A Hawkins County company is expanding, bringing 33 more manufacturing jobs to the county.
Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined with Ware Manufacturing, Inc. representatives to announce the company's decision to expand its Surgoinsville facility Thursday morning.
Along with the jobs, the expansion represents an investment of nearly $1.4 million in Hawkins County.
"I am encouraged to see companies continue to expand and grow in Tennessee, and I am certain it is because of the skilled, available workforce and business-friendly environment we have here in our state," Haslam said. "Expansions like this bring us one step closer to our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs."
"Gov. Haslam's Jobs4TN economic development plan calls for our department to focus on the expansion of existing businesses within the state as job creators," Hagerty said. "Ware Manufacturing, Inc.'s decision to expand in Tennessee underscores the fact that we have the right strategies in place, and I appreciate the company's expanded investment in our state."
"Ware Manufacturing, Inc. is pleased to announce this additional investment in our Surgoinsville, Tenn. facility," Stephen Ware, president, Ware Manufacturing, Inc., said. "We recognize and appreciate the hard work and efforts of our employees and look forward to continual success in Tennessee."
"It is great to see Ware Manufacturing, Inc.'s business growing," Lynn Lawson, industrial developer for Hawkins County, said. "The expansion will give the company additional manufacturing and inventory space to accommodate its growth. The additional employment is a big plus for Hawkins County and the area in general."
"We have worked with the principals at Ware Manufacturing, Inc. for the past few months, and I was pleased when the decision was made to expand their business here at Phipps Bend Industrial Park," Larry Elkins, chairman, Hawkins County Industrial Development Board, said. "Speaking on behalf of both the Hawkins County Industrial Board and the Phipps Bend Joint Venture, this represents our continuing efforts to not only attract new industrial prospects to the area, but to foster growth and expansion of established industries as well."
"TVA is pleased to be a partner with the state of Tennessee and local community economic development leaders to assist Ware Manufacturing, Inc. as their company expands and add jobs," John Bradley, senior vice president of Economic Development, Tennessee Valley Authority, said.
Representative Mike Harrison (R-Rogersville) said, "This is great news for our area. Countless studies show the best way to get our economy back on track is for existing businesses to expand and grow their assets. Ware Manufacturing is an important part of our community and I am proud they are devoting more resources to strengthen their presence in Hawkins County."
Ware Manufacturing, Inc. is a manufacturer and distributor of pet products with facilities in Surgoinsville, Tenn. and Phoenix, Ariz. The company's Surgoinsville facility is located in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park.