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Published July 2, 2021
The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
On Thursday, July 1, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and the Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced that Martinrea’s next project will bring more jobs to the state. The automotive parts manufacturer will be starting an expansion of their Springfield facility in Robertson County, which will create nearly one hundred new jobs.
“We are proud to see another respected automotive company expanding in Tennessee,” Lee said. “This investment will bolster our state’s reputation as a leader in advanced manufacturing. Thank you, Martinrea, for being a partner to Robertson County and creating 97 new jobs for Tennesseans.”
Martinrea will be investing $40 million into the new project. It will expand on the operations already in Springfield by adding 30,000 square feet and additional robots. They will also be able to upgrade the large presses used in manufacturing.
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Springfield City Mayor Ann Schneider called Martinrea “a vital part of our community.”
“The strength of Tennessee’s automotive sector is supported by the 900 plus automotive suppliers that call our state home. The new investment and job creation from Martinrea underscore the robust business environment that Tennessee offers global automotive companies. I want to thank Martinrea for its continued commitment to Tennessee and the impact these new jobs will have for the residents of Robertson County,” Rolfe said.
Martinrea designs and manufactures Lightweight Structures and Propulsion Systems. The company has 57 other locations in addition to the one in Robertson, including in the U.S., Canada, and China.
“Expanding Martinrea’s facility in Robertson County was a logical decision for us due to its skilled workforce and close proximity to our customers,” Pat D’Eramo, Martinrea’s International President and CEO said. “We are excited to see the continued growth of the automotive industry in Tennessee and would like to thank Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe for their leadership in this sector.”
Robertson County Mayor, Billy Vogle, also voiced excitement about the new facility expansion.
“Martinrea International has been a valued corporate citizen in Robertson County for many years and we are proud that they have chosen to invest in an expansion of their facility in Springfield and add new jobs for our community,” Vogle said.
TNECD has supported ten projects in Robertson County over the past five years, contributing to over two thousand new jobs and around $688 million in investment. The department seeks out new corporate investments to bring to the state as a way to create new jobs and economic growth.
“TVA and Springfield Department of Electricity congratulate Martinrea on its decision to expand operations in Robertson County,” TVA senior Vice President of Economic Development said. It’s always an exciting day when we can celebrate a company’s continued commitment to job creation and investment in the Valley. We are proud to partner with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, City of Springfield, and Robertson County Economic Development Board to support existing industry growth from companies like Martinrea, and celebrate this announcement.”
About the Author:
Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative
Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Directory for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen and the Crossville Chronicle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com