England, Inc. Breaks Ground on $31M New Tazewell Expansion
England, Inc. broke ground last Tuesday on its $31 million expansion in New Tazewell. The furniture manufacturer, an independent division of La-Z-Boy and longstanding Tennessee employer for more than 50 years, plans to create 200 jobs in Claiborne County. Gov. Bill Haslam and TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe joined England officials for Tuesday’s groundbreaking. More details here on the company’s Claiborne County expansion.
Nashville Display Investing $3 Million in Dover
Nashville Display announced last week that it will expand its operations in Dover. The fabricated wire and metal display manufacturer will invest $3 million in its Stewart County facility and create 20 jobs. Nashville Display works with major retail stores such as Cracker Barrel, Dollar General and Tractor Supply. Here’s more.
Schneider Electric Opens New Franklin Regional Office Hub, Eyes Aggressive Growth
Scheider Electric held the official grand opening of its new regional office hub in Franklin this past week. The company announced in 2016 that it would base the major Southeast regional office in Franklin. Schneider’s North American president and CEO Annette Clayton told the Nashville Business Journal that the Franklin office is currently home to 850 employees. “There’s no facility in the U.S. that will grow as much as we’ll grow this one,” Clayton said, as she outlined the company’s growth plans to create 250 jobs in Williamson County by 2023. More here.
Hancock County Celebrates Project 95 Company
Project 95 combines resources from multiple state and federal partners, targeted at introducing a series of community and economic development programs for Hancock County.
Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Rolfe were in Hancock County two weeks ago to announce Allied Dispatch Solutions as the tenant of Project 95’s call center in Sneedville. The company plans to create more than 100 jobs in Hancock County, which ranks at or near the bottom of Tennessee counties in a variety of economic measures. If you missed the announcement or weren’t able to make it out, we have you covered. Check out the video above for the big announcement. More here on Project 95 and the efforts to promote economic growth in Hancock County.
TNECD, Main Street Host Downtown Development Workshops
TNECD and the National Main Street Center hosted three workshops last week focused on Downtown Retail Development. The workshops helped Main Street and Tennessee Downtown communities understand the importance of establishing a business friendly community, how to capture and use data as well as best practices that other communities have used. The downtown development programs from Jackson, Columbia and Crossville hosted last week’s events.