(NASHVILLE, TN), September 7, 2011 – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) said that if Senate and House Democrats in Tennessee really want to positively impact the economy, instead of the jobs tour announced today, they should head north to the White House to talk to the President about his failed economic policies. Norris, who called the Democrat announcement the “Obama Apology Tour,” said Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has done well over the past nine months in the face of the national unemployment and debt crisis.
“They are going to find what we — who talk with our constituents every day –already know; that the failed policies from Washington are destroying our U.S. economy and killing jobs,” said Leader Norris. “In order to get our economy back on track and grow jobs, we must have new leadership in the White House.”
Tennessee’s unemployment rate peaked under Governor Phil Bredesen’s administration in June 2009 at 10.8 percent. In August, the unemployment rate was 9.8 percent.
The announcement also came on the heels of last week’s announcement that a Michigan-based automotive supplier is planning a $23 million manufacturing facility to produce injection molded plastics for a wide variety of automotive manufacturers beginning in early 2012, creating 400 jobs in Perry County over a five-year period. Other August jobs announcements in Tennessee include:
- An announcement by Quaprotek USA to locate a manufacturing facility for the production of metal parts for vehicles, engines and power trains in Ripley, Tenn. The German-based company will invest $22 million to fit out a 63,000 square foot existing building on Highland Street in Ripley, creating 126 jobs over a five year period to supply leading manufacturers within the automotive industry.
- Sekisui Plastics decision to locate a second manufacturing facility in Mt. Pleasant with a $3 million investment and creating 25 new jobs over a four year period.
- Expansion of the ABC Group Fuel Systems in Gallatin, representing a $5 million investment by the company and creating 114 new jobs.
The decision by C&F Group to locate a manufacturing facility in Kingsport, Tenn. The Ireland-based company will invest $12.5 million and create 450 new jobs over a four year period.
- An announcement by Kruger to expand its existing Memphis mill with a $316 million investment and the creation of 100 direct jobs in Memphis, as well as protecting 2,400 existing jobs in the company’s facilities in both the U.S. and Canada.
- Meritor, Inc.’s decision to expand its precision forging manufacturing operations in Morristown, with an investment of $26.6 million in new production equipment to serve the needs of the North American commercial truck market and creating 29 new positions.
“We had some very significant jobs announcements across the state during the past 30 days,” added Norris. “The Democrat tour, much like the Obama bus tour, is more about politics than job growth.”