• Shelving manufacturer to invest nearly $1 million in Putnam County
  • Expansion to create more than 50 manufacturing jobs

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter and US Pillars LLC officials announced today the company will invest $981,000 to expand manufacturing operations at its headquarters in Cookeville, Tennessee.

US Pillars will create 56 new jobs as the company acquires a wood door product line from Hörmann, a German, family-owned manufacturer headquartered in Sparta.

The acquisition of the wood garage door product line will not only greatly expand US Pillars’ manufacturing capabilities and overall facility footprint with these door panels, but it will also strengthen its business partnership with Hörmann.

Hörmann is one of the world’s leading garage door and construction component manufacturers. In 2020, the company completed construction of its 325,000-square-foot state-of-the art manufacturing facility in Sparta, Tennessee, which houses its North American headquarters and operations of both sectional and high-performance door product lines.

Founded in 2015, and headquartered in Cookeville, Tennessee, US Pillars is a manufacturer of display shelving, tables, display cabinets, bookcases, work counters, gondolas and more.

Since 2019, TNECD has supported nearly 25 economic development projects in the Upper Cumberland region, resulting in approximately 2,600 job commitments and $795 million in capital investment.

“Tennessee is leading the nation with one of the fastest growing economies thanks to companies that continue to invest in our state. We know US Pillars will reap the benefits of Tennessee’s highly skilled workforce and strong business climate. These new jobs will create tremendous opportunities for families across Putnam County, and we are excited to bring this project to fruition.”– Gov. Bill Lee

“At TNECD we strive to provide the companies that call Tennessee home with the tools and resources needed to grow and expand because they are the backbone of our economy. US Pillars has called this state home since 2015, and I am proud that this great brand will continue to operate in the Upper Cumberland.” – TNECD Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter

“It is a privilege to be able to continue and expand the offering of this beautiful product nationally and to grow the craftsmanship capabilities here in the Upper Cumberland. Manufacturing is fundamental to a healthy economy, and we appreciate the support that Tennessee is providing in helping to make this possible.” – Dave Uhrik, general manager, US Pillars

“It’s a great story of how Tennessee helped Hörmann locate here, and how Hörmann is in turn using their influence to strengthen and grow another Tennessee-based company. Our company, US Pillars, was formed for the very purpose of economic development through manufacturing with makers who find great fulfillment in making shelves for book spaces. We relocated an existing company, Franklin Fixtures, from Cape Cod to Cookeville in 2015. Now, with the faith of Hörmann, US Pillars is expanding with these garage doors, a market that Hörmann plans to expand further with this new location that is more favorable for East Coast and Southeast Coast customers.” – Lisa Uhrik, co-owner, US Pillars

“Over the course of the last 88 years and four generations, Hörmann has built a reputation as a champion of family-owned businesses, large and small. In both our customer and our supply chain networks, we have sought out opportunities to build relationships with companies that align with our core values. US Pillars is an excellent example of the type of partner we seek, and we’re excited to work with them to design, build and distribute fine handcrafted wood doors though our existing network of sales centers. This partnership is a great win for both companies, the Upper Cumberland and the State of Tennessee.” – Camron Rudd, chief operating officer, Hörmann North America    

“We congratulate US Pillars on the expansion of their successful operations that is creating 56 new jobs in Putnam County. We appreciate their continued partnership and wish them every success moving forward.” – Sen. Paul Bailey (R-Sparta)

“Tennessee is a pro-business state where companies and their employees can thrive. This expansion will bring even more great jobs to our community while further strengthening the local economy. I congratulate US Pillars on its success and look forward to the company’s continued growth in Cookeville.” – Rep. Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville)

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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