Morristown manufacturer to expand and add more than 200 jobs

Morristown manufacturer to expand and add more than 200 jobs

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Oddello Industries is set to undergo a $4 million expansion. Oddello Industries is set to undergo a $4 million expansion.
"Morristown is on the cusp of taking off; it seems everything is falling into place," Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas said. "Morristown is on the cusp of taking off; it seems everything is falling into place," Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas said.
"You might have a great day, but you really don't see it until you look through the numbers maybe 90 days later, 'Hey we're 12 or 15 percent over the year before,'" said diner co-owner Lawrence Phillips. "You might have a great day, but you really don't see it until you look through the numbers maybe 90 days later, 'Hey we're 12 or 15 percent over the year before,'" said diner co-owner Lawrence Phillips.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - A Morristown manufacturer is expanding, creating hundreds of jobs in the process.

Oddello Industries, which contracts with major furniture companies, will undergo a $4 million expansion. The move is expected to create 228 new positions.

Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas said the company had already grown from just 35 employees to 415 in the past year and called it, "a testament to their ability to survive and prosper in a highly competitive market."

The company will invest $4 million into its facility on Jones-Franklin road in Morristown.

The company already has two other facilities there with 415 total employees.  

Leaders say the expansion of Oddello Industries strengthens the city's large furniture manufacturing workforce and is a sign the state is more competitive in the global market.

"That property will be mainly production-type jobs in the wood industry, which is industry that would have gone to China five or ten years ago," said Marshall Ramsey, president of the Morristown Chamber of Commerce.

The 228 jobs Oddello are bringing to Morristown are just the latest in a series of job growth.  

In May, Team Technologies, a manufacturer of dental, medical, and cosmetic products, announced the addition of 200 jobs in an $11 million dollar expansion.  

"We've got a lot of good expansion going. Eighty percent has been with existing industries," said Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas.  

Thomas says the timing of growth in the furniture-making industry is critical especially after 534 jobs were lost when the Berkline Furniture plant shutdown in 2011.  

According to the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce unemployment numbers for June, the Morristown area has an unemployment rate of 9.8%, the highest of any metropolitan area in the state.

The owners of the Jersey Girl Diner in downtown Morristown have seen a good flow of businesses in the past few years, a sign things are getting better. 

"You might have a great day, but you really don't see it until you look through the numbers maybe 90 days later, 'Hey we're 12 or 15 percent over the year before,'" said diner co-owner Lawrence Phillips.  

City officials say they've added around 600 jobs to Morristown in the past year and expect to add close to that number next year. 

"Morristown is on the cusp of taking off; it seems everything is falling into place," Thomas said.

Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain says the rapid growth of Oddello is one of the best kept secrets in Morristown.  

Anyone interested in applying for the new positions can contact Oddello Industries Human Resources Department at (423) 921-4371or jobs@oddello.com.

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