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Haslam Administration Launches New Jobs Database

Press Release from Gov. Bill Haslam; May 14, 2012: 

Jobs4TN Online Brings Self-Service Functions to Job Seekers, Employers

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Karla Davis today announced a new jobs database to help connect job seekers with Tennessee employers.

Jobs4TN Online is a virtual recruiter, automatically notifying job seekers when jobs they may qualify for are posted and notifying employers when candidates who fit their needs register.

The online database contains positions from job orders placed directly by Tennessee employers, from corporate Internet sites, and from major job search engines. Jobs4TN Online also identifies available green jobs.

“The unemployment rate for Tennessee is at its lowest since November 2008 and has fallen below the national rate, but it is still too high,” Haslam said. The governor committed to developing a new jobs database during his gubernatorial campaign. “With Jobs4TN Online, those without a job will have quicker and better access to job openings related to their skills, and as we work to make Tennessee an even better place to expand and start a business, we want to help employers find the employees they need.”

Jobs4TN Online makes available labor market information, including demand occupations, education requirements and salaries for positions, labor force projections, and training program graduates. Information can be tailored to focus on specific communities, metro statistical areas or statewide. Employers and job seekers are encouraged to log in to Jobs4TN Online at www.jobs4tn.gov.

“This system is much more than a traditional job search engine,” Davis said. “Jobs4TN Online offers extensive information for interviews, lists of local training providers, and the capability to create and send resumes.”

The state’s previous job search site, the Source, included job orders received by Tennessee Career Centers and jobs listed by Fortune 500 companies. Jobs4TN Online uses a more robust search that provides first-run jobs from newspapers, government sites and private job boards, and the amount of jobs listed in Tennessee has gone from 30,000 to more than 85,000.

Jobs4TN Online can be accessed anywhere with a computer and Internet access. Tennessee Career Centers across the state have free computer resource rooms with guidance on job searching. For anyone not comfortable with using a computer, referrals can be provided in person at the center once they have registered for services. To find the nearest Tennessee Career Center visit http://www.tn.gov/labor-wfd/cc/cccounty.shtml.

Also, Tennessee Career Coaches are another available resource. They are mobile career centers with computer workstations and access to the Internet anywhere by satellite. Three mobile units operate in east, west, and middle Tennessee to provide job searching resources to those attending job events or to those that don’t have access to the Internet. The Career Coaches’ schedules can be found at http://www.getonthecoach.tn.gov/.

 

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SSM Industries to Expand in Spring City

State of Tennessee Press Release, July 28, 2011:

Company to Invest $3 Million, Create Additional Jobs in Spring City

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with local Rhea County officials to announce a $3 million expansion of SSM Industries in Spring City, Tenn. The expansion will add an additional 45,000 square feet to the company’s manufacturing facility and create 13 new jobs initially, with plans to expand to a projected 25 employees.

“SSM Industries has a long-standing reputation as a Tennessee company that builds strong relationships with its employees and is a good place to work,” said Governor Haslam. “I congratulate SSM Industries on their success and thank them for their continued support in our state and the additional jobs created in Spring City.”

“Under Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN plan, we have intensified our economic development efforts surrounding existing Tennessee companies, as they are by far the major job creators in the state and the driving force behind growing our economy,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “SSM Industries expansion is evidence of this, and we are grateful to our local partners for making this project happen.”

SSM Industries is a textile manufacturing company specializing in the development and manufacture of flame resistant, cut resistant and thermal fabrics. SSM fabrics are used by the United States military as well as in industries such as fire and rescue, auto racing and gas and electric utility. This expansion will enable SSM Industries to create specialized yarns to enhance its offering of highly technical protective fabrics.

“This expansion will take SSM Industries to the next level in the textile manufacturing industry, and we are excited about the opportunities this expansion will allow us,” said Phil Chandler, SSM Industries vice president of development. “I am grateful for the continued support from state and local officials and look forward to growing our company in Spring City.”

“I am glad to see SSM Industries, a long-standing industry in Spring City, has chosen to reinvest in Spring City,” said Spring City Mayor Mary Sue Garrison.

“I am pleased SSM Industries is expanding and creating jobs,” said Raymond Walker, Rhea Economic & Tourism Council director.

“I am glad to see everyone working together to bring much needed jobs to Rhea County,” said George Thacker, Rhea County executive.

Founded in 1982 by Bill Hilleary, SSM Industries currently employs 90 people and is located at 211 Ellis Avenue.