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Hagerty, Haslam Welcome Marathon Heater to Haywood County

State of Tennessee Press Release; Sept. 23, 2011: 

Manufacturer to Invest $1 Million, Create 60 Jobs over Three Years

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with local officials in welcoming Marathon Heater, Inc. to Brownville, Tenn. The company’s $1 million investment will create 60 jobs during the next three years. Marathon Heater is a leading manufacturer of industrial-grade heating elements and temperature sensors.

“I’m happy to welcome Marathon Heater, Inc., to Brownsville and to Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Marathon’s decision to locate in Haywood County is an example of the results we continue to see with our Jobs4TN economic development plan, and I appreciate the company’s investment in our state as we work to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Under Governor Haslam’s leadership, we have continued to hone our recruitment efforts and create a business-friendly environment for companies to locate,” Hagerty said. “Marathon Heater’s new Brownsville location is the result of a successful partnership between the state, local officials and the company.”

Texas-based Marathon specializes in custom designed and manufactured industrial products, such as industrial cartridge heaters, industrial silicone rubber heaters, industrial nozzle heaters and industrial air heaters. The company also manufactures the band heaters, ceramic heaters, mica heaters and air heaters.

“We are excited to be expanding our presence into Tennessee,” said Mike Wrob, president, Marathon Heater, Inc. “The expansion into this new market presents a wealth of new opportunities for our company and is indicative of further success for our future.”

“We are excited to add Marathon Heater to the list of Brownsville companies. I know they will be a great corporate citizen and look forward to a successful relationship between Marathon and our community,” Haywood County Mayor Franklin Smith said.

Brownsville City Mayor Jo Matherne welcomed the announcement, and said, “We are so pleased that Marathon Heater made the decision to locate here. Their commitment to Brownsville has enabled us to create 60 new jobs as they expand their production here in Tennessee. We look forward to a long and mutually beneficial association with them.”

The company has begun hiring for production positions at the Brownsville facility. To inquire, please call (830) 775-1417 or visit http://www.marathonheater.com/english/careers.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.

About Marathon Heater, Inc.

Marathon Heater, Inc. was founded in 1996, with 3 employees and one product, cartridge heaters. Our commitment to customer service and engineering support has brought rapid growth. In 2002 we were selected by Inc. magazine as one of the 500 fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. Marathon currently has 2 manufacturing locations, our 40,000 square foot headquarters in Del Rio, TX and a 12,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Udaipur, India to service our eastern hemisphere customers. The Texas location employs 110. The company was selected to the Inc. 5000 list in 2011.

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Bradley Steps Down As Budget Director

State of Tennessee Press Release; Sept. 21, 2011:

Veteran Director Bill Bradley Moves to Senior Role

NASHVILLE – After three decades of helping manage state finances, budget office director Bill Bradley is moving into a senior advisory role in the budget division, a move he requested for personal reasons. Bradley, 64, has been head of the state budget division in the department of Finance and Administration for the past 14 years, which included some of the most difficult economic years in Tennessee history.

“I want to devote more time and energy to family,” Bradley said. “Working in Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration has been a pleasure, and I am grateful to all who have allowed me to work on the provision of services to the people of Tennessee.

“I look forward to continuing to work on the budget, in support of a new director and my excellent colleagues on the budget staff.”

Bradley has worked in state government for 37 years, serving as budget office director under three governors. He helped shepherd the budget and state finances through the recent long recessionary period, and became director just as an earlier economic slump began at the turn of the century.

“The citizens of Tennessee truly couldn’t ask for more from someone in this important position,” Commissioner Mark Emkes said. “He’s intricately detailed, solidly accountable, and retains financial information in unimaginable volumes. We are fortunate that he will continue to be involved in the budget process and offer more senior level insight.”

Emkes has appointed David Thurman, 45, who has been director of the office of Legislative Budget Analysis since January 2007, to succeed Bradley. He has worked in budget analysis for the General Assembly for 14 years, and began his career in 1988 as a budget analyst for the division he will now oversee in F&A.

“I’m looking forward to the opportunity to guide Tennessee’s budget, given the successful history of the state to manage its finances in a way that reflects a commitment to the citizens to spend less than we collect and look for ways to save money,” Thurman said. “I greatly appreciate being able to step into this position with the state’s budget house in order, due in large part to the leadership of Bill Bradley, but also to the competent and dedicated staff of the budget division.”

