• Steel building manufacturer will invest more than $10 million in Portland. 
  • Project will create more than 120 new jobs over next two years. 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Ascent Buildings, LLC officials announced today that the company will establish new operations in Sumner County. 

Ascent Buildings will invest more than $10 million and create more than 120 jobs over the next two years.  

Founded in 2020, Ascent Buildings is a full service, pre-engineered steel building manufacturer with headquarters and manufacturing operations in Portland, Tenn. The company specializes in manufacturing structural systems, roof systems, wall panels and additional architectural and commercial grade products. 

Ascent Buildings will host a job fair on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. CDT at 214 Fountainhead Road in PortlandPositions range from plant positions such as welders, fitters, machine operators and material handlers to maintenance and management positions. Those interested in available positions can visit https://www.ascentbuildings.net/team/careers to learn more 

Over the last five years, TNECD has supported more than 10 economic development projects in Sumner County, resulting in approximately 2,100 job commitments and $1 billion in capital investment.  


Tennessee’s thriving advanced manufacturing sector is fueled by companies like Ascent Buildingsand we are proud that this newlyformed company is establishing operations in our state. Ascent Buildings will benefit from Tennessee’s highly-skilled workforce and central location, and I wish the company a long and successful partnership with Tennessee.” – Gov. Bill Lee 

“Ascent Buildings’ decision to invest in Tennessee and create 120 family-wage job opportunities reinforces our state’s pro-business climate and skilled workforce. We look forward to seeing the positive impact this company will have on the residents of Portland and Sumner County.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe 

“After many months of planning and preparation, we are excited to start producing steel buildings at our Portland, Tennessee facility. We are proud to revitalize a long-standing plant in the Portland area and offer new and exciting job opportunities within this outstanding community. Our goal is to create and maintain an excellent workplace environment with a customer focused approach to our business driven by quality and service.” – Kimball WellsAscent Buildings president   

“We are so excited to launch Ascent Buildings here in Tennessee and to open our first manufacturing facility in Portland. We are looking forward to building a great company and contributing to a wonderful community as we grow into an industry leading enterprise.  Mark FritzAscent Buildings vice president of Manufacturing 

“TVA and Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation congratulate Ascent Buildings on its decision to locate operations and create new job opportunities in Portland. Helping to foster job creation and investment in the region is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and the city of Portland to help further that mission and support Ascent Buildings business success in the Valley.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development   

“This is great news for Sumner County. We continue to see the job market strengthening in our area which is a tremendous boost to our local economy. I congratulate Governor Lee and all state and local officials for their efforts in bringing these jobs home to Portland.” – Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Ferrell Haile (R-Gallatin)   

We are fortunate to have great local partners throughout Sumner County who work hard to help our industries succeed and create new job opportunities for our residents here at home. We welcome Ascent Buildings to Tennessee and thank them for choosing Portland for their company headquarters.” – House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R-Portland) 

TNECD Media Contact
Molly Hair
Public Information Officer
(615) 878-0063
[email protected]   

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd. 


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