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Why Are Companies Investing in Robertson County, TN?

Skilled workforce, excellent schools, and logistics-friendly location make this region near Nashville a hot commodity.

By Bill Lewis on June 4, 2022

Puritan Medical Products in Orlinda, TN
Puritan Medical Products

North America’s largest producer of COVID-19 testing swabs, an international manufacturer of lightweight automotive parts, a global maker of advanced household appliances and a company supplying components for the aerospace industry may seem completely different, but they have something important in common.

All of them have selected Robertson County as a place to invest, innovate and create jobs.

Robertson County’s skilled workforce, great schools, welcoming business environment and logistics-friendly location put the county at the front of the line ahead of competing communities.

New expansion at Electrolux in Springfield, TN

Electrolux Expanding in Robertson County

“We are modernizing our factory, advancing our employees’ manufacturing skills and making a significant investment in the Springfield community,” says Nolan Pike, head of Electrolux North America.

Electrolux is investing $250 million in the expansion of its operations in Springfield, TN. The project includes a new factory and an energy-efficient warehouse connected by a quarter-mile-long underground tunnel.

The company expanded the campus to produce wall ovens and gas and electric freestanding ranges. Electrolux also has a large research and development team in Springfield focused on designing cooking innovations for consumers around the world.

Map of Robertson County, TN

Welcome to Robertson County, Tennessee

Puritan Medical Products, North America’s largest manufacturer of COVID-19 testing swabs, selected Orlinda as the site of its new manufacturing and distribution operations. The company is investing $220 million and will create 625 jobs over several years.

The family-owned company, which is based in Maine, expects to produce up to 200 million testing swabs every month in Orlinda.

“We are announcing expansion plans into the state of Tennessee in order to continue to grow our company and diversify geographically,” says Timothy Templet, executive vice president of global sales for Puritan. “We are enthused about working with the good people of Tennessee, where we have received a very warm welcome. We currently have 1,400 hardworking employees in Maine, and we will hire 625 employees in Tennessee.”

“Tennessee has built a broad education system that includes developing a skilled and professional labor force that is attractive to business.”

Kenichi Ogaki | Advanex Americas

White House was the top choice for Advanex Americas when the company decided to relocate its headquarters and manufacturing operations from California. The company makes components for a wide range of industries, including automotive, medical, agriculture and aerospace.

Japan-based Advanex is investing $17 million in Robertson County and creating 102 jobs. “Advanex Japan and Advanex Americas are excited to be building a facility in White House after a search that spanned over two years and several states,” says Kenichi Ogaki, president of Advanex Americas.

The company was impressed by Tennessee’s skilled workforce, the welcoming business climate and the responsiveness of state and local officials that enabled the project to move forward on the company’s quick timeline, he says.

Diverse Economy in Robertson County

Other businesses with major operations in Robertson County include Lowe’s, which selected Coopertown as the location of its first direct-to-consumer fulfillment center; Dometic, which manufactures fixtures and appliances for the RV industry; and Airtech, a manufacturer of vacuum bagging and composite tooling. Dorman Products and Macy’s Logistics also have operations in the county.

Martinrea International, a global automotive parts manufacturer, has operations in 57 locations around the world, including China, South Africa, Europe and Japan. However, the company selected Robertson County for a major expansion. The company is investing $40 million in its Robertson County operations and creating 97 new jobs. Martinrea will upgrade its equipment, add additional robots and welding cells, and add 30,000 square feet to its existing facility in Springfield.

Martinrea is engaged in the design, development and manufacturing of highly engineered, value-added lightweight structures and propulsion systems.

“Expanding Martinrea’s facility in Robertson County was a logical decision for us due to its skilled workforce and close proximity to our customers,” says Martinrea International President and CEO Pat D’Eramo.

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