Greene County has been featured in the May/June 2013 issue of Expansion Solutions magazine.
An article on the German automotive sector highlights the recent Huf expansion in Greeneville and the workforce that helped make it possible.
Here are some excerpts from that article:
"Led by several major German auto companies, an advanced manufacturing hub is forming along Tennessee's Interstate 81 corridor."
In Greeneville, the article reported, "German-owned Huf North America credits the local workforce as a driving factor in the company's January 2013 announcement of a $20 million expansion to the Greeneville plant with the planned addition of at least 100 new jobs.
Ironically, only about two years ago Huf North America announced it had targeted the Greeneville plant for closure. A few months later, that decision was reversed.
According to Michael Supe, president & CEO of Huf North America, "We could identify that, here in Greeneville, we could count on our employees, like a big family."
They did not hesitate to give us a clear sign that, they would not hesitate and that they would stick together -- not only in good times, but in bad times as well."
The decision to reinvest in the Greeneville facility has proven to be sound as new contracts from Ford and BMW have been awarded, including a contract to supply every BMW plant worldwide."
"We were competing with another Huf facility in Wisconsin for this expansion," said Tom Ferguson, president and CEO of the Greene County Partnership, "and I really think it was the large local and state incentive package, Greeneville's outstanding workforce, and our favorable location to serve BMW in South Carolina and Volkswagen in Chattanooga that ultimately put us over the top."
The article goes on to state that, "Alan Bridwell, director of the Northeast Tennessee Valley Regional Industrial Development Association, affirms that, 'the Volkswagen decision to build their facility in [Chattanooga] Tennessee has been a game changer in recruiting German investments.
"Tennessee now has a strong identity with EU companies and a proven track record of success."