- N95 mask manufacturer will create 220 jobs
- Project represents $25 million investment in Wilson County
LEBANON, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Moldex-Metric, Inc. officials announced today that the N95 respirator manufacturer will locate new operations in Lebanon.
The project represents an investment by Moldex of over $25 million and the creation more than 200 new jobs in Wilson County over the next three years.
Moldex is expanding its N95 respirator capacity to meet the surge in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as future market demand. The company plans to retrofit an existing building in Lebanon, which will be its first manufacturing facility in Tennessee. Beyond the capacity increase, Moldex also intends to build an additional distribution center on the 21-acre site.
Headquartered in Culver City, Calif., Moldex is the second largest manufacturer of N95 respirators in North America and has been manufacturing NIOSH approved respirators and hearing protection products for almost 40 years. Moldex products are made using proprietary technology and have been granted more than 50 patents.
Learn more about Moldex at moldex.com.
Since 2015, TNECD has supported 20 economic development projects in Wilson County, accounting for 2,750 job commitments and more than $785 million in capital investment.
“Tennessee’s economic recovery is fueled by companies that choose to do business in our state. As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, I am especially proud to welcome a company that is directly focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. I appreciate Moldex for choosing Tennessee and for creating more than 200 jobs in Wilson County.” – Gov. Bill Lee
“Over the past three months, Tennessee companies have pledged to create over 3,000 new jobs across the state. We’re pleased that another West Coast company has chosen to locate new operations in the Volunteer State, creating hundreds of family wage jobs in Lebanon. We thank Moldex for selecting our state for this project and look forward to seeing the global impact Moldex will make on the COVID-19 pandemic from its Wilson County facility.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe
”Having conducted an exhaustive search for a suitable site, the State of Tennessee provided unique advantages to accomplish our expansion plans and it quickly became clear that Tennessee was the best location for our facility. In addition to expanding our capacity for N95 respirators, adding a distribution facility in Lebanon will place our products closer to many of our customers. We look forward to our partnership with the State of Tennessee, TNECD and the Lebanon community.” – Mark Magidson, President/CEO, Moldex-Metric, Inc.
“I would like to express my appreciation to Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe for all of their efforts that led to the announcement. Working with our county commissioners and our economic team has led us to be able to welcome Moldex to our community. We appreciate their confidence and look forward to a long-term partnership.” – Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto
“TVA and Middle Tennessee Electric congratulate Moldex-Metric Inc.’s decision to locate and create new job opportunities in Wilson County. Helping to foster new jobs and investment is central to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission and celebrate Moldex’s business success in the Valley.” – John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development
“We welcome these new jobs and are very proud that new life-saving respirators will be manufactured in Lebanon. Companies like Moldex-Metric continue to choose Tennessee, not only because we have a business-friendly environment, but for the tremendously talented workforce that can meet the needs of this important facility. We appreciate all the work done by Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe and our local officials to ensure this large investment in Wilson County.” – Sen. Mark Pody (R-Lebanon)
“I’m very proud that Wilson County will play an important role in supporting public health and providing essential equipment to first responders and medical professionals. I thank Moldex-Metric, Inc. for stepping up to meet the demand for personal protective equipment and for bringing these jobs to our community. “– Rep. Susan Lynn (R-Mount Juliet)
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