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Published July 27, 2021
The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
Integrated Biometric Technology (IBT) LLC announced on Monday, July 26, they will be establishing a new corporate headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee. The announcement was made alongside Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. The headquarters will lead to over one hundred jobs in the region.
“I am proud to welcome IBT to the world-class list of innovative companies that have chosen Tennessee for their headquarters,” Lee said. “The number of tech jobs in Tennessee far outpaces the national average and continues to grow, thanks to our business-friendly climate and skilled workforce.”
IBT specializes in biometric technologies to authenticate and manage identities, and run criminal history background checks through the FBI.
The IBT headquarters will create 142 new jobs for Tennesseans, and invest $2.3 million in Williamson County.
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Charles Carroll, the CEO of Integrated Biometric Technology, spoke about the company becoming part of Franklin and the rest of the county.
“IBT is excited to establish our headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee. We are a biometric technology company providing services to state and federal governments as well as the consumer markets through our sports and entertainment products. Being part of the Williamson County community will greatly assist and enhance our future development and growth,” Carroll said.
The company was founded in 1999 to provide an alternative to traditional fingerprint methods for background checks. They partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security after 9/11 to start biometric enrollment and state criminal history checks. Today, they are striving to evolve biometric enrollment and delivery methods.
“A company establishing its headquarters in Tennessee is a testament to our state’s pro-business environment and quality of life,” Rolfe said. “We continue to see an uptick in technology companies choosing to locate operations in Middle Tennessee, and IBT will continue this momentum with the creation of 140 new jobs.”
The new IBT headquarters is one of almost 30 economic development projects that TNECD has supported in Williamson County over the past five years. This has led to around 4,000 new jobs, and $382 million in investment.
Representative Brandon Ogles said he is “very proud to welcome IBT to Williamson County. Their commitment to public safety and next generation technologies is exciting for our community and our state. I thank them for their investment in our talented workforce and wish them success for many years to come.”
“Williamson County continues to be a top choice for companies looking to locate innovative technologies,” Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson said. “This shows that cultivating a pro-business environment and making key investments in education and infrastructure results in quality jobs here. Congratulations to IBT on their decision to locate their facility in Franklin and to all our state and local officials who helped bring these jobs home.”
John Bradley, the TVA senior vice president of Economic Development, said the TVA’s mission is to foster new job opportunities in Tennessee.
Bradley said the TVA is “proud to partner with Williamson Inc., and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to support companies, like IBT in furthering that mission and celebrate this announcement together.”
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, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle 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