TN Gov. Lee announces multi-million dollar investments & new jobs in Rhea, Sequatchie Co.

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UPDATE:

Gov. Bill Lee announces STULZ Air Technology Systems Inc. is investing $2 million and creating 250 jobs in Rhea County.

Watch the announcement in Dayton below:

NewsChannel 9's Bliss Zechman was there for the announcement.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) released a statement Wednesday, which says STULZ will be opening a manufacturing facility in Dayton.

STULZ manufactures HVAC equipment and solutions, and according to ECD officials will establish its operations in the former International Automotive Components building at 311 Greenway Blvd.

“STULZ’s decision to create hundreds of jobs in Rhea County is tremendous news for Southeast Tennessee,” Governor Lee said. “We’re committed to supporting job growth in rural Tennessee, and an investment like this from STULZ will spark terrific economic activity in Rhea County and the area.”

With its global headquarters in Hamberg, Germany, STULZ operates 10 other production facilities across the globe, employing more than 7,200 people.

This is a developing story - depend on us to update it as we learn more.

PREVIOUSLY IN DUNLAP, TN:

Gov. Lee announced in Dunlap that Hubner Manufacturing is investing $9.6 million and adding 66 new jobs to Sequatchie County.

Watch the announcement below:

Hubner, a subsidiary of Germany-based Hubner Group, plans to create 66 jobs in Sequatchie County over the next five years. The company manufactures a wide range of products for the transportation and energy sectors.

Hubner will build a 36,000-square-foot building on Tram Trail in the Dunlap Industrial Park. Construction of the new facility will begin in the second quarter of 2019. Hubner will produce extruded and molded rubber parts, gaskets, and seals for the transportation, oil and gas, and aerospace industries. Window systems, handicap lifts & ramps, and possibly gangways systems are under consideration for a later phase.

“Dunlap was selected over 11 other sites across six different states,” Ron Paquette, CEO of Hubner North America, said. “The cooperation and support provided by the local, county, and state officials surpassed competing locations and the local workforce demonstrated a strong work ethic and sense of pride in quality that best fit our family-owned company.

“Hubner is looking forward to establishing partnerships with the local high school and nearby universities to sponsor STEM projects, apprenticeship opportunities, and workforce development programs,” Paquette added.

This story will be updated.

PREVIOUSLY:

An email from Tennessee Governor Bill Lee says the governor and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe will make two economic development announcements in the NewsChannel 9 viewing area on Wednesday: one in Dunlap, and one in Dayton.

The Dunlap announcement is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. Central time at the Dunlap Training Center.

The Dayton announcement is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at 311 Greenway Boulevard. That is the former site of International Automotive Components.

The email says local officials will join Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe for the announcement - but it stops short of saying specifically what the announcements will be.

NewsChannel 9 plans more coverage of this story as it develops later on Wednesday afternoon. Depend on us to bring you updates as we get them.

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