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Haslam: $5K Reward for Info on Lorenzen Wright Homicide

State of Tennessee Press Release; Sept. 19, 2011:

Haslam Announces Reward in Lorenzen Wright Homicide

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the state will issue a $5,000 reward to the person or persons providing information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of any person who committed, attempted to commit or conspired to commit the homicide of Lorenzen Wright.

Additionally, the governor announced that the state will match up to $5,000 if any other organization offers a reward for a potential total of $10,000.

Haslam offered the reward in response to requests made by Shelby County District Attorney General Amy Weirich and Memphis Mayor A. C. Wharton.

“It is my hope that this reward leads to information about who committed this crime,” Haslam said. “Lorenzen Wright’s family has been through a lot, and they deserve answers.”

Tennessee Code Section 40-8-101 authorizes the Governor to offer a reward for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of person involved in certain criminal activity.

Wright’s body was discovered on July 28, 2010 in southeast Shelby County. He played college basketball at the University of Memphis and was a former NBA player who played for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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Knoxville-Based TeamHealth Expanding in Alcoa

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Sept. 16, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Blount County officials today joined with representatives from TeamHealth to announce plans by the company to expand its corporate operations by leasing a new facility to be constructed at Base Pointe Business Park in Alcoa, Tenn. The project developers will invest nearly $18 million and create 160 full-time jobs, with the anticipation of growing to 550 jobs in management, accounting, medical coding, billing and clerical.

“I appreciate TeamHealth’s commitment to and investment in Blount County,” Haslam said. “We will continue to focus on creating a business climate that gives companies the confidence to invest and create jobs as we work toward becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Under Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN plan, our department is committed to helping existing Tennessee businesses expand and remain competitive in our state,” Hagerty said. “This investment represents the types of high-skilled jobs that Tennessee needs to grow our economy.”

Founded in 1979, TeamHealth is headquartered in Knoxville, Tenn. Through its six principal service lines located in 13 regional sites, TeamHealth’s more than 6,600 affiliated healthcare professionals provide emergency medicine, anesthesiology, hospital medicine, and pediatric staffing and management services to more than 700 civilian and military hospitals, clinics and physician groups in 45 states. TeamHealth has provided the emergency department physician services at Blount Memorial Hospital for 25 years.

“Expansions like these are only made possible through the coordination and cooperation among many on the state and local levels, including Bryan Daniels, Mayors Ed Mitchell and Don Mull, and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development,” Joe Carman, chief administrative officer, TeamHealth. “We are happy to keep our business in Blount County and hope to continue to help Blount County grow as a solid place to work and live.”

The new facility will be the company’s second facility in Alcoa, with the first housing 400 employees. Blount County has committed to improving the roadways on Topside Road and Wrights Ferry Road just off the Pellissippi Parkway (Exit 9 on I-140) to accommodate increased traffic flow.

“The Blount Partnership is excited about this fantastic opportunity for Blount County and the Innovation Valley Region,” Bryan Daniels, president and CEO, Blount Partnership, said. “The past 12 months have been a very prosperous time for our community’s economic development programs with $100 million in new capital investments to go along with 960 announced jobs. These achievements would not be possible without the support of Blount County government, the City of Alcoa, the City of Maryville, the volunteers in the Blount Partnership’s Boards and the regional support of the Innovation Valley partners.”

“Having an organization like TeamHealth choose to expand in this area really speaks to the quality of life for its employees and our solid business community,” City of Alcoa Mayor Don Mull said. “We appreciate the hard work of the Blount Partnership to pull all the parts together to make this expansion occur.”

“This is a substantial commitment by TeamHealth, and we are happy that it has decided to continue to make Alcoa its home,” said Dr. Matt Murray, chair, Economic Development Board of Blount County and the Cities of Alcoa and Maryville. “With their retention, it only lends credence to the knowledge that Blount County is a solid place for continued development.”

“We are really thrilled about this expansion effort by TeamHealth, and its commitment to this community with continued job growth,” said Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell. “The economic impact will be felt for years to come and can only open the door for similar entities to consider this thriving area.”

“We’d like to thank our local government leaders for lending their support and doing the things to make this project happen,” said Greg Wilson, chair, Blount County Chamber of Commerce. “I would also like to thank TeamHealth for its continued backing of the local economy and choosing to stay in Blount County.”

Initial hiring and construction on the 25,000 square foot building is set to begin this Fall and is anticipated to be completed in the first quarter of 2012.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.

