Paint, coatings and specialty chemicals manufacturer to create 70 new jobs

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with AkzoNobel officials announced today that the company is planning to hire additional staff and expand production at its Nashville facility. The paint, coatings and specialty chemicals manufacturer will invest more than $10 million over the next five years and create approximately 70 new manufacturing and professional services jobs in Davidson County.

“In Tennessee, one out of every eight residents with a job works in manufacturing and it is great news that even more manufacturing jobs will be created because of AkzoNobel,” Boyd said. “I want to thank AkzoNobel for its decision to expand in Davidson County and for creating even more valued jobs for Team Tennessee.”

AkzoNobel is a leading paint, coatings and chemicals company with more than 46,000 employees worldwide and operations in 80 countries. In North America, the company employs nearly 5,000 people across 45 manufacturing and office locations. AkzoNobel has a proud heritage in Nashville. Since 1942, the company has served manufacturing and business operations from its location in South Nashville.

With AkzoNobel’s planned expansion in Nashville, the company will hire 40 professional service roles. The company will make significant investments to increase production capabilities, resulting in the creation of 30 new manufacturing positions.

“Through our products and customers, we are creating everyday essentials to make people’s lives more livable and inspiring,” AkzoNobel North America President Johan Landfors said. “With Nashville’s focus on sustainability and responsible growth, we have found a great match between the purpose and mission of our company and the community of Nashville. We look forward to growing with Nashville and welcoming new employees to our organization.” 

“AkzoNobel has offered great quality manufacturing jobs in Nashville for years, and we are excited to see the company expanding its operations in Nashville to include more corporate functions,” Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said. “The company’s decision to relocate more operations in Nashville is a testament to our city’s workforce and our continued expansion into the global economy.”

“TVA and Nashville Electric Service congratulate AkzoNobel on its announcement to build its presence and create new job opportunities in Nashville,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “We are pleased to partner with the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to celebrate AkzoNobel’s continuing business success and commitment to grow in the Valley.”

Nashville and Davidson County are represented Speaker Beth Harwell (R – Nashville), Rep. Bo Mitchell (D – Nashville), Rep. Bill Beck (D – Nashville), Rep. Mike Stewart (D – Nashville), Rep. Jason Powell (D – Nashville), Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D – Nashville), Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D – Nashville), Rep. Harold Love (D – Nashville), Rep. Sherry Jones (D – Nashville), Rep. Darren Jernigan (D – Old Hickory), Sen. Steven Dickerson (R – Nashville), Sen. Ferrell Haile (R – Gallatin), Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D – Nashville) and Sen. Thelma Harper (D – Nashville) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About AkzoNobel

AkzoNobel creates everyday essentials to make people’s lives more liveable and inspiring. As a leading global paints and coatings company and a major producer of specialty chemicals, we supply essential ingredients, essential protection and essential color to industries and consumers worldwide. Backed by a pioneering heritage, our innovative products and sustainable technologies are designed to meet the growing demands of our fast-changing planet, while making life easier. Headquartered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, we have approximately 45,000 people in around 80 countries, while our portfolio includes well-known brands such as Chemcraft, Sikkens, International, Interpon and Eka. Consistently ranked as a leader in sustainability, we are dedicated to energizing cities and communities while creating a protected, colorful world where life is improved by what we do.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook:


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