United Auto Workers executives on Tuesday unveiled some details about the tentative agreement they signed last week with General Motors. Among them are plans to bring the production of two mid-sized vehicles originally destined to go to Mexico. Combined, they will bring with them 1,700 jobs and about $420 million in investment.
SEE ALSO: More details from the Detroit News
A number of sources are reporting that the new four-year labor deal between General Motors and the United Auto Workers includes a clause to bring back to life the assembly line at the company's Spring Hill plant. (Here are stories from The New York Times, the Detroit Free Press and Reuters.) It's been almost two years since GM shifted work on the Chevrolet Traverse to Michigan, putting 2,000 local workers out of work.
The news comes after state ECD officials traveled to Detroit to pitch GM's brass on the importance of bringing Spring Hill's assembly operations back on line. It's not clear how soon the assembly line might restart — recall that GM's top manufacturing exec only last month said consumer demand isn't yet high enough to justify adding production capacity — but word is it will be for a new vehicle.
SEE ALSO: The UAW's official statement
A Jacksonville-based outsourcing company has opened the doors to a 50,000-square-foot call center in Spring Hill. The facility on Saturn Parkway will eventually employ 300 people, say officials at TRG Customer Solutions, who are subleasing space from South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance.
Sekisui Plastics will build a second plant in Mt. Pleasant that is expected to create 25 jobs in the coming four years. The project for the maker of foamed plastic products is valued at $3 million.
“After years of success with our Mt. Pleasant facility and with the available, qualified workforce in Maury County, it was an easy decision to expand Sekisui Plastics in Mt. Pleasant,” Robert Voytko, vice president of operations control, Sekisui Plastics, said. “We look forward to continually growing in Tennessee.”
The City Paper reports state economic development officials are conducting a comprehensive analysis of business regulations and plan to recommend eliminating many of them in a report to Gov. Bill Haslam. There are no specifics yet, but ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said his team has "a terrific appetite and the governor has the will and the ability to change any regulation that is in some way inefficient or ineffective."
We're guessing most of the folks over at the Nashville Health Care Council are walking two feet off the ground today after The Wall Street Journal highlighted Music City as the place to be if you want to make waves in health care, specifically in electronic medical records. In a piece on industry clusters and the comparative advantages they bring, the Journal also points to the Nashville Entrepreneur Center and the TNInvestco program as additional boosts.