Tennessee Ranks 1st In Automotive Manufacturing Strength For An Unprecedented 4 Consecutive Years

Friday, July 26, 2013

Business Facilities, a national economic development publication, has released its annual state Automotive Manufacturing Strength ranking. For an unprecedented fourth consecutive year, Tennessee has been named the number one state in the nation for Automotive Manufacturing Strength.

“This impressive distinction further solidifies Tennessee’s position as a global leader in automotive manufacturing strength,” Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “When internationally renowned companies like General Motors, Magneti Marelli, Nissan and Volkswagen choose to relocate and expand in our state, it extends Tennessee’s place at the top beyond the U.S. and into today’s globally competitive environment. I could not be more pleased to hear this great news.”

“With VW intent on selling at least one million vehicles in the North American market, its new Chattanooga plant is ramping up to full production,” Business Facilities Editor in Chief Jack Rogers said. “Renewed commitments from GM, Nissan’s electric-car line scaling up in Smyrna and a growing supplier network have kept Tennessee in a commanding position in our automotive strength evaluation.”

Tennessee is home to Nissan, Volkswagen and General Motors production hubs. With more than 900 auto manufacturers and suppliers statewide, Tennessee is reaping the benefits of a strategic focus on the automotive sector. In fiscal year 2012-2013, 44 automotive projects created 6,662 new jobs in Tennessee and investments totaled close to $1.1 billion. 

In June, Nissan celebrated 30 years of manufacturing at its Smyrna plant by adding more than 900 jobs to support future production of the Nissan Rogue. Nissan’s announcement marks the first time the Rogue will be produced in the U.S.

Also in June, top global automotive systems and components supplier Magneti Marelli inaugurated its new U.S. automotive lighting plant in Pulaski, Tn. The plant represented a $53.7 million investment and the creation of 800 new jobs. 


Liz Tapp Joins Widgets And Stone As Art Director

Widgets & Stone announce that Liz Tapp has joined the company as art director. Ms. Tapp has an 11-year history of print, digital and presentation design, most recently in California, where she served as a graphic designer at BAR Architects in San Francisco. She previously worked in Chicago as lead designer for Oral Health America, a national non-profit, and for Sponge Chicago, ... (click for more)

IBEW Local 175’s Barry Key Retires As Business Manager; Former Assistant Business Manager Gary Watkins Steps Into Position

After 42 years of membership in the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 175, including 12 years as an assistant business manager, and eight years as business manager/financial secretary, Barry Key formally retired on Aug. 31.  His position will now be filled by Gary Watkins, who has served as an assistant business manager since 1995. Universally acknowledged ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center May Get Bankruptcy Trustee Who Would Focus On Sale Of Fort Oglethorpe Hospital

Hutcheson Medical Center may be headed for appointment of a bankruptcy trustee, who would focus on the sale of the financially-strapped Fort Oglethorpe hospital. An attorney told a bankruptcy court judge in Rome, Ga., on Wednesday afternoon that a buyer is discussing paying over $20 million for all the assets of the community hospital. Attorney Rob Williamson ... (click for more)

Hutcheson Medical Center Unsecured Creditors Committee Asks Trustee Be Appointed For Fort Oglethorpe Hospital; Asks Bankruptcy Not Be Dismissed

The Unsecured Creditors Committee of Hutcheson Medical Center is opposing a motion by U.S. Trustee Guy Gebhardt for a bankruptcy judge to dismiss the bankruptcy for the financially-ailing Fort Oglethorpe hospital.   Instead, the group is asking Judge Paul Bonapfel to appoint a trustee to oversee the Hutcheson finances. In a 16-page motion, the committee said if the bankruptcy ... (click for more)

Who's Responsible For East Ridge's Stadium? - And Response

There just can be no excuse for East Ridge High School's stadium being in such dangerous condition that it has been condemned.   Where is responsible for this? I know there are a few other stadiums like this as well. And there is no excuse for this.  Building new and beautiful schools, state of the art technology. Top athletic facilities as well. Yet, East Ridge ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Five Straight Days Of Football

If I covered my first high school football game as a fledging sports when I was 16 years old, and I am now 66, I figure that’s darn near about a half-century of passes and punts. The mystifying part is that I still get as big of a kick hovering around the game as I did on my very first time so as we usher in the start of the college season with five straight days of games, here ... (click for more)