Governor Haslam

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Unilever to Expand Covington Ice Cream Facility

Thursday, September 19, 2013 | 02:32 pm

Global Consumer Goods Giant to Invest $108.7 Million, Add 428 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Unilever officials announced today the company will expand operations at its Covington facility. Plans include facility and site improvements for an 11,000 square foot engine room expansion and a 90,000 square foot parking lot expansion resulting in an investment of $108.7 million and the addition of 428 new full-time positions over a four-year period. Upon completion of the project, Unilever expects to have a workforce of nearly 1,000 employees in Covington.

Governor Haslam Announces Six Community Development Block Grants

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 03:36 pm

Grants to Assist Gibson County Communities with Fire Protection and Sewer System Improvements

TRENTON – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced six recipients of Community Development Block Grants that will assist with fire protection and sewer system improvements in Gibson County communities. The grant recipients included Dyer, Gibson, Humboldt, Milan, Rutherford and Trenton. Additional CDBG recipients will be announced in the upcoming months.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Merchant House International to Open First U.S. Facility in Tennessee

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 10:06 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with officials from the Footwear Division of the Merchant House International Group today announced the company will open its first U.S. footwear manufacturing facility in Jefferson County. The company is moving production of a footwear line from its headquarters in Tianjin, China to Jefferson City due to increased demand from domestic retail customers. Merchant House International will invest $5.4 million and create 109 new jobs at its new Jefferson City facility.

“I want to welcome Merchant House International to Tennessee and thank them for their investment in Jefferson County,” Haslam said. “When a global company chooses to move operations to our state, it speaks volumes about the business environment and the workforce here, and it is another step toward our goal to become the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Merchant House International’s decision to move production to Tennessee underscores how more and more global companies are reevaluating the cost effectiveness of manufacturing overseas,” Hagerty said. “With the best balance sheet in the country and an advantageous central location, our state is ideally positioned to continue winning international business. I want to thank Merchant House International for bringing high quality manufacturing jobs back to Tennessee.” Website Ranked First In the Nation

Thursday, September 05, 2013 | 02:12 pm

State builds on trend of delivering award-winning digital services to citizens
NASHVILLE ⎯ The State of Tennessee’s official website,, has been named the best state website in the country in the annual “Best of the Web” competition sponsored by the Center for Digital Government.
“With more Tennesseans going online to do business with the state, we understand that there is growing demand for mobile access to state services,” Gov. Bill Haslam said.  “As we continue to look for ways to make state government more customer-focused, efficient and effective, we are grateful for this recognition that supports those efforts online.”

Haslam Announces Governor's Management Fellowship Program

Thursday, September 05, 2013 | 10:17 am

Highly Competitive Two-Year Program for Recent Graduates
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the Tennessee Governor’s Management Fellowship program for exceptional applicants who wish to serve and learn under Tennessee state government’s top leaders.
The nonpartisan program offers a competitive salary and is open to recent graduates demonstrating outstanding academic achievement, a passion for serving their communities and outstanding character and leadership abilities.

Haslam Shifts 'Drive to 55' Initiative Into High Gear

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 | 03:11 pm

Goal to have 55 percent of Tennesseans with certificates or degrees beyond high school by 2025

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today convened key stakeholders including members of the General Assembly and leaders from Tennessee’s four-year colleges and universities, community colleges, colleges of applied technology, chambers of commerce, the business community, and the state board of education to discuss the challenges Tennessee faces in building a strong workforce for today and in the future.

“We want Tennesseans working in Tennessee jobs.  We want Tennesseans to have an opportunity to get a good job and for those in the workplace to be able to advance and get an even better job,” Haslam said.  “Currently in Tennessee, only 32 percent of us have a certificate or degree beyond high school, and studies show that by the year 2025 that number needs to be at least 55 percent for us to keep up with job demand.  We have a lot of work ahead of us.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce ARC Automotive, Inc. to Expand Knoxville Operations

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 | 09:01 am

Airbag Inflator Manufacturer to Invest $3 Million, Create 115 New Jobs in Knox County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ARC Automotive, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand its existing Knoxville, Tenn. location. The expansion, necessitated by the company’s growing domestic and international customer base, represents an investment of $3 million and will create 115 new jobs in Knox County.