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Maury County Checks All the Boxes for Companies Looking to Grow

Maury County draws in businesses from a variety of industries.

By Bill Lewis on September 15, 2021

Maury County has proven itself year after year as a business destination. This can be seen in the slew of new developments taking place across the community, from General Motors and LG’s announcement to build a $2.3 billion electric vehicle battery plant to SmileDirectClub’s $34 million manufacturing facility to Groove Life’s $1.9 million expansion of its operations.

What is it that makes Maury County a top draw for businesses in a variety of industries? A highly motivated workforce, a lower cost of doing business, available rail service, a central location with access to three interstate highways and a quality of life that blends outdoor recreation with the entertainment options of Tennessee’s capital city nearby.

Maury County checked all the boxes for True Rail Enterprises, which services and repairs freight cars for railroads, including CSX, Canadian Pacific and several private equity companies.

“We have discovered an incredible workforce of men and women who love their community and are passionate about providing for their families and future,” says John Powers, CEO of True Rail Enterprises. “Also, we have experienced open arms from the business sector, including the Maury County Chamber & Economic Alliance, the City of Columbia and the City of Mt. Pleasant, which is home to our central office.”

“We have discovered an incredible workforce of men and women who love their community and are passionate about providing for their families and future.”

John Powers

True Rail Enterprises

Rail service provided by Patriot Rail was a major attraction for True Rail, Powers says. Patriot Rail provides freight service between Maury County and northern Alabama.

True Rail plans to employ 80 people, including highly skilled welders, laborers and office personnel.

“These high-paying jobs certainly affect the financial climate of families who reside in and near Maury County,” Powers says.

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International Destination

Businesses from around the globe and across the country have found a home in Maury County. They include Canada’s Samuel, Son & Co., which has a global network of integrated metal manufacturing, processing and distribution divisions, international auto component supplier Faurecia Interior Systems, Italy’s Landmark Ceramics and auto component supplier Fuel Total Systems and Sekisui Plastics, both of Japan.

Documotion Research Inc. chose Maury County as the location of its first operation outside California, where it is headquartered. The company manufactures labels for a variety of business sectors, including food service, health care and others.

“Tennessee was selected due to its location in the center of the Eastern USA, incentives offered to us to expand here and because it has zero personal state income taxes on wages. Once we focused on Tennessee, Maury County was selected because of the business-friendly environment, welcoming incentives and a strong but relatively lower cost labor pool. And we found an excellent production facility that was perfect for us,” says President Joel Van Boom. Documotion is investing $9.3 million and creating 80 jobs in Maury County, where it is expanding production of its patented line of StickyPOS self-cleaning linerless labels.

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Innovative Ideas

Groove Life invested $1.9 million to expand its Spring Hill headquarters and manufacturing operation. The investment is creating 76 new jobs over five years.

“Including our full-time, part-time, remote workers and flexible part-time, we are sitting at 190 today, with several job openings available,” says Kevin Beasley, Groove Life’s director of culture and outreach.

Founded in 2015, Groove Life manufactures silicone rings, watchbands and other accessories designed for active lifestyles. Customers can choose breathable silicone rings from six collections as well as a custom collection for both men and women. Groove Life manufactures the world’s first breathable silicone watchband. Designs fit Apple, Fitbit and Samsung watches.

“Groove Life is proud to be part of the Maury County community,” Beasley says. “We love our relationship with Maury County for several reasons. The people here are a pleasure to work with. The cost of living and cost of doing business, along with its proximity to Nashville, are very desirable. We also love what is happening with the revitalization of some of the downtown areas in Maury County.”

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