Millions of dollars in investments to bring new jobs

Millions of dollars in investments to bring new jobs to Morristown

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Automotive supplier OTICS USA will be hiring about 100 people. Automotive supplier OTICS USA will be hiring about 100 people.
"It is definitely a move in the right direction. Very positive for our company and our employees, and also for the community," said Charlotte Jennelle, administrative manager for OTICS. "It is definitely a move in the right direction. Very positive for our company and our employees, and also for the community," said Charlotte Jennelle, administrative manager for OTICS.
Colgate-Palmolive is building a new $25 million facility next to the current one in Morristown. This will create 75 new jobs. Colgate-Palmolive is building a new $25 million facility next to the current one in Morristown. This will create 75 new jobs.

By KAYLA STRAYER
6 News Reporter

MORRISTOWN (WATE) - 6 News learned more details Thursday about millions of dollars in investments that are bringing new jobs to Morristown.

Nearly 200 positions, mainly in the manufacturing industry, are set to open up by 2016.

Automotive supplier OTICS USA will be hiring about 100 people.

"It is definitely a move in the right direction. Very positive for our company and our employees, and also for the community," said Charlotte Jennelle, administrative manager for OTICS.

Jennelle says thanks to a new deal with Toyota, the company is spending $106 million to add on nearly 100,000 square feet this year.

"We've actually already started our construction, so we will start adding people slowly now," Jennelle said.

Colgate-Palmolive is building a new $25 million facility next to the current one in Morristown. This will create 75 new jobs.

"This facility will also do oral care, but it will be more for prescriptions for dentists," Morristown Chamber of Commerce President Marshall Ramsey said.

Ramsey says this area is ideal for growth because of its location to interstates, and a large work force to choose from.

"Most of our companies, being in automotive or plastics, or food, those are things that a lot of it can't go overseas for either logistics or health reasons, so we've been pretty fortunate to have somewhat steady growth, but this has been some of the largest growth we've seen in a few years," Ramsey said.

Most of the new jobs will be in manufacturing, engineering and support positions. They are expected to be added by 2016. Ramsey told 6 News there are more than 750 jobs currently available in Morristown.

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