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Team Tennessee Times – May 29, 2018

Jobless Rate Falls in All 95 Tennessee Counties

The jobless rate fell in all 95 Tennessee counties in April and the unemployment rate is now at or below 5 percent in all counties across the state. “Our investments in education and workforce development are showing results in all corners of the state and to have such low unemployment rates in each county is great news for every Tennessean,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “Tennessee will lead in job recruitment because we are focused on developing a high quality workforce.” More here.

LG Electronics Nears October Opening at Clarksville Plant

LG Electronics officials last week celebrated the completion of the steel construction phase of its new $250 million facility in Clarksville. TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe joined Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan and Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett for the ceremony. The new appliance factory, which will employ 600, is on pace to open in October 2018.

TNECD Holds Apprenticeship Summit

Commissioner Rolfe spoke at the Tennessee Apprenticeship Summit last week in Nashville. Rolfe, along with leaders and apprentices from North American Stamping Group and Volkswagen Chattanooga, discussed the importance of apprenticeship programs in Tennessee and across the U.S.

The summit highlighted key takeaways from a statewide listening tour conducted by TNECD during the past few months. More details here.

Black Rifle Coffee Company Establishes Operations in Manchester, Creating 52 Jobs

Black Rifle Coffee Company announced last week it will locate new operations in Manchester. The veteran-owned and operated coffee company will invest $6 million and create 52 new jobs in Coffee County during the next five years. BRCC is a roaster and distributor of premium, small-batch, roast-to-order coffee around the world. More here on the company’s Coffee County plan.

Ware Manufacturing Expanding in Surgoinsville

Ware Manufacturing, Inc. is expanding its operations in Surgoinsville and Hawkins County. The maker of pet products will invest $1.1 million and create 32 new jobs at Phipps Bend Industrial Park. Here’s more.

Four Tennessee Counties Secure Diabetes Control Funding

Bledsoe, Hancock, Scott and Van Buren counties have each secured $10,000 grants through the Appalachian Diabetes Control and Translation Project. The program, co-funded by ARC and CDC, offers distressed counties in Tennessee, Mississippi and North Carolina the chance to join ARC’s network of diabetes coalitions to prevent and control diabetes in distressed counties in Appalachia.

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