Photo by Josh Cross, Courtesy the Tennessean/Gallatin News Examiner
$25.5-million, 230 New Jobs
NASHVILLE (July 10, 2014) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ABC Group Inc. officials announced today the company will add an additional 180,000 square feet to its existing Gallatin facility in response to increased demand for automotive related products. ABC Group will invest $25.5 million in land, infrastructure and equipment and create 230 new jobs over the next five years in Sumner County. “I am very pleased that ABC Group chose to expand their facility in Gallatin. I know they had several options,” Gallatin Mayor Jo Ann Graves said. “Existing business is the backbone of our community and as they expand, the city benefits from their growth. I appreciate the assistance of the Tennessee Department of Transportation and Department of Economic and Community Development in making this expansion possible.” Read more in The Tennessean and see the state’s news release.
L-R: Rob Jones, Plant Manager for American Colors Inc (ACI); Matt Kosior, COO for ACI; Mayor Jo Ann Graves; Jim Wible, President/CEO of ACI; James Fenton, EDA Executive Director ; Jim Hallock, VP of ACI
American Colors Inc. broke ground in Gallatin’s Industrial Center today on a $3.7-million manufacturing and research facility that will bring 31 new jobs to the City. The Gallatin facility will produce products for the composites, coatings, plastics and agricultural industries and also include a research lab housing chemists and technicians. American Colors anticipates the facility will be fully operational by the first quarter of 2015. American Colors is a manufacturer of high quality liquid pigment systems and intermediates specializing in customer-focused solutions to complex coatings and colorants problems. The company enlists personnel and couples them with premium production equipment and state-of-the-art laboratory instruments. Read The News Examiner story (here).
Joe Thompson, who served 18 years as the City Attorney for the City of Gallatin, was sworn in today as Sumner County’s Circuit Court Judge. The Honorable Joe Thompson replaces his mentor, the late Judge Buck Rogers, who passed away unexpectedly in February of this year. Judge Thompson was elected to the post in the May primary and sworn in early by order of Governor Haslam.
Pictured from L-R: Juvenile Court Judge Barry Brown, Criminal Court Judge Dee Gay, Special Judge by Designation of the Supreme Court Jane Wheatcraft, newly sworn-in Circuit Court Judge Joe Thompson, General Sessions Judge Jim Hunter, Chancery Court Judge Tom Gray.
Firing on All Cylinders
$129-million Capital Investments
1,000-plus new jobs
Column by James Fenton
Director, Gallatin Economic Development Agency
When you live in a city and see it every day, it’s often hard to realize the change and growth that occurs. Some projects take years to complete, and by the time they are done they have become the norm.
Less than eight years ago, Vietnam Veterans Boulevard wasn’t open all the way into Gallatin – you had to take Nashville Pike. Sumner Regional Medical Center’s award-winning patient tower opened just six years ago. And, the new gateway 109 Bridge that opened less than three months ago is now the everyday trip for some travelers.
Gallatin is firing on all cylinders spurring growth that’s getting national and international attention. But, when companies look to relocate or expand, they look at more than new roads or new buildings as they drive through town. They look at many layers of a city – and some of those layers you can’t see:
- The fact that Gallatin was recently named the 12th safest city in Tennessee is important – it matters.
- The fact that our Fire/EMS/911 response-times are excellent matters.
- The fact that we have more than 600 acres of parks that are vibrant matters.
- The fact that we have excess water and sewer capacity matters.
- The fact that we have the lowest electrical rates in the TVA service area matters.
- The fact that we’re in the top 20 of business-friendly cities in Tennessee matters.
- The fact that Gallatin is a city of people who care about their community and its future – it matters.
In thepast 18 months, the City of Gallatin has seen $129 million in capital investment and 1,000 primary jobs announced in the manufacturing sector along with $68 million invested and 200 jobs created in the medical arena – $29-million by Sumner Regional and $39-million by NHC.
And the growth is diverse. Along with manufacturing and medical, it includes distribution, automotive, and industrial. These statistics don’t even include the retail growth that is driven by job growth in the community. We have new retail, new restaurants, and new services.
Congratulations are in order to the elected officials whose vision, guidance and investment over the years have put the city in position to take advantage of a recovering economy and bring growth to Gallatin. Congratulations to the community as a whole for being a part of the process – for maintaining the history and character of the city while welcoming the future. And congratulations to those existing businesses and retailers who helped establish Gallatin as a city on the move.
These investment and job announcements in such a short time span are unprecedented in Gallatin’s history, but they are an indicator of what is on Gallatin’s horizon. With continued diligence and investment, the City has established a framework from which Gallatin can flourish.