Knoxville business to expand, add more than 100 jobs

Knoxville business to expand, add more than 100 jobs

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ARC has been headquartered in Knoxville since 1992. The expansion increases the number of employees by 50 percent. ARC has been headquartered in Knoxville since 1992. The expansion increases the number of employees by 50 percent.
We're seeing lots of good automotive expansion, and anytime you continue to see growth and expansion as companies are new looking at a region, they like to go to regions that are growing," Doug Lawyer said. We're seeing lots of good automotive expansion, and anytime you continue to see growth and expansion as companies are new looking at a region, they like to go to regions that are growing," Doug Lawyer said.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - ARC Automotive, a global manufacturer of airbag inflator products, will soon add two new production lines at it's Third Creek facility.

The $3 million investment will create 115 new jobs at the facility.

ARC has been headquartered in Knoxville since 1992. The expansion increases the number of employees by 50 percent.

"Once we get them here, we keep 'em," Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. "It's exactly what we're seeing, they are finding out what a great area this is to do business in."

This is the company's largest job expansion since the recession in 2008.

Several other automotive supply companies have expressed interest in relocating to Knoxville.

Doug Lawyer oversees economic development for the Knoxville Chamber. He says the auto industry is growing locally.

"It's automotive component sectors of companies that we're trying to recruit here to this region," Lawyer said.

Just last week Alcoa Aluminum expanded to keep up with increased demand for aluminum to make new vehicles.

SL America and Eagle Bend, both located in Anderson County, have expanded their operations within the past few years.

We're seeing lots of good automotive expansion, and anytime you continue to see growth and expansion as companies are new looking at a region, they like to go to regions that are growing," Lawyer said.

Most of the 115 new ARC jobs are on the production line, with pay at $15-an-hour or more.

The company plans to start hiring sometime this year, although there is no definite timetable.

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