Anderson County site selected for company investment

Anderson County site selected for company investment

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The Clinton I-75 Industrial Park was tapped for a push to bring-in investment Friday, it was named as a new site for the Select Tennessee Certified States Program. The Clinton I-75 Industrial Park was tapped for a push to bring-in investment Friday, it was named as a new site for the Select Tennessee Certified States Program.
"When prospects come to us, we don't have to say, let us get back to you and tell you what we have in our inventory. we can literally present them a list and work with them from there," said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam. "When prospects come to us, we don't have to say, let us get back to you and tell you what we have in our inventory. we can literally present them a list and work with them from there," said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

CLINTON (WATE) - The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development has announced four new locations ready for company investment. One of those sites is located in East Tennessee.

The Clinton I-75 Industrial Park was tapped for a push to bring-in investment Friday, it was named as a new site for the Select Tennessee Certified States Program.

The park has 1,500 employees and is home to three international automotive supply distributors.

Officials say the site hadn't been adequately prepared in the past few years to attract more companies to the business park.

"In the we didn't really have the information that needed on the site to make it ready to be used immediately," said Tim Thompson, president of the Anderson County Economic Development Association.

Thompson says the park hopes to attract more companies, including those from the automotive manufacturing sector.

Clinton Industrial Park is now part of the state's Certified States Program, which helps business parks and their nearby communities with training and tax incentive programs.

The Select Tennessee Certified Sites program was launched last year with the goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion. The program sets a rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making location decisions.

There are currently 26 Greenfield sites available in 19 different counties across the state.

"When prospects come to us, we don't have to say, let us get back to you and tell you what we have in our inventory. we can literally present them a list and work with them from there," said Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam.

Three of the certified sites are located in Roane County, like 40 acres of the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park, and 100 acres of the Horizon Center in Oak Ridge.  

A development area of the Horizon Center was certified in June, but no new businesses have re-located there since.

The land is located next to the Department of Energy's new carbon fiber technology facility.

"We also have an unique opportunity in oak ridge to go after nuclear supply chain, advanced manufacturing, additive manufacturing, a lot of the high-tech manufacturing techniques," said Steve Jones, a consultant for the City of Oak Ridge Industrial Development Board. 

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development will contract with site-selection firms used to help companies looking at the different certified sites.  Officials say the move will help more rural communities and counties, who can't always absorb the cost to lure companies.

Qualifications include having at least 20 developable acres, proper zoning in place to allow for ease of development and truck-quality road access.

The four new sites are American Way in Lauderdale County, City of Milan Industrial Park in Gibson County and Rialto Industrial in Tipton County.

State officials say in October  the program helped to lure the South Korean Company Hankook Tire to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Clarksville, creating nearly 2,000 jobs.

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