Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Life Sciences Sector Thrives in Tennessee

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Across the country exists a growing need for advancements in life sciences, and Tennessee is pioneering this movement.

Tennessee’s life sciences sector includes four key industry segments: biosciences logistics and distribution; medical devices and equipment; drugs and pharmaceuticals; and research, testing and medical labs.

All grand divisions in the state have seen an influx of life sciences companies choosing to grow or move here in the last few years.

There is a myriad of reasons for this trend. One being that Tennessee has a strong life sciences presence due to our universities, as well as being home to HCA, the largest health system in the U.S.,…


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce General Motors and LG Energy Solution to Invest $2.3 Billion to Build Ultium Cells Manufacturing Plant in Spring Hill

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  • Ultium Cells investment will create 1,300 new jobs.
  • Maury County facility will be the second Ultium Cells LLC battery cell manufacturing plant in the U.S..

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe today announced Ultium Cells LLC, a joint venture of LG Energy Solution and General Motors, will invest more than $2.3 billion to build its second battery cell manufacturing plant in the United States.

Located in Spring Hill, the project will create 1,300 new manufacturing jobs in Maury County.

Ultium Cells LLC will build the new 2.8-million-square-foot, state-of-the-art plant on land leased from General Motors.…


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Teknor Apex to Increase Manufacturing Operations in Brownsville

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  • International custom compound solutions provider will add new machinery, create 20 jobs
  • Company to invest more than $7 million in Haywood County manufacturing facility

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Teknor Apex officials announced today that the company will expand operations in Brownsville.

The project represents an investment of $7.4 million and the creation of 20 new jobs in Haywood County.

Teknor Apex will install new machinery to expand its scope of products being produced in Brownsville. The company currently employs approximately 620 people in Tennessee and more than 2,300 people worldwide.…


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Tyson Foods Has Expanded Its Union City Operations

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  • Tyson has invested $87.6 million and is expected to create 230 additional jobs in Union City
  • Across Tennessee, Tyson’s operations employ more than 5,500
  • This is Tyson’s second expansion in Obion County since 2017

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN) officials noted today that the food processing company has completed an expansion at its existing operations in Union City.

Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies, has invested an additional $87.6 million and is expected to create approximately 230 jobs by the end of 2020 as part of the expansion.…


Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Stonepeak Ceramics, Inc. to Expand Operations in Crossville

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Porcelain tile manufacturer to invest $70 million into expansion of Tennessee plant

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Stonepeak Ceramics, Inc. officials announced today that the company will expand and open a new production line at its Crossville facility. The total investment of $70 million will increase the factory’s capacity by 20 percent. Once complete, Stonepeak Ceramics will be the first tile manufacturer to produce large size porcelain panels in the United States. Equipped with the newest technological features, the line produces tiles ranging from 6 mm to 2 cm in thickness.…


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Choate Engineering Performance to Establish Operations in Hardeman County

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  • Engine manufacturing company to locate operations in Bolivar
  • New company plans to invest $8 million over five years 

BOLIVAR, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Choate Engineering Performance officials announced today that the company will establish new operations in Hardeman County.

Choate will invest $8 million to retrofit and make improvements to an existing 155,000-square-foot facility, located at 1033 Lake Street in Bolivar, where the company will manufacture engines and components for the automotive industry. The project will create 100 jobs over the next five years.

Hiring is currently underway. Those interested in applying for a position with Choate Engineering Performance can visit www.choateperformance.com/apply


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Valmont Industries to Expand Marion County Operations

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  • Company will create 65 new jobs over next five years
  • Jasper location supplies steel poles and structures nationwide

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Valmont Industries officials announced today that the company will expand its Jasper operations by investing $15-20 million to increase the size of its manufacturing facility.

Through the expansion, Valmont Industries will create 65 new jobs over the next five years in Marion County.

Valmont Industries’ Jasper location is part of the company’s North American infrastructure operations, which supplies steel poles and structures to utility and transportation markets nationwide.…


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Facebook to Build $800 Million Data Center in Gallatin

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  • Approximately 100 jobs will help run the facility
  • Gallatin facility will be supported by 100 percent renewable energy

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Facebook (NASDAQ: FB) officials announced today that the global technology company will invest $800 million to build a new state-of-the-art data center in Gallatin.

Once operational, the project is estimated to support approximately 100 jobs and will have more than 1,100 construction workers on site at peak. The data center will support a variety of positions and job types, from technical operations, electricians, logistics staff, security and more.…


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Mersen To Establish Manufacturing Operations In Columbia

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  • Mersen will invest up to $65 million over time and create approximately 100 jobs
  • Company plans to begin operations in late 2020
  • France-based Mersen is a global leader in advanced materials and electrical power

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Mersen officials announced today that the manufacturer will invest up to $65 million over time to establish operations in Columbia.

Mersen, a global leader in electrical power and advanced materials, will create approximately 100 jobs in Maury County. The company will acquire and renovate part of a former industrial building in Columbia.…


Airtech Advanced Materials Group to Expand in Springfield

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  • Airtech will create approximately 30 new jobs over the next 5 years
  • Company will invest $13 million in expansion 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Airtech Advanced Materials Group announced today that the company will expand in Robertson County.

The vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials manufacturer will invest $13 million and create approximately 30 new jobs in Springfield.

Airtech is the leading manufacturer of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials. The company serves many sectors including aerospace, wind power, marine, automotive, racing, solar energy and general composites industries. Airtech is headquartered in Huntington Beach, Calif.…


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce ebm-papst, Inc. to Locate New Operations in Washington County

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  • Ebm-papst, Inc. will invest $37 million in new location
  • Project will create 200 new jobs over the next five years
  • Washington County plant will be the company’s second U.S. location 

TELFORD, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and ebm-papst, Inc. officials announced today that the company will locate new operations in Washington County.

The electric motor and fan manufacturer will invest approximately $37 million and create 200 new jobs in the Northeast Tennessee region. This represents the largest capital investment in the Washington County since 2011.

The company will locate the new facility in Washington County Industrial Park, a Select Tennessee Certified Site.…


Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce FedEx Logistics to Move Headquarters to Downtown Memphis

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Global logistics solutions company to continue investment in Shelby County

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and FedEx Logistics announced today that the company will move its headquarters to downtown Memphis, where it will invest $44 million and create 689 jobs.

“With FedEx Logistics creating more than 680 jobs, and investing more than $44 million in Shelby County, they are once again showing that Tennessee is a great place to do business,” Lee said. “FedEx and its subsidiaries have been a true Tennessee success story, and we as a state are proud to see this company continue to grow and call Tennessee home.”…


Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Indigo Ag, Inc. to Establish North American Operations Headquarters in Memphis

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Agriculture technology company to create approximately 700 jobs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Indigo Ag, Inc. President and CEO David Perry announced today that the agricultural technology company will establish the headquarters for its North American commercial operations in Memphis.

Indigo will invest nearly $6.6 million and create over 700 jobs in Memphis over the next three years.

“I’m extremely pleased to see Indigo create hundreds of corporate office jobs in Memphis with this expansion,” Haslam said. “Indigo is one of the fastest growing startups in the country, and the decision to make Memphis such a vital part of its future growth is a testament to Tennessee’s vibrant economy and skilled workforce.”…