Governor Bill Haslam joined Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and local business and political leaders Friday at the grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony of Global Green Lighting’s 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.
Prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony, Governor Haslam and Mayor Berke toured the facility with GGL President and CEO Don Lepard. The tour included a training and lighting demonstration as well as a tour of the manufacturing lines that were previously operating in China.
“I want to thank Global Green Lighting for their investment in Hixson and for bringing their offshore operations back to the U.S., creating quality jobs for Tennesseans,” Governor Haslam said. “Earlier this year we announced an international strategy to increase exports of Tennessee goods, and supporting companies like GGL that are taking their products to the worldwide market will help us in our effort to become the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“Global Green Lighting is a great example of an innovative, local manufacturing company creating real jobs in our community, as well as highlighting Chattanooga’s strong entrepreneurial spirit,” said Mayor Berke.
“Today marks a major milestone for our company,” said Mr. Lepard. “GGL has designed, developed, produced and deployed our lighting technology right here in Tennessee. We’ve honored our commitment to bring manufacturing and jobs back to the U.S., and today GGL is producing lights for Chattanooga in Chattanooga.”
City officials said 1,497 lights have been installed as of earlier this week. The installations began in May.
The city allocated $6 million for the purchase of the lights in March of 2012.
The Berke administration has $650,000 in the upcoming 2014 budget to fully implement Phase 1.
Officials said, "After Phase 1 is complete, we will analyze the performance to determine next steps."