• Metal fabrication company to invest nearly $5 million in expansion, create more than 140 new jobs in Puryear, Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Columbiad Fabrication and Aviation, LLC officials announced today the company will invest $4.8 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Henry County.

Through this expansion, Columbiad will create 144 new jobs over the next five years.

Columbiad will purchase a building in Henry County and relocate its existing operations from Paris to Puryear. The new facility, which has housed Columbiad’s welding operations over the past year, will allow all the company’s operations to be located under one roof, improving production flow and providing additional space for expected growth.

Founded in Paris, Tennessee, Columbiad specializes in precision metal fabrication. The company’s full-fabrication welding team can cut, form and weld parts to send its customers a completed assembly.

Hiring for Columbiad’s new Puryear operations will begin in the first quarter of 2022. Those interested in applying for a position with Columbiad can visit columbiadsolutions.com for additional information.

In the last five years, TNECD has supported more than 40 economic development projects in Northwest Tennessee resulting in 6,500 job commitments and approximately $1.5 billion in capital investment.

“Columbiad’s expansion will provide new opportunities for Henry County residents to thrive and will have a lasting impact on Tennessee’s economy. I congratulate their recent success and thank them for investing in Northwest Tennessee.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“Tennessee’s geographic location, affordable cost of doing business and competitive wages make our state an ideal place for manufacturing companies to locate and grow. We appreciate Columbiad for its $4.8 million investment in Henry County and for its continued partnership with our state.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe

“The State of Tennessee’s investment in Columbiad’s growth and future has afforded us a great opportunity to provide jobs and quality manufacturing to the area. We thank them for their forward vision and commitment in our endeavors.” – Johnathan Bailey, vice president, Columbiad Fabrication and Aviation, LLC

“Columbiad is a growing company right here in Paris and Henry County. This local company was built from the ground up with Johnathan and Jason’s hard work. Columbiad started in a small home and is now expanding into a 40,000-square-foot facility. I am excited to see this expansion and more importantly the 144 employs they plan to add. We congratulate Columbiad on their announcement and look forward to many years of success.  I am proud to say that Henry County will continue offering assistance to existing businesses as well as a business-friendly environment.” – Henry County Mayor John Penn Ridgeway

“Columbiad’s $4.8 million investment and decision to expand in Henry County is proof-positive that we are attracting 21st century companies to add to this region’s economic momentum. This project will not only boost the local manufacturing sector and provide job opportunities to 144 residents, but it will also strengthen the regional economy and support a more sustainable community for generations to come.” – Sen. John Stevens (R-Huntingdon)

“Columbiad’s decision to centralize all of its operations in Puryear is further proof that Henry County is an excellent place to do business. I appreciate this significant investment in our community and the job opportunities it will provide residents with as the company continues to grow.” – Rep. Bruce Griffey (R-Paris)

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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