For the fifth consecutive quarter, Rutherford County ranks among the nation’s top counties in terms of employment growth, according to a recently released U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report.
While national employment, measured by the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) program, is up 1.9 percent, Rutherford County demonstrated a 6.4 percent increase, making it third in the nation for percentage increase in employment.
“Destination Rutherford continues to be the economic development engine for our community, and this report tells us what we already know — our efforts are working,” Bill Jones, Destination Rutherford chairman, said in a releae. “The fact that we have been a top county in the nation five times in a row demonstrates that this is not an isolated incident. We have created and continue to implement a program that makes ongoing job growth possible.”
The Fourth Quarter 2012 County Employment and Wages report indicates that employment increased in 287 of the 328 largest U.S. counties, of which Rutherford is included. The report measures employment growth from December 2011 to December 2012.
The employment and wage data in the report are compiled under the QCEW program and derived from reports submitted by every employer subject to unemployment insurance laws. The 9.2 million employer reports cover 133.7 million full- and part-time workers.
The full report is available here.
The state will invest millions in the coming years to eliminate one of the state's busiest intersections — the meeting of Broad Street and Old Fort Parkway in Murfreesboro — by building an overpass as part of a so-called single-point urban interchange. The plan will ease wait times at a place that now sees nearly 60,000 vehicles a day pass by.
The City of Murfreesboro and utility owners are currently working to secure the necessary property required to relocate water, sewer, gas, and cable and phone lines. Once that is complete, TDOT anticipates being able to put the project out for bids in the fall of 2013. Once a construction contract is in place, TDOT will announce several local and regional detour options, and provide details about the construction schedule and work hours. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2014 and estimated to take 36 months.
Nissan has contracted with T.W. Frierson to expand the former Singer Sewing and B&W Wholesale distribution center in Murfreesboro. The auto maker is adding 400,000 square feet of warehouse space to the back of a smaller building that now can house some call center, engineering and IT workers. Chambers Williams has the details.
It will be shared by the Nissan Export Center and a parts-return operation, said Nissan spokesman Justin Saia. The facility is located about three miles from the main Smryna plant. The number of workers based in the warehouse has not yet been determined, he said.
Brian Byrd has been named CFO of Roscoe Brown, the storied HVAC and plumbing contractor that has offices in Murfreesboro, Nashville and Tullahoma. Byrd, a Murfreesboro resident and MTSU graduate, spent 13 years at the former Gaylord Entertainment, where he was executive director of shared financial services and controller of the ResortQuest business the company owned for a while.
The estate of Jim Buchanan, winner of the 1986 Nobel Prize in economics, on Thursday said it would give $2.5 million to the Middle Tennessee State University Honors College. Part of the bequest will go toward establishing a lecture series focused on applying Buchanan's ideas to today's economic questions.
The Tennessee Valley Authority and Nashville Electric Service have cut a $350,000 check to Bridgestone Americas as a reward for the energy efficiency improvements the tire maker has made in recent years at its La Vergne plant. An improved lighting system installed in 2010 has cut power consumption by 3.8 million kilowatt-hours. The cash will go into the Bridgestone Americas Environmental and Energy Strategic Fund to be applied to other conservation projects.
Hungry Howie's Pizza has opened its first location in Murfreesboro. Located at 2015B Lascassas Pike, the franchised store is owned by Jon Curfman. Taylor, Mich.-based Hungry Howie's Pizza Inc. is the 11th largest pizza chain in the United States with 575 locations. Read more here.