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Gibbons Tours Sharp Manufacturing Plant; Focuses On Jobs Of Future

Press Release from Bill Gibbons for Governor, March 17, 2010:

Memphis, TN – Shelby County District Attorney General Bill Gibbons today re-enforced his pledge to focus on job creation, once he is elected governor. Gibbons toured Sharp Manufacturing Plant in Memphis to learn more about this leader in the production of solar panels, and to get feedback on how the next governor can help secure new and existing industry in Tennessee.

“As governor, I’ll make creating jobs a top priority. I also want to focus on jobs of the future, such as those in the solar industry. Sharp Manufacturing is an outstanding example of a Tennessee business that leads the world in this field. In the last year, Sharp has tripled the number of solar panels it produces and has increased employment from approximately 500 workers to about 800. This is the kind of growth we need to see throughout Tennessee, ” Gibbons said.

General Gibbons also reiterated the need to properly market Tennessee as a place to do business.

“I believe that the keys to keeping and attracting businesses like Sharp are to keep taxes low, offer incentive packages on a cost/analysis basis and to make sure that we have a workforce in Tennessee trained to do the jobs local industry needs. I want to make sure these things happen,” Gibbons added.

Bill Gibbons, a Republican, is the Shelby County District Attorney General, serving as the top state law enforcement official in Tennessee’s largest jurisdiction. He entered the governor’s race on January 4, 2009. For more information on Bill Gibbons, visit his campaign website at

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