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Published June 18, 2021
The Tennessee Conservative Staff –
On Thursday, June 17, Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced new jobs coming to Tennessee through Helen of Troy Limited’s new distribution center.
Helen of Troy Limited designs, develops, and markets housewares and health, home, and beauty products. Their new facility will be located in Gallaway in Fayette County, and will create 350 jobs.
Governor Lee said, “These 350 new jobs will provide tremendous opportunities for West Tennessee’s skilled workforce. I thank Helen of Troy for choosing Tennessee and am confident that they will find great success doing business in Fayette County.”
The facility will be two-million square feet and is being built specifically for the Housewares operations. This includes the OXO and Hydro Flask brands.
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“Helen of Troy is a global consumer products company with a portfolio that includes some of the world’s best-known brands, and its intention to create 350 new jobs will place them as one of the top three employers in Fayette County,” Rolfe said. “Thanks to the work of TDOT and the completion of the new exit on I-40, hundreds of residents in Fayette County will have access to hundreds of outstanding family-wage jobs.”
TNECD has been behind 95 development projects in the last five years in the Greater Memphis area. These efforts have resulted in over 14,000 jobs and around $5 billion in investments.
Gallaway City Mayor Jamie Mayo said the new project would have a huge impact on the region.
Mayo said, “This massive new project is a game changer for Gallaway and we are thrilled to partner with Hillwood and Helen of Troy to bring jobs and capital investment to our city. We appreciate the hard work of the State of Tennessee, Fayette County, Jones Lang LaSalle, our City of Gallaway staff and Board of Commissioners in making this project happen.”
“At Helen of Troy, we pride ourselves on being a part of the communities in which we live and work,” CEO Julien R. Mininberg said. “We encourage and support our associates to stay actively involved in their communities, and we welcome the opportunity to be a part of Gallaway’s continued growth and success. Having grown our sales by more than 60 percent since we launched our Transformation Plan seven years ago to over $2 billion, this new distribution center is a critical project to catch up with our expansion and deliver on our future growth strategies with greater scale and efficiency. The new facility expands our distribution operations in the region, allowing us to re-optimize our existing facilities to better fit the specific needs of each of our business segments as we serve our retail and direct-to- consumer customers.”
Construction for the new facility is set to start in July of 2021, and will be completed by the end of 2022.
Senator Page Walley hopes the new development will strengthen the economy and community in Fayette County.
“This significant investment is great news for Fayette County and the Gallaway community,” Walley said. “It will result in 350 new jobs which will help strengthen the local economy and improve our community. I am pleased Helen of Troy has chosen Fayette County for this new building. I appreciate the work of local officials, Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe and his team for securing this investment.”