• AES will invest approximately $9.7 million to modernize and expand its operations
  • Expansion will result in 80 new jobs
  • Company’s 1,300-acre site in Hickman and Humphreys counties includes full lab and test range

MCEWEN, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that Accurate Energetic Systems, LLC (AES) will expand its operations in McEwen.

AES will invest approximately $9.7 million and create 80 jobs in Humphreys and Hickman counties. The company is modernizing and expanding its Tennessee operations, which is situated on 1,300-acre site in Hickman and Humphreys counties, where the company operates a full lab and test range.

Founded in 1980, AES develops, manufactures and supplies a wide range of explosives for the defense, aerospace, mining, oil and gas industries.

Since 2015, TNECD has supported 300 economic development projects in Middle Tennessee, resulting in more than 52,450 job commitments and $9 billion in capital investment.


“We are focused on expanding economic prosperity in rural Tennessee, and that begins with attracting jobs and investment. I’d like to thank AES for expanding in McEwen and creating 80 new job opportunities for residents in Humphreys and Hickman counties.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“AES is a company with four decades of history in the Volunteer State, and the decision to double its workforce in McEwen underscores how our pro-business environment and rural development efforts are paying off. I’m pleased to welcome 80 new quality jobs to rural Middle Tennessee.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe 

“Everyone at Accurate Energetic Systems would like to thank both Humphreys and Hickman counties and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for their support on this project. Bringing jobs to Tennessee through existing business growth and the relocation of two out-of-state businesses has energized AES as a team to foster growth for years to come.” – AES President John Sonday

“AES has long been a tremendous asset to our region, and this expansion is a great example of what communities can do when working together in providing what our corporate citizens need to be successful. Humphreys County is proud to be a part of this project.” – Humphreys County Executive Jessie Wallace

“We are extremely excited for the expansion of AES, which has been a great corporate and business partner with Hickman County for many years. We applaud John Sonday and his broad relationship in many aspects with Hickman County and offer our sincerest congratulations on this expansion.” – Hickman County Mayor Mark Bentley 

“TVA and Meriwether Lewis Electric Cooperative congratulate Accurate Energetic Systems on its decision to expand operations and create new job opportunities and investment in the region. We are proud to partner with Humphreys County Economic Development Council, Hickman County Economic & Community Development Association, and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to support existing industry growth and to celebrate this announcement.” – John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development 

“This is exciting news for Humphreys and Hickman counties where our prime location, strong Tennessee values and tremendous workforce are great assets for new and expanding businesses. We appreciate AES’ decision to grow its operations here and wish the company every success as it moves forward. I also appreciate the efforts of our local officials, Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe and all who helped secure these jobs.  We will continue to make job creation a top priority.” – Sen. Kerry Roberts (R-Springfield)

“These 80 jobs will create a significant boost to our local economy. I congratulate our local officials and economic development leaders for their role in helping our existing industries thrive and for working with AES to bring this investment to our community. Thank you, AES, for your confidence in our workforce.” – Rep. Michael Curcio (R-Dickson)

“It’s great to see companies who know us best decide to expand their business in our community. AES is making a great investment in Humphreys and Hickman counties. Its commitment speaks to our favorable business climate and our ability to provide the skilled workforce companies need.” – Rep. Jay Reedy (R-Erin)

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Scott Harrison, Public Information Officer
(615) 417-2076
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About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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