our communities,” Haslam said. “Increasing energy efficiencies saves taxpayer dollars and reduces air emissions and creating a more pedestrian-oriented environment improves our cities’ and towns’ livability and quality of life for Tennesseans.”

Governor Haslam Announces Volkswagen Group of America to Expand Chattanooga Manufacturing Operations, Produce New Midsize SUV Line

Monday, July 14, 2014 | 07:17 am

Automotive Manufacturer To Invest $600 Million, Create 2,000 New Jobs



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Volkswagen Group of America officials announced today the company will expand its sole U.S. manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen will add an additional manufacturing line and create the National Research & Development and Planning Center of Volkswagen Group of America. Volkswagen’s total global investment for the expansion will be $900 million, with $600 million invested in Tennessee and 2,000 new jobs being created in Hamilton County.
 
"Today is an exciting day not just for Chattanooga and Hamilton County but for all of Tennessee, and I want to thank Volkswagen for its significant long-term investment in our state,” Haslam said. “The impact of this announcement goes far beyond the 2,000 new jobs because of the large multiplier effect of the automotive industry, and adding an additional manufacturing line and the National Research & Development and Planning Center sends a clear signal that Tennessee can compete with anyone in the global marketplace.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce ABC Group Inc. to Expand Gallatin Operations

Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 10:00 am

Automotive Systems Manufacturer to Invest $25.5 Million, Create 230 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ABC Group Inc. officials announced today the company will add an additional 180,000 square feet to its existing Gallatin facility in response to increased demand for automotive related products. ABC Group will invest $25.5 million in land, infrastructure and equipment and create 230 new jobs over the next five years in Sumner County.

“We are thankful for ABC Group’s decision to expand its operations in Gallatin and for the more than 200 jobs the company is creating in Sumner County,” Haslam said. “Existing industry expansions, along with Tennessee’s strong automotive manufacturing base, help support our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee has ranked No. 1 state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength, and this announcement by ABC Group underscores the continued manufacturing momentum in our state,” Hagerty said. “Incumbent Tennessee industries are an integral part of the communities they call home, and I appreciate ABC Group for reaffirming its commitment to the citizens of Sumner County.”

Haslam Announces Transportation Grants for Grundy County

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | 01:58 pm

Grants fund improvements in Monteagle and Tracy City
 
MONTEAGLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today nearly $820,000 in two transportation alternative grants for Monteagle and Tracy City to connect downtown districts to trails and make other enhancements.
 
The town of Monteagle was awarded a $216,320 grant for the Pedestrian Corridor Extension Project. The project will install approximately 2,000 feet of 5-foot sidewalks on the east side of Highway 64 beginning at Dubose Street heading south to Elgin Drive. The sidewalk will extend access to the multiuse trail and park in downtown Monteagle. A new pedestrian crosswalk will also be created across Highway 64 at the Monteagle City Ball Park.

Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for Dunlap

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 | 01:55 pm

Project to connect residential areas with downtown business district and educational centers
 
DUNLAP – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today a $591,141 transportation alternative grant to the city of Dunlap to connect residential areas near Coops Creek with the downtown business district and educational centers.
 
Phase II of the Coops Creek Greenway Project is located at the beginning of Highway 127 and continues along the edge of the creek. It will include parking, bicycle racks, and a gathering area for public events.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Rough Country Suspension Systems to Expand in Newbern

Monday, June 30, 2014 | 10:00 am

Premium Suspension Products Manufacturer to Invest $1.5 Million, Forecasts 200 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Rough Country Suspension Systems officials announced today the company will relocate its distribution operations to a 250,000 square foot facility in Newbern. Headquartered in Dyersburg, the expansion will allow Rough Country to more than double the size of its workforce as well as its Dyer County footprint. With a goal of being fully operational by late August, Rough Country’s plans include investment of $1.5 million and the creation of up to 200 new jobs over the next five years.

“I want to congratulate Rough Country on this expansion in Dyer County and thank the company for the new jobs that will be created for Tennesseans,” Haslam said. “We leverage our state’s assets to create an environment that allows companies to grow and expand, and today’s announcement supports our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

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

Thursday, June 26, 2014 | 09:30 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.”

Haslam Announces Transportation Grant for Springfield

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 | 02:34 pm

$883,000 grant funds Pedestrian/Greenway Project downtown


SPRINGFIELD – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today an $882,943 transportation alternative grant to the city of Springfield to build a major component of the city’s Greenway Master Plan.


Phase III of the Pedestrian/Bicycle Greenway Project includes pedestrian and bicycle facilities along portions of South Main Street, Central Avenue West, John L. Patterson Street, and Bransford Drive. Phase III will also connect the southern portion of Springfield with the Central Business District and includes 4,000 linear feet of concrete path. New landscaping, benches, bike racks, and decorative lighting will be added.