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. 


Church's Chicken Donates Thousands To Calhoun And Gordon County Schools

Church's Chicken presented Calhoun City Schools with a $5,200 check on Dec. 17 and W.L. Swain Elementary School with a $1,000 check, making good on a promise to donate a portion of sales to local public schools. The campaign began earlier this fall when  Church’s®  invited parents, students and families to visit the location at 1131 South Wall Street, Calhoun, GA 30701. ... (click for more)

New Hamilton County Businesses

Here are the new business licenses from the County Clerk's office: ACE TREE EXPERTS 10203 NISSI WAY SODDY DAISY, TN 37379 BURNING BUSH ENTERPRISES 9840 AUTUMN GLEN DRIVE SODDY DAISY, TN 37379 CAMERON COKER PHOTOGRAPHY 200 HANEY DR CHATTANOOGA, TN 37411 CONCRETE PUMP PARTNERS 375 WAUHATCHIE PIKE CHATTANOOGA, TN 37419 COOL SPRINGS 3808 GRACE ... (click for more)

Rite Aid Pharmacist Robbed At Gunpoint On Sunday

A Rite Aid pharmacist was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday.  At approximately 11:30 a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5441 Highway 153 for a robbery from business at the Rite Aid Pharmacy.  The suspect entered the Rite Aid, approached the pharmacy counter and presented a note to the pharmacist.  The suspect then brandished a handgun, demanded ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 10 Tasks For This Week

In 1993 a 95-year-old man named William Snell created a list called “Life’s Little Instructions.” His list has swirled around in the Internet ever since and it is, indeed, a delightful checklist to keep us focused in the right direction. Curiously, when I read over it this past weekend, it dawned on me that if each of us would try to accomplish just 10 items on Mr. Snell’s list ... (click for more)