Success Stories

Nippon Paint: Brownfield Redevelopment made Possible by Community Partnerships

Then mayor, Andy Berke said, “East Chattanooga is rising. We’re going to use economic development to drive community development in a way that will benefit everyone.” As a result of a unique partnership between East Chattanooga and the City of Chattanooga, Nippon Paint (USA) INC. (Nippon Paint) announced its decision to locate on the former housing development. . Learn More 

McKee Foods Expansion

McKee Foods, maker of Little Debbie snack cakes and cookies, is an integral part of Hamilton County’s existing business network. McKee Foods is more than a manufacturer of nostalgic childhood snacks, they’re a top employer in Hamilton County. Learn More

Gestamp's Got Talent

  Apprenticeship programs have increasingly played a role in growing the region’s workforce. Gestamp, an international manufacturer of automotive parts, worked with Hamilton County Schools to develop a high school apprenticeship program. Learn More

Shining Moments: Hanwha Q CELLS Locates in Whitfield County 

  The region's advanced manufacturing sector continues its technological evolution that has led to the emergence of a burgeoning solar power sector. South Korea-based Hanwha Q CELLS opened a $150 million solar panel manufacturing facility in Dalton, Georgia, in 2019, with the promise of 500 jobs for workers who manufacture high-performance photovoltaic modules used on rooftops and the ground throughout the global market. Learn More

Why GE Appliances Chose Murray County for $32 Million Investment 

  In an effort to become the leading appliance manufacturer in the United States, General Electric Appliances chose Murray County as the site of their new $32 million logistics center. The Southern Logistics Center will serve nine U.S. plants and create between 100 and 110 jobs. GE Appliances, a Haier company, is committed to creating, “good things, for life.” Learn More

Going the Distance: How Rhea County Landed Nokian Tyres' First North American Plant

Nokian Tyres, a Finland-based tire company, announced plans in 2017 to invest $360 million to build its first North American plant in Rhea County, Tennessee. Learn More

Why Engineered Floors Chose Whitfield County for the World's Largest Carpet Plant 

Strong infrastructure and a qualified workforce combined to provide an ideal location for the company's new, 1.9 million square foot operation in Dalton, Ga. The $350 million facility employs roughly 1,000 workers in a range of roles. Learn More

How Dade County’s Workforce and Low Cost of Doing Business Wooed Vanguard Trailer

Proximity to customers, availability of a talented workforce and the support of the local and state governments led to Vanguard Trailer's decision to locate in Trenton, Ga. The site chosen by Vanguard received the state’s GRAD certification, which takes care of all due diligence typically required before a property purchase, thereby allowing the company to move from site selection to development quickly. The $36 million, 350,000- square-foot manufacturing facility will employ 400 and produce 10,000 semi-trailers annually once operating at full capacity. Learn More

Why Volkswagen Chose Chattanooga for its Sole U.S. Auto Assembly Plant

The company looked at more than 300 sites, but Chattanooga quickly rose to the top because of its skilled workforce and the proven ability of local and state leadership to partner with the automaker. Volkswagen Chattanooga now directly employs more than 2,400 workers and recently announced it would hire another 1,100 as it ramps up production of a new midsized SUV at the Chattanooga facility.

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Why Wacker Chemie Chose Bradley County for its Largest-Ever Single Investment

The availability of affordable and reliable electricity provided by two Tennessee Valley Authority-operated plants, as well as the proximity of the Hiwassee River, which provides cooling water and a way to transport goods made Bradley County, Tenn. an ideal location for Wacker Chemie's $1 billion plant. In addition to the location’s resources, company officials appreciated the level of coordination, cooperation and professionalism they received from state and local officials. Learn More

How the Site of a Former Coal Plant Drew Google to Jackson County

In June 2015, Google announced Jackson County as home to its newest data center—its 14th worldwide and seventh in the United States. Google chose the former site of the Widows Creek coal plant for its $600 million investment on a 320-acre campus. The data center incorporates Google’s most advanced efficiency technologies—ultimately employing between 75 to 100 computer technicians and engineers—as well as various food services, maintenance and security roles. When completed, the data center will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy—completely transforming an old coal-powered plant into a green data center. Learn More

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