58 New Local Jobs
Part Of Upgrades
At Company's Site
Off Bohannon Ave.
BY RICH JONES
ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR
Miller Industries, the towing equipment manufacturer whose local plant is located off Bohannon Avenue, announced today that the company has launched a $1.8-million expansion.
The project, at 711 Campbell Drive, will create 58 new local jobs.
Bill Hagerty, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner, made the official announcement of the expansion in a news release today.
"Miller Industries is very pleased to be expanding our business in Greeneville," said Bill Beckley, the company's corporate director of human resources, in the news release.
"We have been blessed over the past 16 years in Greeneville with an excellent workforce and are excited about the opportunity to bring more jobs to the Greeneville community," Beckley said.
The project includes a 6,300-square-foot expansion to Miller Industries' Campbell Drive facility, along with new machinery and equipment.
In addition, Miller Industries will move into rental space at the 40,000-square-foot former Kaydon building on Bohannon Avenue.
NEW PRODUCT LINE
The expansion brings a new product line to Miller Industries that includes manufacturing and refurbishing of large over-the-road trailers that can haul up to 11 vehicles to auto dealerships, local General Manager Jake Bowers told The Greeneville Sun.
Chattanooga-based Miller Industries is a leader in towing and recovery equipment in North America. The company manufactures wreckers, car carriers known as "rollbacks" and multi-car trailers.
The 6,300-square-foot expansion in Greeneville is a shot blast facility behind the existing plant and is being used for surface preparation for steel products prior to the painting process.
The former Kaydon site, located two blocks away, will be used for refurbishing and also for final assembly of new products.
HIRING IS UNDERWAY
Bowers has been the local general manager for Miller Industries since 2005.
He said the hiring of welders, assemblers and painters has already begun and that hiring is expected to continue "for awhile."
The Greene County Partnership recruited Miller Industries to Greeneville in 1997, and the company employed approximately 88 workers in Greene County prior to the expansion now underway.
Miller Industries employs 445 workers throughout Tennessee.
COMMENT BY OFFICIALS
"Greeneville offers a great business climate for new and expanding industries," Greeneville Mayor W.T. Daniels stated in the news release.
"Miller Industries understands this and has utilized available incentives to take their company to the next level, while helping to create good-paying jobs for our community," Daniels added.
Greene County Partnership President and CEO Tom Ferguson said, "We seriously appreciate Miller Industries' continued confidence in Greeneville. In today's economic environment, 58 jobs is a big deal.
"We are also grateful to the State of Tennessee," Ferguson said, "for again providing the necessary incentives that helped push this project forward."
'I CONGRATULATE MILLER INDUSTRIES'
"A crucial part of Gov. Bill Haslam's Jobs4TN strategy is helping existing Tennessee businesses expand and remain competitive," Commissioner Hagerty stated in the news release.
"Miller Industries' expansion is a testament to the kind of business-friendly environment incumbent Tennessee businesses can count on to bolster continued success," he continued.
"I congratulate Miller Industries on their announcement."