Manufacturer to bring 50 jobs to Knox County

Manufacturer of concert lighting equipment to bring 50 jobs to Knox Co.


KNOXVILLE (WATE) - A manufacturer that makes lighting equipment for concerts is coming to Knoxville and bringing 50 jobs with it.

Tomcat USA plans to open a manufacturing facility in East Knox County's Forks of the River Industrial Park. 

The announcement represents an investment of $2 million and the creation of 50 jobs.

"On behalf of Gov. Haslam, I would like to welcome Tomcat USA to Tennessee," Bill Hagerty, commissioner of economic and community development for the state, said. "The company's decision to locate in Knox County is great for the region, and we appreciate their investment in our state."

Tomcat USA, a member of the Milos Group, manufactures engineered structural trussing systems and distributes CM Chain Hoists primarily for use in the entertainment industry. 

"I am looking forward to having the Tomcat facility located in Knoxville and to continue growing the business with the exceptional workforce we have in this area," Mike Garl, president, Tomcat USA, said. "I would also like to thank the Knoxville Chamber and the state of Tennessee for working with us in our site location efforts during the past 18 months. Their efforts have been tremendously helpful during this process."

"I'm pleased that Tomcat has decided to land in Knox County," Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. "Every job is important, and the addition of 50 new manufacturing jobs over the next few years is another step toward getting Knox County out of this recession."

The Milos Group is the world's largest manufacturer of aluminum truss with facilities in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy, China and now Knoxville, Tenn.

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