Statement from Senator Steve Southerland regarding J&J Warehousing Announcement

(NASHVILLE, TN), January 12, 2012  —  “This is tremendous news for Greene County.  I am pleased that the State of Tennessee could partner with J & J Warehousing and our local leaders to secure these jobs.  I look forward to continuing to work with our economic development team to bring new and better paying jobs to our communities.”

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The text of the release from Governor Haslam is below:

J&J WAREHOUSING & STORAGE EXPANDS IN GREENEVILLE
37 New Jobs Created over Three Years, $600,000 Investment

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with company and local officials announced today that J&J Warehousing & Storage, Inc. will expand operations, creating 37 new jobs over the next three years.  The Greeneville, Tenn. company manufactures and assembles welded components for the automotive industry.

“When our existing Tennessee industries expand, they are paving the way for us to reach our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs, and I applaud J&J Warehousing for their additional investment in Tennessee,” Haslam said.  “Existing industries are the backbone of our state’s economy and account for the vast majority of all jobs created in our great state.” 

“Working with our partners in Greene County, we are excited that J&J Warehousing’s expansion is becoming a reality,” Hagerty added. 

The expansion is a result of another Greeneville, Tenn. company outsourcing its welding operations to J&J Warehousing instead of choosing an out of state or country provider and keeping the jobs local. 

J&J President Jerry Fortner said, “We’re very pleased to be able to assist in this effort, and we really appreciate the state of Tennessee in making this partnership possible.  J&J now has 11 employees at the site and will be increasing the numbers as this partnership demands.”

“Realizing in discussions that there was a shortage of welders in the available workforce, we initiated meetings to address this critical shortfall,” said Greene County Partnership President/CEO Tom Ferguson.  “Discussions with J&J revealed that the company actually had the capabilities of solving the outsourcing problem.  Not only does this solution provide additional local jobs, it holds down costs for transportation of parts to sources outside of the area.”

“This is one of the true benefits of a strong economic development program,” said Greene County Mayor Alan Broyles.  “We’d like to thank J&J for making the investment to create these new high-paying jobs.  We appreciate the Greene County Partnership for its pivotal role in making this happen, and, of course, we extend our gratitude to the state to pull it all together.”

J&J, which has been in business since 2002, is located on the 11E Bypass in Greeneville. 

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.

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