Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined ARC Automotive, Inc. officials on May 27 to announce the global automotive parts manufacturer will expand its long-time presence in Tennessee. The company will invest approximately $3 million to locate a new manufacturing facility in Hartsville to expand its automotive airbag inflator product production capability, creating 66 new jobs in Trousdale County.
“Tennessee is home to over 900 automotive manufacturers and suppliers, creating a thriving automotive industry that employs more than 114,000 Tennesseans. “We’ve been ranked No. 1 in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength for an unprecedented four years in a row, thanks in large part to commitments from major manufacturers who are supported by a vast array of suppliers across the state. I appreciate the jobs ARC Automotive is creating in the Hartsville community and look forward to their continued growth,” Hagerty said.
“ARC Automotive has a long-standing partnership with the state of Tennessee. “It began its inflator operations in Knoxville in 1992. Knoxville and East Tennessee is home to our corporate headquarters, engineering technical center as well as inflator manufacturing. We now have the opportunity to expand our presence to the mid-state region with the opening of a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Hartsville. We value our relationship with the Volunteer State and we are very excited to work with the people of Hartsville and Trousdale County,” e. ARC Automotive Vice President of Human Resources and Safety Gabe Bucca said.
The new facility will be built at the PowerCom Industrial Center, centrally located and convenient to ARC Automotive’s Knoxville and Morgantown inflator manufacturing operations. Site development is expected to start within the next few weeks with the construction of roads, buildings and infrastructure.
“The selection of Trousdale County for 66 manufacturing jobs is an outstanding announcement and will be a significant economic impact on our community. “We welcome ARC Automotive as our new corporate neighbors to Hartsville and appreciate their confidence in our workforce. On behalf of the citizens of Trousdale County, as County Mayor, I want to express my appreciation to everyone who had a hand in making this venture become reality. It was a great team effort lead by TVA and the state of Tennessee’s Department of ECD, and assisted by the Four Lake Regional Industrial Development Authority, Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association, Tri-County Electric, our State Legislators, and several Trousdale County officials,” Trousdale County Mayor Jake West said.
“TVA and Tri-County EMC congratulate ARC Automotive on their plans to locate a new manufacturing facility in Hartsville, Tennessee. “We are pleased to partner with the state of Tennessee, Four Lake Regional Industrial Development Authority, Hartsville and Trousdale County to facilitate ARC’s location and growth,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley declared.
Production at the Hartsville facility is targeted for the third quarter of 2014 with manufacturing and employment expected to gradually increase over a two-year period.