- Metal coating and heat treatment company to add new location in Kodak, invest roughly $12 million in expansion
SEVIERVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Parker Trutec MMI, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand its manufacturing and distribution operations in Sevier County by adding a new facility in Kodak.
Parker Trutec will invest $12 million and create 48 new jobs over the next five years.
To meet growing customer demand for its products, Parker Trutec, which currently operates at 134 River Bend Drive in Sevierville, will construct a new 54,000-square-foot facility at the I-40 Industrial Park in Kodak.
Parker Trutec’s Kodak site will specialize in surface treatment and cleaning operations for the automotive industry. The company also plans to dedicate 5,000 square feet of its new facility to warehousing and distribution.
Founded in 1988, Parker Trutec, a subsidiary of Nihon Parkerizing Co., Ltd., strives to provide its customers with solutions to minimize or eliminate inherent metal limitations. The company currently employs roughly 500 people across its operations in Arkansas, Tennessee and Ohio.
In the last five years, TNECD has supported nearly 70 economic development projects in the East Tennessee region resulting in more than 9,600 job commitments and nearly $3 billion in capital investment.
“When a company chooses to expand operations in Tennessee, it’s a testament to our skilled workforce and strong business climate. I thank Parker Trutec for creating more high-quality manufacturing and logistics jobs in East Tennessee and for their continued commitment to Sevier County.” – Gov. Bill Lee
“The quality of life that can be attained in Tennessee is one of the top reasons businesses like Parker Trutec are locating and expanding across our state. We are proud to have this company call East Tennessee home and look forward to seeing its continued growth and success in Sevier County.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe
“As a local citizen working a lifetime in manufacturing, I’m truly grateful to have the opportunity to expand our operations in Sevier County. Our new facility, situated in the I-40 Industrial Park, will provide Parker Trutec with a strategic location to serve our customers throughout the southeastern U.S.” – Phil Whaley, president, Parker Trutec MMI, Inc.
“Parker Trutec is an asset to our community. Having only four plants in the United States, they have shown their commitment by having one of those plants in Sevier County. This expansion will generate more than 40 new jobs for our residents. I appreciate their confidence and investment in our community. This addition, with help from the state, is welcome news to our area.” – Sevier County Mayor Larry Waters
“These 48 jobs will be a tremendous boost to our local economy. I congratulate our local officials and economic development leaders, Governor Lee and our Department of Economic and Community Development for their role in bringing this $12 million expansion investment to Sevier County. It was a team effort. Thank you, Parker Trutec, for your confidence in the Sevier County worker.” – Sen. Steve Southerland (R-Morristown)
“Parker Trutec is a valuable member of the business community in Sevier County, and I congratulate them on their success here. I appreciate this investment in our community and look forward to ensuring that our existing businesses continue to thrive.” – Rep. Andrew Farmer (R-Sevierville)
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