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Team Tennessee Times – July 3, 2017

Register Today for 2017 Governor’s Conference

It’s that time of year again. Registration for the 2017 Governor’s Conference is officially open. We look forward to seeing you in Gatlinburg on October 26 and 27. Governor’s Conference offers a great opportunity to network with peers from across Tennessee. Stay tuned for the full conference schedule, speaker information and more details in the coming months. You can register here.

Protomet Announces Expansion in Loudon

Protomet Corporation announced last week it will invest more than $29 million to rehab the former Maremont Exhaust plant in Loudon. The Oak Ridge-based engineering and advanced manufacturing company plans to create 200 jobs at its new facility in Loudon County. More here.

Fitzgerald Collision & Repair Undergoes Major Expansion in Upper Cumberland

Fitzgerald Collision & Repair announced plans for a $9 million, 220-job expansion in the Upper Cumberland. FCR will expand its existing plant in Rickman and also establish a new facility in Sparta. FCR recently announced a new vocational program and partnership with the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) Livingston, which offers students training in commercial fleet truck maintenance and repair. Here’s more.

300-Plus New Jobs Headed for Rutherford Co.

More than 300 new jobs are coming to Rutherford County. HYLA, Inc. and Valeo North America announced last week they would make sizable investments in Rutherford County. HYLA, which rehabs and resells used smart phones and cellular devices, is locating new operations in La Vergne, investing $1 million and creating 225 new jobs. Meanwhile, Valeo is expanding its operations in Smyrna. The automotive supplier will invest $25 million and create approximately 80 new jobs.

Helping Americans Sleep Easier, Sinomax Brings Hundreds of Jobs to Tennessee

Commissioner Bob Rolfe penned an piece for Walmart’s blog about Sinomax’s new plant in Davidson County. Sinomax is a major supplier of sleep products for Walmart stores. “We’re sending a clear message to employers about our commitment to building the highly-skilled workforce they need to face the future of manufacturing,” Rolfe writes. His piece can be read in full here.

TNECD Welcomes Two New Interns

TNECD has partnered with Vanderbilt University and Lipscomb University to provide paid summer internships for students with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Peach Chinratanalab of NEXT Steps and Brittanee Whitelow of the IDEAL program are partnered with Ann Thompson, TNECD’s workforce development director, and will spend their time working on research, workforce development, and advocacy programs. These two young women add great value to our team and help to create a truly inclusive and diverse environment. If you see Brittanee or Peach, welcome them to the team!