The lead singer of Better Than Ezra is leading a group that's organizing a two-day acoustic music and food festival at Franklin's Harlinsdale Farm complex. The goal is to feature artists from a number of genres and draw about 15,000 people. Michael Ackley at Franklin Homepage has more info.
Ward 4 Alderman Margaret Martin asked if the event will turn into another music festival like Bonaroo. Griffin responded by saying that "the 'B' word is a bad word for us."
"This Franklin festival skews older," he said. "We're not going for kids. There is no camping. This will suit the high-end atmosphere of Franklin."
The largest family-owned metal processor and distributor in North America will invest almost $33 million to build a new service center in Columbia. The 105,000-square-foot Samuel Son & Co. plant will create 42 jobs. Its machines will be able to shape steel and aluminum up to 84 inches wide, primarily for the region's auto manufacturers. State officials say the facility has doubled in size from when discussions began with Samuel executives.
SEE ALSO: The company's own release
Michigan-based Rainbow Child Care Centers is preparing to open the doors to its first location in Tennessee, a spot on Wall Street in Spring Hill that can house 140 kids up to 12 years of age. That opening will be followed in a few months by another spot in Murfreesboro for Rainbow, which runs more than 90 locations in the eastern half of the country.
Global auto parts manufacturer Magna International has signed a deal to buy fellow Canada-based company Techform for an undisclosed amount. The deal, which is set to close in the coming weeks, will add three plants to Magna's network. One of those is in Portland, where Techform has been doing business as Mechanical Components of Tennessee and cranking out latch and hinge systems as well as seat parts and other products.
Word of Magna's Techform deal comes four weeks after the company said it plans to invest $16 million in Spring Hill and hire more than 350 people for a new seat assembly plant.
David Scharf, the owner of several senior living projects to the south of Nashville, on Thursday submitted an application to build an assisted-living facility on six high-profile acres located at Franklin Road and Wilson Pike Circle in Brentwood. The project is one of several big plans that will soon go before city commissioners; Jonathan Romeo has all the details at Brentwood Homepage.