Van Hool Establishes First US Factory in Morristown, Plans to Create Nearly 640 Jobs
Van Hool NV, a Belgium-based charter coach and commuter bus manufacturer, unveiled major plans to establish its first U.S. manufacturing in Morristown. Van Hool will invest more than $47 million to build a 500,000-square-foot factory and create approximately 640 jobs over the next five years.
Filip Van Hool, CEO of the family-owned, third-generation business, joined Gov. Bill Haslam and TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe for the announcement and groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday. Check out the video below for highlights from Thursday’s event.
Van Hool’s Morristown facility will be operational in the first part of 2020.
Commissioner Rolfe Addresses Annual Outlook Williamson Forum in Franklin
Williamson Inc., the combined chamber and economic development organization for Williamson County, hosted its annual Outlook Williamson forum in Franklin. Commissioner Rolfe joined economic developers and local partners to discuss current economic trends in Tennessee and Williamson County.
Nashville’s Guitar Build Workshop: Crafting Custom Guitars in Music City
April is International Guitar Month. The guitar is quintessentially Tennessee. Its body and six strings, or in some cases, twelve strings, have been the critical ingredients in America’s most popular music. Tennessee brands like Gibson and Ephiphone have a storied legacy in music circles.
We took a trip to Guitar Build Workshop in Nashville, where visitors can assemble their own custom-built guitar. Visitors get a hands-on experience, choosing how to stain their guitar body and assembling the neck, bridge and pick guard. “What’s more Nashville than building your own guitar?” Laura Robinson of Guitar Build Workshop says. “In this town everyone plays or wants to play.” Take a behind the scenes look here.
Tennessee Reconnect Sees Strong Interest, Thousands of Applicants
Gov. Haslam announced last week that more than 10,000 adults have applied for Tennessee Reconnect, the state’s program for adult learners to earn an associate degree or technical certificate tuition-free. The application period opened less than two months ago.
“Tennessee is leading the nation in making college accessible and affordable to anyone who wants to earn a degree,” Haslam said. “By investing in our workforce through education, we are creating a solid foundation for our state’s economic future.”