(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) –– Governor Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey, and Senator Rusty Crowe recently joined Impact Plastics President Jerry O’Connor to announce a $1.3 million expansion at their Erwin, Tennessee plant. The expansion will generate 83 new jobs over the next three years, tripling their workforce.
“This is great news as these jobs will impact my entire Senate District in Washington, Carter and Unicoi Counties,” said Senator Crowe. “I am very pleased to see these new jobs coming into our area. I have impressed on the Governor that in the past, job creation efforts have seemed to stop at Knoxville. This is a major step forward and I appreciate our Governor for caring enough to personally meet with us to announce these jobs and discuss future plans for economic development.”
Governor Haslam said Tennessee led the Southeast last year in new manufacturing jobs created. He said the growth of the automotive industry and its suppliers in the state was a leading reason for the growth. Over the past few years, Tennessee has seen Nissan Motor Co. Ltd., General Motors Co. and Volkswagen expand or open new operations in the state.
“We hope this growth will continue over the next several years as this industry flourishes,” added Crowe. “Infrastructure continues to be an important asset as we prepare for these new jobs.”
After the jobs announcement, Senator Crowe asked the Governor to meet with county and town officials to discuss future needs and priorities for Unicoi County. Crowe reported the meeting was very productive.
“I appreciate the Governor and his Economic and Community Development staff for realizing the importance of focusing on Northeast Tennessee. I look for continued good news on the jobs front in the future,” Crowe concluded.