Surgoinsville, Tenn. — A Canadian manufacturing company will bring its U.S. headquarters to East Tennessee, providing 54 new jobs in Hawkins County.

RMC Advanced Technologies a subsidiary of Sigma Industries Inc., produces and sells composite components for the heavy-duty truck, coach, transit and bus, machinery, agriculture and wind energy markets. Its based in Saint-Ephrem-de-Beauce, Quebec.

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“I want to welcome RMC to Hawkins County and thank the company for choosing to locate its U.S. headquarters and manufacturing facility in Surgoinsville,” said Bob Rolfe, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner. “It means a great deal that another international-based company has chosen our state for its new operations. Tennessee is home to more than 70 Canadian-owned companies that employ approximately 8,000 Tennesseans and we appreciate RMC for creating 54 new jobs in our state and Surgoinsville.”

RMC’s new operations, which will be located in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park Spec Building in Surgoinsville, will include manufacturing and production as well as being the company’s U.S. headquarters.

“This location in the U.S. represents an important strategic milestone for us,” Denis Bertrand, president of Sigma Industries Inc., said. “It is the first step in our strategy to grow our operations in the U.S. market. In essence, it will allow us to better serve existing customers while providing us with the opportunity to grow our business in a market of significant size. Furthermore, we are proud to be in a position to serve our transit industry customers with Buy America compliant products.”

Local leaders are thrilled with the news.

“I’d like to welcome RMC to Hawkins County and look forward to the company’s future growth,” Hawkins County Mayor Melville Bailey said. “I am pleased RMC has chosen to call Phipps Bend Industrial Park home. RMC’s decision to locate here reinforces our position that Hawkins County offers the quality of workforce that industries need. We look forward to working with them to ensure many prosperous years in Hawkins County.”