Archive for June, 2009

Another 230 Jobs Announced

Friday, June 26th, 2009

Gestamp Corp. to build $90M Plant.  VW Supplier to build Enterprise South Plant.

Gestamp Corp., which unveiled plans to build a $90 million plant and employ at least 230 people within three years at the Tyner site, is paying for the land, unlike Volkswagen.

Mayor Ron Littlefield said Gestamp, which will supply structural components for the new midsized sedan VW plans to build at its nearby plant, is paying about $35,000 an acre for a 49.7-acre tract, or about $1.74 million.

Gestamp’s new facility will go up near the intersection of Hickory Valley Road and Discovery Drive, close to the Hamilton County Schools offices and VW’s $1billion plant.

Trevor Hamilton, vice president of economic development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, said Gestamp is the first of the tier one suppliers to come to the area.  Tier one companies typically need to be close to an auto assembly plant because of the key parts they produce.

Mr. Hamilton said Chattanooga continues to land companies and jobs despite the challenging economic environment.  With Gestamp, Volkswagen, Chattem, Alstom, Arch Plastics, and Dixie Industries, more than 2,800 jobs have been recruited in the region, he said.

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Wacker Chemical Finds a New Home

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

The announcement Thursday that Wacker Chemical Corp. will build a $1 billion plant near the Hiwassee Industrial Park in Charleston in northern Bradley County is wonderful news for the county, the region, and the state.  It is the third $1 billion industrial investment announced in Tennessee in the past eight months and the second by a German firm in Southeast Tennessee in the same period.

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IVC US, Inc. will invest $70 million, create jobs in Dalton

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

IVCS US, Inc. US operations of the Belguim-based IVC Group, has chosen Dalton for its first US-based manufacturing operation with plans to begin production in 2011 on the longest vinyl line in the world.  The firm will invest some $70 million to construct a new 520,000 square foot facility that will produce 5,000 sheet miles of vinyl floor coverings each year.  The company will also create 115 new jobs.

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SIAG Schaaf Acquires Aerisyn, Adds 120 New Jobs

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

Tennessee and Chattanooga officials applauded the announcement by Rudiger Schaff,CEO of German-based SIAG Schaaf Industrie Aktiengesellschaft, that his company has acquired Aerisyn, a manufacturer of wind turbine towers which is located in Chattanooga.  In addition to acquiring the Aerisyn facility, SIAG Schaaf is investing $3 million and plans to create 120 new jobs.

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Charlie’s Blog – June 22

Monday, June 22nd, 2009

What you, the buying and selling public, look for when choosing an agent:

Recently, the national Association of Realtors accomplished a survey among those buying a home and those selling nationally.

Nearly three out of ten cited honesty and trustworthiness as the most important factor in choosing an agent! More than two out of ten said the reputation of an agent was an important factor. Together, these two factors of honesty/truthfulness and reputation were considered most important for half of home buyers and sellers.


Chattem Expansion Represents $35.5 million Investment

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

Chattem, Inc., a leading marketer and manufacturer of branded consumer products, has announced plans for an expansion that will represent an investment of $35.5 million in real and personal property and will create up to 70  new jobs.

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Columbus McKinnon Plans $5.5 Million Expansion

Friday, June 19th, 2009

Columbus McKinnon Corporation, a leading designer, manufacturer, and marketer of material handling products, has announced plans to invest $5.5 million to expand its Chattanooga specialty forging and assembly operations (also known as Dixie Industries).  Over the next three years, the company plans that approximately 120 jobs will be added to the current employment level, doubling the number of Dixie Industries employees in Chattanooga.

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Forbes Magazine says Technology Makes Chattanooga a Great Place for Business

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Think of textile manufacturing in the South and you may picture cotton mills in North Carolina.  In Chattanooga, Tennessee, the industry includes something very different:  ESpin Technologies, a 19-employee outfit that makes nanofibers–filaments of polyester, nylon or other polymers that are only 20 to 200 nanometers wide.   To perfect the design of a filter, ESpin got computational engineers at the Sim-Center at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga to model thousands of air-and liquid-flow variables.

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Volkswagen Group of America Announces Start of Construction for Paint Shop

Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

Volkswagen announced that construction is set to begin on the paint facility for its Chattanooga plant.  The company also announced that Walbridge has been selected as the general contractor for the $30 million facility, and will oversee construction for one of the three primary plant buildings.  This $30 million is the first major portion of the company’s $1 billion investment in the new plant.

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Chattanooga Among National Geographic’s 50Next Great Towns

Tuesday, June 16th, 2009

A change of address can bring instant gratification.  You could wake up tomorrow in Missoula and kayak off your own deck at dawn, sneak in singletrack at lunch in Chattanooga–or choose your own adventure in any one of the country’s best base camps.

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