About Blount Partnership

The Blount Partnership is the key economic development agency for Blount County. It represents four advancement entities for the community: Blount Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Board of Blount County and the cities of Alcoa and Maryville, Smoky Mountain Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and the Chamber Foundation. The Partnership operates two facilities in Maryville and Townsend, Tenn., which are led by a CEO and supporting staff to accomplish all the programming needs for each agency’s board of directors. With 45 years of service, the Blount Partnership is used by the State of Tennessee as a benchmark for combining community resources and programming to support a shared economic development goal.

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Haslam Names Lottery Board Member

Press Release from Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, September 7, 2011:

Native Memphian to fill post

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced his appointment of Craig Powers to the Tennessee Lottery board of directors.

“Craig brings a great combination of business sense and a passion for education to the Tennessee Lottery board of directors,” Haslam said. “The lottery provides students across the state with valuable scholarship dollars to further their education, and I appreciate Craig’s willingness to serve in this important role.”

Powers, 38, serves as the manager of the natural gas construction and maintenance division of the Memphis Light, Gas and Water Utility Service. He has served as an adjunct professor of Southwest Tennessee Community College for the past decade, and he is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, American Public Gas Association and Southern Gas Association.

“I believe education can change a person’s course in life, and HOPE scholarships have helped thousands of Tennessee students tap into money for higher education to help them achieve their dreams,” Powers said. “It is an honor to be part of the process to help students and Tennessee businesses relying on an educated workforce.”

Powers, a Memphis native, graduated from the University of Tennessee with a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering and a minor in business administration. He and his wife, Nisha, live in Cordova.

The Tennessee Lottery was created in 2003 and generated $10.8 million in ticket sales on its first day of business on January 20, 2004. In May, 2011 the Tennessee Lottery announced it had raised more than $2 billion for education.

 

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Feds Funding TN ‘Civil War Driving Trail’: $819K

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Sept. 7, 2011:

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined state and local officials today to announce the award of an $818,880 transportation enhancement grant to the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development for Phase III of the Civil War Driving Trail.

The Civil War Driving Trail is a multi-phased program that has established a statewide network of directional and historical signage to be used in conjunction with the Tennessee Civil War map/guide and applicable map/guides developed by individual localities.

“Tennessee has many unique experiences and sites to offer visitors, and as we try to maximize a visitor’s time in the state, this program creates a more easily accessible, user-friendly system for travelers to follow as they explore sites and transportation corridors associated with the Civil War,” Haslam said. “The program encourages partnerships between state agencies and local communities and enhances local communities for the benefit of citizens and visitors alike.”

The grant is made possible through a federally funded program administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

“Through Transportation Enhancement grants, TDOT has funded more than $259 million in non-traditional transportation projects,” said TDOT Commissioner John Schroer. “Established by Congress in the early 1990’s, the program supports activities designed to strengthen the cultural, aesthetic and environmental aspects of the nation’s transportation system.”

The Tennessee Civil War Trails program is both a freestanding, statewide program and a part of the existing 700-site, three-state Civil War Trails program which has been developed through similar grant funding. The project will encourage and reward local governments and private sector participants that establish, promote and maintain the program in their areas.

 

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Dreyzehner Named New State Health Commissioner

Press Release from the Office of Governor Bill Haslam, Sept. 2, 2011:

Appointee brings broad experience as physician and public health practitioner to state government

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Dr. John Dreyzehner will join the administration to lead the Tennessee Department of Health. He will replace Susan Cooper, who after fulfilling her commitment to assist with the transition and the first legislative session has decided to pursue other opportunities.

“I am thankful Susan served the people of Tennessee as part of this administration,” Haslam said. “She is a passionate advocate for a healthier Tennessee, and we will continue to focus on initiatives that encourage our citizens to make positive choices to exercise and eat well. I have enjoyed working with her and wish her the best.”

“When I came to the state in 2005 from Vanderbilt University School of Nursing to develop the safety net, I had no idea that I would have the honor and privilege to serve as Commissioner of Health under two exceptional, health-focused governors, Bill Haslam and Phil Bredesen,” said Cooper, who has been commissioner since 2007. “I want to thank both governors for the opportunity to serve and their support of policies and programs that improve the health of Tennesseans.

