Work Where You Live in Robertson County, TN

Forget long commutes. A strong business base creates plenty of options close to home.

By
Bill Lewis
On Thursday, May 13, 2021 - 16:10
Robertson County, Tennessee

At least half of the workers in Middle Tennessee commute to another county.

However, Robertson County’s diverse economy is creating career opportunities close to home in fields as diverse as agribusiness, manufacturing, health care, logistics and the automotive industry.

Manufacturers and logistics companies include Electrolux Home Products in Springfield, TN and RV industry supplier Dometic in Greenbrier, TN.

Lowe’s DFC, the company’s first direct-to-consumer fulfillment operation, is in Coopertown, TN, and Macy’s has a major distribution center in Portland, TN. Automotive aftermarket parts producer and distributor Dorman Products has an 800,000-square-foot facility in Portland.

Together, they employ thousands of workers.

Robertson County’s 1,200 farms cover more than 200,000 acres and provide direct employment to agricultural workers while creating career opportunities in related fields, such as agronomy, equipment sales and repair, and ag banking.

Creating Opportunities

Companies like Airtech International are finding success in Robertson County. Airtech has greatly expanded since opening its facility in 2015 in Springfield, TN, where it employs 120 workers.

The company announced in 2019 that it was investing $13 million in its facility and creating up to 30 new jobs.

Airtech is a vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials manufacturer with customers in sectors like aerospace, wind power, marine, automotive, racing, solar energy and general composites. It uses advanced processes, including a 10-by-40-by-6-foot commercial 3-D printer.

“We’re the only company that has two of those, one here and one in Luxembourg,” says Plant Manager James Wade. “This is large-scale additive manufacturing and takes two operators.”

Airtech has doubled its under-roof area since opening and has added a new building to house the 3-D printer. “It’s a showcase, that’s for sure,” Wade says.

Robertson County, Tennessee
Robertson Chamber

Choice of Career Paths

Springfield is home to Airtech’s custom-engineered products division, which turns out products tailored to each customer’s individual specifications. Workers at the company follow a wide variety of career paths.

“The beauty of manufacturing is you have every career path that exists in the working world, from a no-experience-necessary assembly position to manager,” Wade says.

Situated between two interstates that give easy access to national markets and home to an experienced workforce, Robertson County is a place where manufacturers choose to invest and grow.

When Electrolux decided to increase production of cooking products in Springfield, the company constructed a tunnel under a road to connect with the portion of its campus on the other side.

“The Springfield expansion is near completion, and this work continued throughout the pandemic. Soon, teams will begin working closely with suppliers to install tooling and machinery. This will continue through mid-2021,” says Plant Manager Mike Longe.

The tunnel under Bill Jones Industrial Boulevard is wide enough for two-way truck traffic as well as a conveyor belt for transporting products from one site to the other.

Electrolux, which has about 2,500 workers, is Robertson County’s largest employer. The company produces kitchen ranges in Springfield. With the expansion, it is adding the production of wall ovens.

Agribusiness Grows Jobs

Agribusiness is big business in Robertson County, where farms, such as Jepson Family Farms in Orlinda, TN, make a significant contribution to the economy. This particular family-owned farm has been in business for generations and draws folks from all over.

Halfway between Springfield and Cross Plains is another farm that has been running for generations – White’s Family Farms,  which has also added to the county’s agritourism industry.

Back in 2018, for example, they designed a corn maze of country singer Alan Jackson to honor his 60th birthday. The maze included a scavenger hunt, along with music and Tennessee-based trivia.

These are only two of the numerous agritourism-related activities people can take part in here in Robertson County.

In fact, a plethora of options await on the Pick Tennessee website.

Want to know more about Robertson County? Check out the new edition of Experience Robertson County, Tennessee.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bill Lewis is an award-winning business journalist whose work has appeared in publications across the United States.