MacLean Power Systems To Establish Operations In Trenton, Tn.

Manufacturer Of Critical Components For Electric Utility Grid Anticipated To Create 250 Jobs

Monday, October 29, 2012

Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development joined with company officials Monday to announce MacLean Power Systems will locate a manufacturing plant in Gibson County. This announcement represents an investment of $12 million by the company, and the Trenton project, located at 1465 Industrial Park Drive, is anticipated to create 250 jobs.

“This is exciting news for our state. MacLean Power Systems has a global presence, so this announcement speaks well for how attractive the Tennessee business climate is,” Governor Haslam said. “Trenton is in an area that will benefit greatly from these jobs, and I know the company will find hard-working Tennesseans are good, quality employees. MacLean Power Systems and Tennessee will be a strong partnership.” 

“MacLean Power Systems is another great addition to our state,” Allen Borden, ECD assistant commissioner, statewide operations, said. “Under Governor Haslam’s leadership, we continue to recruit highly-skilled, high wage jobs for our residents, and this announcement is a product of a successful economic development strategy.”

MacLean Power Systems is a leading manufacturer of products used globally by electric utilities for building transmission and distribution lines and substations. MacLean Power Systems product families include hardware, connectors, insulators, anchoring systems and a variety of protection devices. With 15 global manufacturing sites, MacLean Power Systems produces over 10,000 items.

“MacLean Power Systems is excited to locate our operations in Trenton.  We are looking forward to growing our business and creating opportunities here in west Tennessee,” Barry L. MacLean, president and CEO of MacLean-Fogg Company, said.  “The tireless efforts of the City of Trenton, the Industrial Board, Trenton Water and Light, and the State of Tennessee were major factors in our decision to locate here. The availability of ready and suitable facilities and a friendly business climate were critical to our decision.”

The facility will produce hardware and connector products and is projected to begin initial operations in the first half of 2013.

“The Board of Aldermen and I are thrilled with the new relationship between the City of Trenton and MacLean Power LLC,” Trenton Mayor Tony Burriss said. “Their presence in Trenton will change the lives of the people in Gibson County and West Tennessee.”

“I want to thank the State of Tennessee, Gibson County, the City of Trenton, Trenton Light and Water and the Greater Gibson County Chamber of Commerce for such a whole hearted effort in recruiting Maclean,” Ed Norman, L A Realty, LLC, said. “This is a perfect example of what a coordinated effort can do to change lives.”

“Being a long time customer of MacLean Power Systems, I can attest to the quality of both the company and their products,” Bret Fisher, general manager, Trenton Light & Water, said. “This move will prove to be of great benefit to both MacLean and the City of Trenton.”

MacLean Power Systems is a subsidiary of MacLean-Fogg Company.  MacLean-Fogg Company is a global enterprise with 27 global manufacturing facilities, 10 international facilities, annual sales of $900 million, and a worldwide workforce of more than 3,000 people. The MacLean-Fogg Company provides engineered metal and plastic components to the industrial, automotive, military and aerospace markets, and unique devices used in the transmission and distribution of electrical power.

For more information, visit www.macleanpower.com.  For possible employment opportunities, please contact the Tennessee Career Center at Dyersburg at 731 286-8300.


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