“It is especially fulfilling to see that the hard work of the department, our partners and Tennesseans has resulted in remarkable and measurable gains in the health and quality of life of our residents,” Cooper continued. “It is infrequent that states see this level of improvement in such a short period of time. I am proud of and want to thank the employees of the department, our partners and all Tennesseans for making a commitment to better health. I wish Dr. Dreyzehner the best and will work with him to ensure a smooth transition.”

Dreyzehner, 48, currently serves as director of the Cumberland Plateau Health District in Southwest Virginia. During his nine years in that role, he also spent two years serving as acting director of the Lenowisco Health District. Dreyzehner began his medical career as a United States Air Force flight surgeon, and prior to returning to public service with the Virginia Department of Health, he practiced occupational medicine as director of the Blue Ridge Occupational Health Clinic in Lebanon, Va.

“I am pleased that John has agreed to join our team,” Haslam said. “He brings a wealth of experience to the position from his service in the Air Force to his work as a public health official in Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee. I look forward to working with him and appreciate his willingness to serve the citizens of Tennessee.”

“I am honored and excited to be a part of Governor Haslam’s administration,” Dreyzehner said. “It has been my privilege to work with dedicated Tennessee Department of Health professionals for years in Northeast Tennessee. I know we have a lot of work to do in tackling the significant health challenges Tennesseans face, and I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work.”

Dreyzehner served the Air Force as Chief of Aeromedical Assessment in the Office of the Command Surgeon at Langley Air Force Base, Chief of Flight Medicine in the 1st Medical Group of the 1st Fighter Wing, and as flight surgeon for the 94th Fighter Squadron. In addition to his occupational medicine and public health practice, he has also practiced in the field of addiction medicine.

He currently serves on the Appalachian Regional Commission’s Health Policy Advisory Committee, as vice chair of the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, chairman of the board of One Care, Inc., chairman of the Mountain Empire Public Health Emergency Coordination Council, chair of the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Master of Public Health Advisory Committee and co-chair of the Appalachian Substance Abuse Coalition.

Dreyzehner graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. He received his medical degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago and his master of public health degree at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he completed his occupational medicine residency.

Dreyzehner is adjunct faculty at East Tennessee State University College of Public Health, founding faculty of the Healthy Appalachia Institute and visiting assistant professor at the University of Virginia. He is also a fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

He and his wife, Jana, a child psychiatrist, have two sons and live in Abingdon, Va.

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Maury County Getting Second Sekisui Plastics Facility

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Aug. 31, 2011:

Japan-based Company to Invest $3 Million, Create 25 New Jobs Over Four Years

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty recently joined with Sekisui Plastics officials to announce the company’s decision to locate a second manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant, Tenn. The Japan-based company will invest $3 million and create 25 new jobs over a four year period.

“We continue to focus on helping existing Tennessee businesses expand and remain competitive in our state as part of our Jobs4TN plan, and we appreciate Sekisui Plastics’ commitment to and investment in Maury County,” Haslam said.

“Sekisui Plastics’ expansion in Mt. Pleasant is a testament to the state’s economic development efforts to both recruit new companies and serve our existing businesses,” Hagerty said. “Our department is committed to reaching Governor Haslam’s goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

The company’s new custom molding facility in Mt. Pleasant will produce foamed plastics primarily used in automotive safety components. Established in 1959 and headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Sekisui Plastics produces foamed plastics for the transportation, electrical appliance and information technology industries.

“After years of success with our Mt. Pleasant facility and with the available, qualified workforce in Maury County, it was an easy decision to expand Sekisui Plastics in Mt. Pleasant,” Robert Voytko, vice president of operations control, Sekisui Plastics, said. “We look forward to continually growing in Tennessee.”

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.

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Memphis Expansion of Kruger Announced

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Aug. 19, 2011:

Company to Invest $316 Million, Create 100 New Jobs in Memphis

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Shelby County officials today joined with representatives from Kruger to announce plans by the company to expand its existing Memphis mill. The company will invest $316 million to implement state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, thereby increasing its production capacity by 18 percent. The expansion will create 100 direct jobs in Memphis, as well as protect 2,400 existing jobs in the company’s facilities in both the U.S. and Canada.

“Established Tennessee companies such as Kruger provide a solid foundation on which our state’s economy will continue to grow,” Haslam said. “I congratulate Kruger on their success and thank them for the additional 100 jobs created in Memphis.”

