30 new jobs headed to Oak Ridge as manufacturer expands

30 new jobs headed to Oak Ridge as manufacturer expands

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"We have a commitment to East Tennessee. Most of our management grew up in East Tennessee, so we want to stay in this area," said Protomet Corp. Founder and President Jeff Bohanan. "We have a commitment to East Tennessee. Most of our management grew up in East Tennessee, so we want to stay in this area," said Protomet Corp. Founder and President Jeff Bohanan.
Currently, 45 employees work for Protomet, making the dozens of metal components they provide for automotive, military, security, and marine companies. Currently, 45 employees work for Protomet, making the dozens of metal components they provide for automotive, military, security, and marine companies.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

OAK RIDGE (WATE) - People in Oak Ridge got some good economic news Tuesday, as a local business is expanding and adding 30 new jobs.

Protomet Corporation, a manufacturing company, will fill those positions over the next three years.

Currently, 45 employees work for Protomet, making the dozens of metal components they provide for automotive, military, security, and marine companies.

They also provide engineering, consulting and design.

Protomet also makes its own line of mirrors for boats, called PTMEdge Watersports.

The company's products have become so sought after recently, they're now bursting at the seams of their current building in Oak Ridge.

They're expanding to keep up with the demand, and that means new jobs right here at home.

"We have a commitment to East Tennessee. Most of our management grew up in East Tennessee, so we want to stay in this area," said Protomet Corp. Founder and President Jeff Bohanan.

Founded in 1997, the company has been in its current facility since 2005.

Since then, Protomet has grown by more than five times its original size.

Starting in the next few months, they're adding 22,000 square feet of space, which is the perfect size for those 30 new jobs.

"It is exciting and it's humbling when you pull everybody together and you see how many families are impacted by what we do or don't do. Our ability to execute impacts our ability to provide those jobs," said Bohanan.

The company is also consolidating offices, closing one they just acquired in Blount County and bringing those workers to the Oak Ridge office.

Protomet hopes to receive a 100 percent tax abatement from the city of Oak Ridge, meaning they'll build the new addition tax free. The request has already been approved by the Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board.

Bohanan says they hope to break ground by May or June and then celebrate their grand opening by the end of 2013.

They're already taking applications online for the positions, which they will fill gradually over the next several months.

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