Manufacturer HQ could be leaving Cool Springs

Food processing equipment maker moved operations here in '11

A food processing systems equipment maker that three years ago moved its home office and a research operation to Franklin could soon be on the move again.

Economic development officials in Kentucky recently extended preliminary approval for Avure Technologies to receive $300,000 over 10 years if it moves its headquarters and food R&D lab to Boone County, just south of Cincinnati. The move, which was first reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, would take about 10 workers who have an average hourly wage of $60 to Kentucky. Avure executives have told Kentucky officials they plan to spend about $3 million on building and equipment costs.

Attempts to reach Avure's local operation on Gothic Court in Cool Springs this week were unsuccessful.

Avure designs, makes and services a range of equipment that allows manufacturers — in addition to food companies, customers also come from the aerospace and energy sectors, among others — to process products with extremely high pressure. The company came to Middle Tennessee in 2011 from Seattle with plans to hire 30 people. In 2012, then-CEO Pat Adams said the company planned to add a manufacturing plant in the area, but that 50,000-square-foot project ended up landing in Middletown, Ohio — north of Cincinnati — after Buckeye State officials ponied up incentives of their own.