The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has created a new senior position to focus on the growth of the state's rural areas and named department veteran Amy New to fill it. New, whose new title is assistant commissioner for rural development, had directed the state's ThreeStar program since 2012. Says Boyd:
“Many of our rural areas are still struggling, and we need to reorganize and align to serve them even better. That includes considering new programs, improving existing ones, and reallocating resources, both personnel and financial. However, the most important first step is to put in place a great leader, and I believe Amy New is that leader. She has the experience, the passion and the leadership ability to move our state forward.”
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The Nashville Technology Council has been awarded an $850,000 state grant to team up with Nashville State Community College on post-secondary degree and certificate programs in the area. The Labor Education Alignment Program money will help the Tech Council team deliver more skilled IT professionals to the market. Also winning a LEAP grant was the North Tennessee Workforce Board, which includes Sumner and Williamson counties as well as nine others to the west of Nashville.
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development officials say another eight sites around the state have been certified with the Select Tennessee tag, meaning they've been vetted as ready for big-scale development. Among them is the Cherry Glen Industrial Park in Mt. Pleasant, southwest of Columbia.
American Colors Inc. will will invest $3.7 million to build a 30,000-square-foot manufacturing and research facility in the Gallatin Industrial Center to support growth at the company’s existing Lebanon location, the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today.
In the process, American Colors will create 31 jobs in Sumner County. The company expects the new facility to be fully operational by the first quarter of 2015. The Gallatin facility will produce products for the composites, coatings, plastics and agricultural industries and will include a research lab housing chemists and technicians. American Colors is a manufacturer of liquid pigment systems and intermediates.
“Incumbent industry expansions are an essential element to help spur job creation in our state, and with nearly 45,000 Tennesseans employed within the chemicals and plastics sector, I am pleased to see American Colors add to that number,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said in a release. “I appreciate the company’s continued confidence in our state’s qualified workforce and for choosing to further invest in Tennessee.”
James Oram Wible, American Colors president and CEO, said the company's increased business and additional opportunities have required an increased production capacity in Tennessee.
“We look forward to creating a state-of-the-art facility in order to continue to provide superior colorants and dispersions to the composites and coatings industries,” Wible said.
In addition to its Tennessee facilities, American Colors has manufacturing locations in Sandusky, Ohio, and Shanghai, China.
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