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When Tractor Supply Company officials decided to move their corporate office from its current location in Brentwood, they didn't have to look very far.
Not much beyond their parking lot, as a matter of fact.
"We considered other opportunities within Middle Tennessee, but felt that staying in Brentwood and Williamson County was the best option for Tractor Supply," says Greg Sandfort, the company's president and CEO.
Tractor Supply Co., the nation's largest retail and farm ranch supply store chain, has been leasing space in Maryland Farms since 2004. It is building a 260,000-square-foot building just one block over on Virginia Way, and expects completion by mid-2014.
"We have been a proud member of the Brentwood and Williamson County business communities for more than eight years," Sandfort adds, "and we are pleased that we will continue to call this area our home."
Exceptional Quality of Life
There is a long list of companies that call Williamson County home in terms of corporate or regional headquarters, including not only Tractor Supply but also Nissan North America, Jackson National Life, Community Health Systems, Healthways and Verizon Wireless.
Of particular note are Mars Petcare and The Nutro Company, which have had their home offices in Franklin since 2006 and 2007, respectively. The companies are building an $87 million regional innovation center in nearby Thompson's Station that will be the home base for creating future pet care innovations for their North America market.
The four-building campus will support 144 employees upon its expected completion in spring 2014, and all corporate office employees will eventually move from the location in Cool Springs to Thompson's Station.
"It's no secret that areas with an exceptional quality of life attract and retain the best talent, and Williamson County is certainly this type of place," says Debra Fair, vice president of corporate affairs at Mars Petcare. "Its central location provides us with the best access to key customers, consumers, suppliers and our manufacturing operations. It gives us a clear advantage."
Partners in Growth
Government partnerships were also instrumental in Tractor Supply's decision to stay put in Williamson County.
"This transition would not have been possible without the assistance of our government partners at the city, county and state levels," Sandfort says.
Tractor Supply is experiencing impressive growth, and its total of 650 employees at its Brentwood location is expected to be more than 1,000 at the new facility. Known as its Store Support Center, Tractor Supply's headquarters will be a LEED-certified building located in a new development on Virginia Way. It's part of a recently approved development that will include a new City of Brentwood passive park named Margaret Hayes Powell Park.
"Our Store Support Center is currently responsible for supporting nearly 1,200 stores in 45 states," Sandfort says. "In 2013 alone, we plan to open 100-105 new stores, and this rapid growth has created a need for more space for our Store Support Center team members."
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