Renfro Corporation To Renovate Legwear Facility In Cleveland

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Renfro Corporation officials on Thursday announced the company will renovate its Cleveland manufacturing facility. The renovation, necessitated by the addition of a new product line, represents an investment of $17.5 million in equipment and construction costs and the creation of 168 jobs over five years by the leading socks and legwear manufacturer. The renovation and job creation is scheduled to be completed by January 2016. The announcement was made along with Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty.

“I want to congratulate Renfro on this expansion and thank them for their additional investment that will bring new opportunities for Tennesseans,” Governor Haslam said. “We placed a renewed focus on helping existing Tennessee businesses like Renfro expand in our Jobs4TN economic development strategy, and this announcement helps us in our efforts to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“When a global company like Renfro chooses to expand in Tennessee, it sends a strong message about our state’s business-friendly climate,” Commisioner Hagerty said. “With one of the best balance sheets in the entire country, Tennessee has once again shown it is a solid choice in an often uncertain world economy.  I congratulate Renfro on its expansion in Cleveland and appreciate the company’s investment in our state and its citizens.”

A global leader in the design, manufacture, marketing and selling of legwear products, Renfro is the licensee for leading brands including Fruit of the Loom, Dr. Scholl’s, Ralph Lauren/Lauren Polo, Copper Sole, Wrangler, Sperry, Russell, Jerzees, Spalding, Bike and Carhartt.  The company owns leading fashion brands K. Bell and Hot Sox. 

“Renfro has been a corporate citizen of Cleveland for seven years and today’s announcement is exciting because it marks a new chapter for Renfro and the community.  We are grateful to the state of Tennessee and the city of Cleveland for the encouragement we have received to renovate, innovate and create new jobs,” Andrew L. “Bud” Kilby Jr., CEO and president of Renfro, said.

The increase of both current and new product lines has driven the company’s need to renovate current space in the Cleveland facility and lease some additional distribution square footage in a facility adjacent to the Michigan Avenue plant.

Headquartered in Mount Airy, N.C., Renfro has manufacturing and distribution facilities in the U.S., India, China, Pakistan, Canada and Mexico with sales offices in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, The Netherlands, India and China.

“The Cleveland City Council and I extend a heartfelt thank you to the management of Renfro Manufacturing for their decision to expand production in our community,” Cleveland Mayor Tom Rowland said.  “Our community’s first priority is to create an environment that allows the existing industry base to flourish and the fact a member of the hosiery industry has chosen to reinvest here is a great testament to the quality of the workforce and the business environment we have all worked diligently to establish and maintain.” 

“Bradley County is very fortunate to have a broad industrial base and an economic climate that encourages existing industries to grow,” Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis said.  “Thanks to companies such as Renfro Industries, Bradley County has seen 875 new full time jobs created since September 1, 2010. It is encouraging to know that Renfro and several other industries here agree that expanding in Bradley County is a good investment.”

“The Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce applauds Renfro’s decision to modernize and expand their operations  in Bradley County,” Lisa Pickel, director of Existing Industry for the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce, said.  “The company is a vital member of our manufacturing community that provides over 250 jobs to our local residents and their decision to reinvest in the facility demonstrates once again that Bradley County and southeast Tennessee are a great place to do business. Most importantly, it once again shows the world this region provides a world-class workforce that is up to any challenge and worthy of anyone’s consideration.”

Persons interested in applying for the new manufacturing positions should apply in person at the Athens Career Center or online at www.tennessee.gov and click on the link for job openings.



Perdue Sees Dangerous Fiscal Trend Continue

Senator David Perdue (R-GA), a member of the Senate Budget Committee, released the following statement in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) update to The Budget and Economic Outlook: 2016 to 2026. “Reading these CBO economic outlook reports remind me of the movie  Groundhog Day . Each new report paints the same alarming picture for our fiscal future, ... (click for more)

Supreme Court Upholds Denial Of Pretrial Diversion Applications

The Tennessee Supreme Court has upheld the denial of pretrial diversion in two cases, which were consolidated for oral argument. In these appeals, the Supreme Court reiterated the process district attorneys general, trial courts, and appellate courts must follow when reviewing a prosecutor’s denial of pretrial diversion.  In one appeal, Susan Gail Stephens was indicted for ... (click for more)

Federal Judge Orders Walker County To Pay Erlanger $8,705,000, Plus Interest; Question Of Attorney Fees And Expenses To Go To Jury

Federal Judge Harold Murphy, in a 63-page ruling handed down Tuesday, ordered Walker County, Ga., to pay the Erlanger Health System $8,705,000, plus interest, on the Hutcheson Hospital debt. Judge Murphy, of Rome, Ga., said the question of attorney fees and expenses owed Erlanger by Walker County should be decided by a jury trial. Walker County and Catoosa County earlier agreed ... (click for more)

Pinkston Says Offer Was Made To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Him If Prosecution Of Detective Burns Was Dropped; Judge Greenholtz "Greatly Bothered" By Any Such Offer

District Attorney Neal Pinkston said at a hearing Tuesday that an offer was made to drop a lawsuit filed against him by Gatlinburg detective Rodney Burns if he would dismiss two perjury counts against Burns. The district attorney said he should not be disqualified from continuing to prosecute the case or else attorneys would begin suing him or the judge to get a new DA or trial ... (click for more)

Problems With The Proposed Apartments In Lookout Valley

I am deeply troubled at the way in which this proposal has been handled. The blatant disregard for the residents of Kelly's Ferry Road and the wishes of the Lookout Valley Area Plan (which was adopted by the city in 2003) by Chip Henderson and Tommy Austin amazes me. Yes, there was a meeting of the Lookout Valley Neighborhood association in August, but it wasn't on its normal ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Ooltewah & The Bullies

During the week of Christmas I got an email from a longtime friend at the Knoxville News-Sentinel that laughingly wondered what kind of basketball do you people play (in Chattanooga?) It included sketchy details of the rape, and subsequent surgery, of an Ooltewah High School basketball player who had been assaulted by his own teammates at a Gatlinburg holiday tournament. Today ... (click for more)