Leisure Pools To Open New Manufacturing Facility In Knox County

Global Swimming Pool Manufacturer To Invest $6.2 Million, Create 240 New Jobs

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Leisure Pools will open a new facility in Knoxville, it was announced on Wednesday. This facility, which will become the corporate headquarters for Leisure Pools in North America, will be the first for Leisure Pools in Tennessee and will service increased demand along the East Coast. Leisure Pools will invest $6.2 million and create 240 new jobs in Knox County. The announcement was made by Governor Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Leisure Pools officials.

“I want to thank Leisure Pools for their significant investment and the valuable jobs this new facility will bring to Knox County and Tennessee,” Governor Haslam said. “Leisure Pools’ decision to open a new facility and make it its North American corporate headquarters underlines Tennessee’s manufacturing strength and reinforces our goal of becoming the No 1. location in the southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee continues to prove its competitiveness in today’s global economy,” Commissioner Hagerty said. “When a highly respected international company like Leisure Pools chooses to grow in our state, it’s another example of how our ideal location, top-notch workforce and strong business climate sets us apart. Leisure Pools is a welcome addition to Tennessee, and I appreciate their investment in Knox County.”

Leisure Pools is purchasing the former Sea Ray Island Plant located at Forks of the River Industrial Park, which consists of an 80-acre facility with over 350,000 square feet of space in multiple buildings on site. This facility will enable Leisure Pools to develop the largest and most technologically innovative composite fiberglass swimming-pool manufacturing facility in the world. Leisure Pools also plans to use this location to recruit and train both new and existing dealers. Sea Ray headquarters is moving to downtown Knoxville, joining its parent company Brunswick Boat Group in the First Tennessee Building.

“As a result of continued growth, Leisure Pools undertook a nationwide search to identify a larger manufacturing site to relocate the manufacturing operations and the company’s headquarters,” Leisure Pools President David Pain said. “Knoxville was identified as the ideal location for Leisure Pools to relocate due to a highly skilled composite workforce and its excellent geographical location to a large portion of our 250+ strong dealer network in North America. Another key deciding factor was the excellent support and assistance offered by the state of Tennessee Economic and Community Development team, Knoxville Chamber of Commerce and Knox County to make this project a reality.”

“Leisure Pools announcing a new manufacturing plant in Knox County is great news,” Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. “I’m excited to see that a specialized vacant manufacturing plant in Knox County’s Forks of the River Industrial Park will soon be setting up a new operation, producing great products and providing good paychecks to our neighbors.”  

“The Innovation Valley welcomes Leisure Pools to our region. This project shows how economic development partnerships can work by the state of Tennessee, the TVA, Knox County and the Knoxville Utilities Board all working together to make it happen,” Knoxville Chamber Vice President of Economic Development Doug Lawyer said.

“TVA congratulates Leisure Pools on its decision to locate a new manufacturing facility in Knoxville,’’ TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said.  “TVA and Knoxville Utilities Board are pleased to be partners on the project team with the state of Tennessee, the Knoxville Chamber, the city of Knoxville and Knox County officials to assist companies like Leisure Pools to invest and add quality jobs for area residents.”

Leisure Pools is due to close on the Knoxville property this year and the company is currently in the hiring process. Continued recruitment for these new positions will take place over the next six months. Leisure Pools is looking to hire people with skills in fiberglass composite manufacturing, transport, accounting, sales, marketing and administration. People interested in applying can email their resumes to chipgame@leisurepoolsusa.com.

Leisure Pools currently operates a manufacturing facility in San Antonio, Tx., which supplies products to 250 dealers in the United States and Canada.


Justice Cornelia Clark Keynotes Drug Court Conference

Tennessee Supreme Court Justice Cornelia Clark was the keynote speaker at the Tennessee Association of Drug Court Professionals Conference in Chattanooga, held Wednesday through Friday.  Justice Clark noted many highlights in the last four years of the program, including the name change from drug court to recovery courts to reflect broader services being provided to meet ... (click for more)

Celebration At Speed Deluxe Sunday For Best Race Bike Award For Adam Sheard

Adam Sheard of Speed Deluxe Vintage and Bespoke Motorcycles built a BSA flat tracker motorcycle for an invitational bike build-off held by Deus Motorcycles in Venice Beach, Ca. He made the frame from chromoly and hand-formed the gas tank, oil tank, and seat pan/tail piece from sheet aluminum. The bike won Best Race Bike at the build-off, and the build process and its first time ... (click for more)

City Administrator Lurone Jennings Suspended For Misallocation Of Funds

Rev. Lurone Jennings, administrator of City Youth and Family Development, has been suspended for one week for misallocation of funds. He also is to be issued a letter of reprimand and will undergo ethics training. The action came after a critical audit report from City Auditor Stan Sewell. It says Mr. Jennings transferred $18,500 of funds to a program, Journey Educational ... (click for more)

New Walker County Commissioner Whitfield To Move Public Meetings To Evenings And To Larger Venue; Will Also Be Listening Sessions

Walker County Sole Commissioner-Elect Shannon Whitfield said there will be a new arrangement for holding of public commissioner sessions when he takes place at the start of January. Current Commissioner Bebe Heiskell has held Thursday meetings at 3:30 p.m. from time to time in a conference room at her office near the Walker County Courthouse in LaFayette. Mr. Whitfield said those ... (click for more)

Roy Couldn't Possibly Be More Wrong - And Response (4)

Spreading false information isn't only harmful, as we've been made aware recently. The spread of false information can be outright dangerous.   Calling himself a Christian and all, Roy truly disappoints on so many levels with his recently opinion piece about black students attending predominately white schools being the cause of so much problems and grief at those schools. ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Senseless Divide

If I could change one thing about the schools in Chattanooga, my wish would be that everybody could become good friends. I’m talking about the private schools versus the public schools. The rancor is so bad we hardly ever play in sports anymore and what the loathsome TSSAA has done in recent years to the out-numbered private schools is sinful. My dream would be that there would ... (click for more)