Manufacturer to invest $9.6 million, create 66 new jobs in Sequatchie County
DUNLAP, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Hubner Manufacturing Corporation officials announced today that the company will invest $9.6 million to establish a new manufacturing facility in Dunlap.
Hubner, a subsidiary of Germany-based Hubner Group, plans to create 66 jobs in Sequatchie County over the next five years. The company manufactures a wide range of products for the transportation and energy sectors.
“We’re so glad to have Hubner choose Tennessee as a place to do business. Tennessee is a great place to live and work, and we’re glad to have them here,” Lee said. “Hubner’s commitment to create dozens of quality jobs for the residents of Dunlap and Sequatchie County is a great thing for the area.”
“We appreciate Hubner’s commitment to invest in Sequatchie County and bring stable, family-wage jobs to Dunlap,” Rolfe said. “Hubner has a strong track record in the communities where it operates, and we look forward to the ways it will support and grow the local economy in Dunlap.”
Hubner will build a 36,000-square-foot building on Tram Trail in the Dunlap Industrial Park. Construction of the new facility will begin in the second quarter of 2019. Hubner will produce extruded and molded rubber parts, gaskets, and seals for the transportation, oil and gas, and aerospace industries. Window systems, handicap lifts & ramps, and possibly gangways systems are under consideration for a later phase.
“Dunlap was selected over 11 other sites across six different states,” Ron Paquette, CEO of Hubner North America, said. “The cooperation and support provided by the local, county, and state officials surpassed competing locations and the local workforce demonstrated a strong work ethic and sense of pride in quality that best fit our family-owned company.
“Hubner is looking forward to establishing partnerships with the local high school and nearby universities to sponsor STEM projects, apprenticeship opportunities, and workforce development programs,” Paquette added.
Elected officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority applauded Hubner for its investment in Dunlap.
“The City of Dunlap is extremely pleased with Governor Lee’s announcement of a new manufacturing facility in Dunlap, Tennessee,” Dunlap City Mayor Dwain Land said. “We have been searching for a company that would locate in Dunlap and give our citizens high-paying wages. I’d like to thank Gov. Lee and his staff for the assistance in attracting Hubner to Dunlap.”
“This is great news for our entire region. It has been a total team effort, beginning with state and local government collaborating to make our county and city fertile ground for a quality worldwide company like Hubner to plant roots here,” Sequatchie County Executive Keith Cartwright said. “Our Development District does an outstanding job in putting all of the players together and discerning the appropriate strategy and road map to perfect the deal.”
“TVA and Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative congratulate Hubner on its decision to locate in Dunlap,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Helping to foster new job opportunities and investment is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Sequatchie County and City of Dunlap to help further that mission.”
“This is a huge investment that will have a positive impact on our local communities and is further proof that Tennessee is on the right track,” State Sen. Janice Bowling (R – Tullahoma) said. “It is also a testament to our local workforce. I congratulate Hubner, Gov. Lee, Commissioner Rolfe, Mayor Land, Mayor Cartwright and all who worked to secure these jobs.”
“I am grateful to Gov. Lee, TNECD, and Hubner for investing in our community,” State Rep. Ron Travis (R – Dayton) said. “Today’s announcement will have a tremendous economic impact on District 31 and our region, and I am proud to partner with our local leaders to fulfill the employment desires of our citizens.”
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