TE Connectivity, 509 Airpark Drive, will invest more than $15.7 million to expand its Tullahoma operations and create approximately 100 new jobs in Coffee County over the next three years, state and company officials announced Tuesday.
It’s an expansion anticipated in November 2017 by plant manager Bryan Hall, who noted when celebrating that year’s fourth quarter results, “The people here have done such a good job of turning this plant around that they are considering us for all kinds of new business.”
Based in Switzerland, the $14 billion global industrial technology company designs and manufactures more than 500,000 “products that connect and protect the flow of power and data” inside the things people use every day, from consumer electronics and communication networks to agricultural, automotive, aviation and aerospace equipment.
TE Connectivity joined the Tullahoma landscape after the company acquired Deutsch in 2012.
The Tullahoma plant specializes in multi-pin connectors that will be used in harsh environments. The connectors empower heavy construction, mining and agriculture equipment, as well as commercial vehicles. Including Deutsch operations, the company has operated in Tullahoma since 1997.
With this expansion, TE Connectivity plans to update its current facility in Tullahoma and add new equipment to its operations. The site expansion will add approximately 100 new jobs, including assembly and molding operators, maintenance technicians, engineers and supervisors.
“We have a very dedicated team in Tullahoma that has worked very hard over the last few years to win new business,” said Hall. “I am happy to see all of the hard work pay off. This is great news for the plant and the community, and we are excited to expand our workforce in Tullahoma as our growth continues.”
“We are excited about this development and I want to thank Bryan Hall and his team at TE Connectivity for this investment in our city,” said Tullahoma Mayor Lane Curlee. “They have been a valued member of our business community for many years now, and their increased presence will make Tullahoma’s economic vitality even stronger.”
Tennessee Economic and Community Development (TNECD), TVA Economic Development and the Industrial Board of Coffee County assisted in the expansion project.
“Tennessee puts a major emphasis on recruiting foreign direct investment to our state,” said TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “TE Connectivity is one of 49 Swiss companies that call Tennessee home, and we appreciate the company’s decision to expand in Tullahoma and continue to invest in our state.”
Since 2013, TNECD has supported 11 projects in Coffee County, resulting in the creation of more than 1,000 new jobs and approximately $187 million in capital investment.
“TVA and Tullahoma Utilities Systems Authority [sic] congratulate TE Connectivity on its decision to expand operations in Tullahoma,” said TVA General Manager of Global Business Heidi Smith. “Helping to foster new job opportunities and investment in the region is core to TVA’s mission of service, and we are committed to furthering that mission along with our partners at Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation, Coffee County Industrial Development Board, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.”
Last month, TE Connectivity Ltd. reported net sales of $3.4 billion during the fiscal third quarter, which ended June 28.
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