430 new jobs announced in past three days

6:00 PM, Apr 17, 2013   |    comments
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Omega Plastics is expanding in Anderson County, bringing 80 new jobs and an $8.2 million dollar investments to Clinton.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined local leaders and company officials to make that announcement Wednesday morning.

This is the third major job announcement in East Tennessee in the past three days, making the total of new positions created 430 this week.

On Monday, HP Pelzer, an auto parts manufacturer, announced it's opening shop in Athens, creating 200 new jobs. On Tuesday, Windham Professionals  announced it is expanding its Alcoa business center, adding 150 new positions. 

While the three developments are not located within Knox County, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce said the growth will impact Knoxville and all of East Tennessee.

"We've come out of the recession, the hire-backs have occurred. Companies that have laid off we've now got those back on," said Mike Edwards, President and CEO. "Most of the automotive manufacturers are working two or three shifts. So we're at full throttle again and growing new jobs."

Edwards said while the three developments are located in Blount, McMinn, and Anderson counties, companies are also starting new operations or expanding in Knox County.

"90% of the new job comes from existing companies growing. And what we have seen is that this entire region, including Knox County, and all the surrounding counties as well have grown," said Edwards.

Edwards said ADT will add up to 350 jobs, CVS Caremark's Customer Service Center will 200 jobs, and Access America will add 100 jobs. Answer Fincancial and CSL Plasma are also adding  100 new jobs each.

As for new facilities, RockTenn will create 80 jobs, Tomcat USA 50 jobs, and BHS Corrugated 35 new jobs.

"We're doing extremely well," said Edwards. "The impact is huge. We will see more spending as a result. Tax revenues go up." Potholes get fixed.

As for Wednesday's announcement, the Clinton expansion will add an additional 85,000 square feet, more than doubling its current facility in the Carden Farm Industrial Park. Omega provides plastic molded parts for medical, consumer packaging, automotive, and security and safety productions.

"The support we have received from the city of Clinton, Anderson County, TVA, Clinton Utilities Board and the state of Tennessee has been amazing," Stephen J. Redwine, Omega Plastics chief executive officer, said. "All of these entities consistently demonstrate that they want businesses in the community and do everything possible to create a business friendly environment. The quality and availability of a motivated labor force is exceptional. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has been a major factor in our decision to expand in Clinton instead of going elsewhere. They continually strive to help current businesses as well as recruit new businesses to the area."

"Omega Plastics has been an asset to our community since they arrived in 1996," Clinton Mayor Scott Burton said. "Despite the recent economic downturn, Omega Plastics has remained a strong and successful player in their industry. Once again, this announcement reflects the efforts of our economic development partners that work with our existing industries to create jobs and investment in our city."

Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank added, "Omega Plastics is tangible proof of the power of American manufacturing. Their state-of-the-art facility, their commitment to customer relationships and their continued hard work has enabled them to expand. I am proud and extremely thankful they chose to grow their business in Anderson County with the help of our local workforce. This exciting expansion is also a testament to the commitment by our economic development team to assist existing industries."

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