ATN Hölzel GmbH Plans To Establish Chattanooga Presence

Thursday, February 3, 2011
- photo by Brent McDonald (See Video on Channel 9)

ATN Hölzel GmbH, a German specialist in glue application and automation technology, announced plans on Wednesday to establish its U.S. presence in Chattanooga, a project that will bring a $500,000 investment and 15-20 new jobs with annual wages averaging $60,000 over a period of three years. The new facility will be located at 4701 Wilson Road, Ste. C, in Chattanooga.

ATN Hölzel GmbH develops custom-made, robotic gluing solutions for car manufacturers and solar equipment producers all over the world. In 2010, the parent company founded ATN Hölzel LP to supply products to the new Volkswagen facility in Chattanooga.

"We took this opportunity to pursue further contracts in the U.S. and were able to land several large orders" said Kay Sachsse, the gluing automation veteran responsible for the subsidiary. "As Detroit demonstrated, the U.S. car industry is following the German pattern of recovery and there is significant investment. We plan to utilize the local talent pool and the 'open for business' mindset here to grow our foothold in the U.S."

“We welcome ATN Hölzel as the newest member of Chattanooga’s business family,” said Chattanooga City Mayor Ron Littlefield. “This company is creating family-wage jobs for local residents through an enterprise which has excellent potential for additional expansion. I was particularly pleased to learn that the company will bring in veteran employees from Germany on a temporary basis to train local residents, who will then take full-responsibility for these permanent positions.”

"The decision to locate in the area was not entirely motivated by the Volkswagen project as that was engineered in Germany and almost finished by the time our client chose Chattanooga," said Benedikt Ibing, managing partner of Pegasus Partners, an Atlanta-based consultancy, which is assisting ATN Hölzel during the start-up phase.

“We’re pleased ATN Hölzel chose to locate their operations in Chattanooga and believe Hamilton County is well-positioned to support its growth,” said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger. “ATN Hölzel’s investment continues to build our reputation as an excellent point of entry for international companies with U.S. interests. We will continue to leverage that reputation to create local jobs.”

“ATN Holzel’s project demonstrates the nexus between our recent successes in attracting investments from both the automotive and energy industries,” said Trevor Hamilton, vice president of economic development for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “We now have the opportunity to market the business synergies created through significant investments by both of these sectors. This project also continues our trend of successfully attracting European investment and building on previous recruitment successes.”

For more than 12 years the ATN Hölzel GmbH has stood for innovative solutions, high quality, and local service availability in Germany and around the world. The core competencies include complete solutions for glue application, automation technology for the automotive and solar industry, as well as combined heat and power units (CHP).

Although ATN Hölzel GmbH has already hired its initial group of local employees, anyone with German language skills may apply for future opportunities through hr@atngmbh.com

- Photo2 by Brent McDonald (See video on Channel 9)

Justin Robinson State Farm Celebrates Grand Opening Feb. 2

Justin Robinson State Farm will celebrate a grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 11 a.m. at 1459 North Mack Smith Road.  The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce will co-host this event with Justin Robinson State Farm.  Mr. Robinson said he has made it his life goal to serve the East Ridge and Chattanooga community with his ... (click for more)

BlueCross Taps Lawrence As Director of Ancillary, Behavioral Contracting

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee selected Scot Lawrence as director of ancillary and behavioral health contracting. In this role, Mr. Lawrence is responsible for defining and directing state-wide contracting strategies and negotiations for ancillary providers, including lab, home health, skilled nursing, and dialysis providers, as well as behavioral health providers such ... (click for more)

2 People Shot And Killed On 12th Street After 1 Car Chases Another; 1 Vehicle Crashes Near Willow Street

Two people were shot and killed in the 2100 block of E. 12th Street on Friday night in an incident in which one vehicle was chasing another. One of the vehicles crashed, landing on another car near Willow Street. Two people in the car that wrecked were dead when officers arrived. Police said the incident happened around 8:15 p.m. Police are looking for suspects in the ... (click for more)

School Board Approves 4-Year Contract Extension With Independent Bus Drivers, Who Say They Can Handle 100 Routes; Extension Given On Custodial Contract

The county school board on Thursday night extended the contract by four years of school bus owner operators, who said they could deliver on 100 bus routes. The board delayed until a special meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Central High School the issue of whether to accept the offer of 100 contract routes. That would be handled by many of the current 49 owner operators taking ... (click for more)

Bakewell Mountain Community Thanks Commissioner Fairbanks

The residents of Bakewell Mountain want to formally thank Commissioner Randy Fairbanks for standing up for our community in protecting our property rights and families. He personally made several trips to our properties and homes to see how the proposed gun range would affect our daily lives with noise, traffic, and a decrease in property values. Sometimes the little guys need ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Lady Remembers Rex

Kevin Roden sits on the City Council in Denton, Texas (think the Dallas-Fort Worth airport area in the northeastern part of the state) and he is gearing up to run for a third term this spring. He’s already got his website up and, while the election isn’t until April, he writes on his blog every now and then. Last month he let his wife take a turn at it, which brings us to yesterday’s ... (click for more)