• EMS will invest $13.3 million to increase manufacturing capacity and capability
  • Bartlett-based medical device manufacturer will create 60 jobs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Engineered Medical Systems, LLC (EMS) officials announced today that the medical device manufacturer will invest $13.3 million and create 60 new jobs over the next five years to increase manufacturing capacity in Bartlett.

Founded in 2002, Bartlett-based EMS manufactures surgical instruments, implants and specialty medical devices. With growing demand and changing technologies in the surgical field, EMS plans to purchase new state-of-the-art Computer Numeric Controlled (CNC) equipment, which will add machining capacity with increased capabilities for its existing location in Bartlett. The company recently expanded its facility in Bartlett from 40,000 to 92,000 square feet to accommodate the increased manufacturing demand.

Since 2015, TNECD has supported 85 economic development projects in Shelby County, accounting for 13,500 job commitments and $4.5 billion in capital investment.


“I applaud EMS for its expansion in Bartlett and welcome the creation of 60 new jobs for Shelby County. This type of investment is crucial as we work to bring Tennessee’s economy back on track and ensure Tennesseans have access to quality job opportunities.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“TNECD is committed to support our local communities and help them attract the private investment and job creation needed to help revive our economy. It is a terrific sign that EMS will move forward with this expansion in Bartlett so quickly after completing its last expansion, and I welcome the creation of 60 new family-wage jobs in West Tennessee.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe 

“EMS has developed tremendous partnerships with world leading biomedical OEMs. We have built an extraordinary team of managers, engineers and machinists that has enabled us to respond to the challenging demands of our industry. We look forward to leveraging our capabilities and service offerings in the dynamic biomedical market.” – Ben R. Smith, CEO of Engineered Medical Systems 

“Engineered Medical Systems has been a really great corporate partner. We are excited for their expansion and the possibilities that lie ahead for them as a company as well as for additional employment with higher-paying jobs.” – Bartlett Mayor Keith McDonald

“TVA and MLGW congratulate Engineered Medical Systems on its decision to expand operations in Shelby County. Working with our partners to help support existing business growth and new job opportunities are fundamental to TVA’s core mission of service. We are proud to partner with MLGW, Bartlett Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Bartlett, Shelby County and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to celebrate this announcement and support Engineered Medical Systems in its continued success in the Valley.” – John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development

“We are very pleased to see Engineered Medical Systems expand its operations and continue to invest in Shelby County. This industry is an important and growing part of our economy. We welcome these new jobs and look forward to celebrating the company’s continued success here. We also appreciate the work done by our local officials, Governor Lee and the Department of Economic and Community Development in securing these jobs. I am proud to partner with them as we make Tennessee the best place in the nation to locate or expand new jobs.” – Sen. Paul Rose (R-Covington)

“This is great news for Bartlett. I appreciate Engineered Medical Systems for making this strong investment in our community with the creation of these 60 new jobs. This commitment demonstrates that Shelby County is open for business, and I look forward to continuing to work with our local leaders to create additional jobs for our citizens in the future.” – Rep. Tom Leatherwood (R-Arlington)

TNECD Media Contact
Jennifer McEachern
Director of Communications and Marketing
(615) 336-2689
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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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