Major public and private investment in a new manufacturing business will bring almost 150 jobs to Campbell County.
BMT Manufacturing announced plans for to expand their operations into Campbell County, investing a total of $3.7 million and creating 148 new jobs. The announcement came in a ceremony attended Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, BMT officials, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and other dignitaries.
“I want to thank BMT Manufacturing for choosing to expand its current operations in Campbell County and for creating more than 140 new jobs in Jacksboro and Jellico,” Haslam said. “In Tennessee, we manufacture things, and the manufacturing industry is thriving, currently employing more than 340,000 Tennesseans. By choosing to grow and reinvest here, companies like BMT will help Tennessee lead in manufacturing and the creation of high-quality jobs.”
There will be two facilities. One in Jellico and another in Jacksboro. The company will be locating new operations in an existing building in Jellico and will create 100 jobs at the new location. The Jellico location is set to be operational by then end of 2018. BMT plans on expanding its current operations in Jacksboro, creating 48 new jobs at the facility.
BMT manufactures trailers for short bed, motorcycle, utility and cargo trailers. The company has been in operation since 2016 and currently employs 31 people at its location in Jacksboro.
The new venture was made possible through a private-public partnership with the city, county and state.
The city of Jellico donated the building that will house one of the facilities. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development provided a grant to rehabilitate the building. Campbell County completes the investment with a donation of seven acres around the existing Jellico building for expansion.
The company is also committed to employing previously-incarcerated individuals through a program that provides job training and employment opportunities.
“We have been blessed to have many opportunities to expand our business here in Jacksboro and to add another location in Jellico. Our goal at BMT is not only to be a profitable business but to train the previously incarcerated men in Campbell County with skills that will help them maintain long term employment and to help reduce the recidivism rate here in Campbell County. BMT works closely with A New Beginning (ANB) to offer a jail-to-job training program where a skilled workforce is lacking. The program offers previously incarcerated individuals who desire to change the direction of their lives, trade-skills training and a job at BMT with the goal of securing a long-term career,” BMT Manufacturing CEO Tony Simpson said.
“For our company to continue to grow and adapt, we need partnerships and support from the surrounding community. We are grateful to know we have that and more from the State of Tennessee, Campbell County and the city of Jellico.”