Manufacturer to create more than 170 new jobs

PARIS, TENN. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Eurotranciatura USA officials today announced the manufacturer is investing $ 12.6 million to expand its operations in Paris over the next five years. Eurotranciatura, a subsidiary of the world’s largest steel lamination company for electrical rotating machines, will create more than 170 new jobs as part of the expansion.

Eurotranciatura’s investment includes upgrades and new equipment for its existing manufacturing plant in Henry County. Eurotranciatur a will also build a roughly 30,000 square foot distribution warehouse near its current plant to accommodate growth and reduce transportation costs.

Structural storage racking system manufacturer to invest $17.4 million, create 120 new jobs

DYERSBURG, Tenn. — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Frazier Industrial Company officials today announced the company will build a new manufacturing facility in Dyersburg. The leading structural storage racking system manufacturer will invest approximately $17.4 million and create 120 new jobs in Dyer County.

“In Tennessee, we are known for our highly skilled workforce, especially in the manufacturing sector, and it means a great deal that Frazier wil l be adding even more jobs to this steadily growing sector,” Haslam said. “I want to thank Frazier for its commitment to create more than 100 jobs in Dyersburg and for bringing us one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Leading condiment producer to invest $20 million, create 150 new jobs

DYERSBURG — Tenness ee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Develey Mustard & Condiments Corporation officials announced today the company will locate its first North American production facility in Dyersburg. Develey will invest $20 million in the new operation, creating 150 jobs in Dyer County over the next five years.

“We welcome Develey to Dyersburg and thank the company for choosing Tennessee as its first location of operations in North America,” Haslam said. “Develey joins more than 1,000 registered food and beverage manufacturers operating throughout our state. The new jobs created through this project will have a great impact on our West Tennessee workforce and help support our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Funds to support local health, public safety, economic development and education initiatives

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the 63 counties that will receive ThreeStar Competitive Grants.

The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

To be eligible to apply for these grants, each community must meet all ThreeStar program requirements. ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key co mmunity areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

On April 11, representatives from the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Williams Sausage, CenterPoint Business Solutions, Commercial Bank, NW Tennessee Workforce Board, TCAT Newbern, and Obion County Schools met to discuss the implementation of the Work Ethics Certificate program in Obion County Schools, and the impact it could have on employment in our area.

By Eli Dile

It has long been a common practice among economic development organizations to invest in speculative shell buildings as a business attraction tool. Spec buildings make a community more competitive in the site selection process by reducing the time and upfront costs for a company to get up and running in a new community. But spec buildings don't come without risk. Capital is tied up in construction, and there's no guarantee a company will ever buy or lease it. Plus, constructing a building without a specific industry in mind can limit the range of potential end users, as many have specific facility requirements.

UNION CITY, Tenn. - Twenty-six years after Brent Lee left Union City to go railroading, he is coming home to run his own short line.

The Union City Terminal Railroad is expected to debut in May. The line is an eight-mile stub of the former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad main line between Union City and Rives, Tenn., where it connects to the Canadian National (former Illinois Central) main line.

"I was born and raised in Union City," Lee says. "I always had the idea if I ever wanted to short line something, it would be that line."

Lee says he spent 24 of his 26 years with the Burlington Northern and BNSF Railway in track maintenance and train service.

We had a wonderful Business After Hours at Discovery Park of America celebrating their newest traveling exhibit! We had a wonderful turnout and encourage everyone to take advantage of it until September!

"Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones is a traveling exhibition organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, Tennessee. The exhibition project was made possible through an educational grant from the Alcoa Foundation to highlight Tennessee's manufacturing story - past, present, and future. The grant was awarded in honor of Alcoa Tennessee Operations 100th Anniversary and the announcement of its automotive expansion project on May 2, 2013.

Union City, Tenn.-Ground was broken for the $37M expansion of the Williams Sausage Co. in Union City.

To be located in the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Park, the 180,000-square foot building will house a frozen and refrigeration warehouse and distribution center, including sandwich assembly and packaging.

State and local dignitaries were on hand for today's ceremonies, including Blake Swaggert, Regional Director of State Economic and Community Development and representatives of Senator Bob Corker's office and the USDA and TVA.

Tim Climer has been hired as President/CEO of the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce. Climer will begin his role with the Chamber on July 17. Climer previously served as the Executive Director of the Tate County (Miss.) Economic Development Foundation, based in Senatobia in the Memphis Metro region. During Climer's time in Tate County, which began in Jan., 2013, he secured a Calbee North America project with 254 jobs and $53 million in capital investment and an ABB project with 300 jobs and $30 million in capital investment. Climer grew up in Southaven, Miss., and is a 1986 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BBA in Management. He is also a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) and an instructor at the annual Community Development Institute in Conway, Ark. Climer has roots in the Northwest Tennessee area, as he was born in nearby Ripley, and his parents have since returned there in retirement.