“As part of Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN plan, my department has renewed its focus on existing industries, as they are by far the major job creators in the state,” Hagerty said. “This is evident by Kruger’s decision to expand right where they are. I appreciate the company’s continued confidence in Tennessee’s workforce and in our state.”

“The proximity of our Memphis Mill to growing U.S. markets will further strengthen our competitive position in North America,” Mario Gosselin, chief operating officer, Kruger Products L.P, said. “We had many supporters who recognized from the very start the potential of this project in terms of job creation and future growth for the benefit of the Memphis community.”

The project involves the construction of a new building and the purchase of a new tissue machine, as well as converting and handling equipment. The existing mill is located at 400 Mahannah Avenue.

“We’re overjoyed that Kruger has chosen to expand its operations in the heart of Memphis,” Mayor A C Wharton, Jr., said. “The project is yet another example of economic revitalization in Memphis’ core city at a time when that’s not necessarily happening in other cities. The investment they will make in their property goes hand-in-hand with the city’s major investments in the Uptown North and Downtown areas. Ultimately, it will create a strong anchor for the neighborhood and, with the jobs that it brings, a powerful driver for both the state and local economies.”

“This is great news for every person who lives and works in Shelby County,” Shelby County Mayor Mark H. Luttrell, Jr. said. “Kruger’s decision to expand operations is vital to the success of our community. It also shows how much can be accomplished through the collaboration of government agencies and the chamber of commerce.”

“After five years of working with Kruger USA, we are extremely pleased that they chose Memphis for this large investment,” Mark Herbison, sr. vice president of Economic Development, Greater Memphis Chamber, said. “This is another successful example of our community’s economic development strategy and plan, MemphisED. Under this coordinated effort, both private and public sectors have worked tirelessly to bring new manufacturing jobs to Memphis.”

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.

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Quaprotek Opening Ripley Facility

Press Release from the State of Tennessee, Aug. 17, 2011:

Auto Supplier to Invest $22 Million, Create 126 New Jobs Over Five Years

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with Lauderdale County officials in announcing the decision by Quaprotek USA to locate a manufacturing facility for the production of metal parts for vehicles, engines and power trains in Ripley, Tenn. The German-based company will invest $22 million to fit out a 63,000 square foot existing building on Highland Street in Ripley, creating 126 jobs over a five year period to supply leading manufacturers within the automotive industry.

“We appreciate Quaprotek USA’s investment in Tennessee and in Lauderdale County,” Haslam said. “This company is known for incorporating high technology into a high volume business, and the opportunities they will create line up well with our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Quaprotek’s decision tells us that Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN strategy is striking the right balance between serving Tennessee’s existing business and aggressively recruiting new companies to our state,” Hagerty said. “We’re focused on creating a business climate that gives companies the confidence to invest and create jobs.”

“I’m very pleased with our company’s decision to make Tennessee our newest home,” Klaus Kielwein, general manager, Quaprotek Group, said. “Our company’s name stems from its commitment to quality, productivity and technology, and I’m convinced our Ripley location will become an important asset in meeting the needs of our customers.”

Kielwein says Quaprotek will begin by occupying temporary space in the Volz Road building in Ripley, and the majority of its hiring will occur in the second half of 2012. Interested applicants can contact the Tennessee Career Center on Lake Drive in Ripley for more information, and applicants interested in production positions can receive prior qualification through the Tennessee Technology Center in Covington.

“The City of Ripley is very pleased that Quaprotek has chosen our city to locate its automotive parts manufacturing operations,” Ripley Mayor Jon Pavletic said. “This type of industry not only brings new jobs and expands the local tax base but creates a sense of excitement in our community that our citizens strive to achieve. Quaprotek realized that not only can they be successful and profitable in Ripley, but they also saw the energy in our quality of life.”

“We are pleased to know that Quaprotek has reviewed the local and regional attributes of our area and has chosen to locate its manufacturing operations in Lauderdale County,” Lauderdale County Mayor Rod Schuh said. “Quaprotek realized our outstanding labor force, infrastructure and overall pro-business environment will help them achieve success in the county. I couldn’t be happier at how the state and our communities worked together to make this happen.”

Hagerty also expressed thanks to the German-American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S. for its work in facilitating the site selection process for Quaprotek.

“The economic and cultural ties between Germany and the state of Tennessee continue to grow,” Thomas Schwegmann, director of consulting services, German American Chamber of Commerce of the Southern U.S., Inc., said. “We’re grateful for being able to play a role in that success.”

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.