Manufacturer shifts 100 jobs to Maryville

Manufacturer shifts 100 jobs to Maryville from Puerto Rico, Ohio

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MARYVILLE (WATE) - A company that makes hot surface igniters used in appliances, BBQ grills and scientific instruments announced Wednesday it is shifting production and its headquarters to Blount County.

The move by Surface Igniter LLC will result in 100 new jobs in Maryville and a $3.8 million investment.

The first 54 jobs will come from Surface Igniter's manufacturing facility in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. The company has been located there since 1954.

Manufacturing will be moved to a 55,000-square foot industrial building at 1709 Henry G Lane in Maryville. The facility was formerly home to Klote International, a company that makes furniture.

Managers and staff from the company's headquarters in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, will also relocate to Maryville.

Company officials say the labor force is expected to double in the next three years.

Hiring for the first jobs, maintenance and furnace operators, will begin in two weeks, company officials said. Additional hiring will be done in October and November.

The company expects to begin production in Maryville in November.

Interested applicants can send their resume to jobs@surfaceigniter.com.

Surface Igniter was formerly a part of The Carborundum Company, producer of the first silicon carbide gas igniter in the industry.

The igniter was initially used as the ignition source for gas clothes dryers in the 1970s, but has since been used in many applications because of its reliability and cost effectiveness.

Surface Igniter also operates a production facility in Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China.

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