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GE Appliances Opens New Logistics Center in Murray County, Georgia

In March 2020, GE Appliances celebrated the opening of its new Southern Logistics Center located within just a couple of miles of the Appalachian Regional Port in Murray County, Georgia.  The $32 million 504,000 square foot warehouse facility will employ 50 people. Read more at

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SEIDA Staff Member Completes Training

On March 6, 2020, Stephanie Watkins, SEIDA Program Director, was recognized for participation in and completion of TVA Economic Development’s Valley Workforce Institute. The program is designed to increase jobs and investment across the Valley by equipping economic developers with the knowledge necessary to understand and build a compelling labor story for their community.

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Mannington Mills, Inc. Expands Again in Gordon County

February 2020, Mannington Mills, Inc. a flooring manufacturer located in Calhoun, Georgia, announces plans to expand for the third time in two years.  This latest $22 million expansion will result in the creation of 268 jobs. Read more at

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Sequatchie County Forms Industrial Development Board

As part of Sequatchie County’s strategic plan for economic development, The Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the County of Sequatchie was created.  At their first official meeting in December 2019, the newly formed board was presented a $25,000 check from Sequatchie County. The IDB will work to facilitate the growth of existing industries as well…

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Mueller Expands into Marion County, TN

On November 13, 2019, Mueller announced its investment of $41 million and the creation of 325 jobs over the next five years at the 233,000 SF former WestRock facility located in Kimball, Tennessee.  Read more at

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Marion County Celebrates Pre-Apprenticeship Program

On November 13, 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee spoke about a pre-apprenticeship program launched through a partnership between Chattanooga State Community College, Marion County Schools, and Valmont Industries. Eight high school students, from Marion County schools, were hired by Valmont Industries to participate in the initial cohort of the new work-based learning program. The students…

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SEIDA, SVEC, and Valmont Celebrate On-Site Training Facility

Jasper, TN— October 4, 2019 — Today, the Southeast Industrial Development Association (SEIDA) in partnership with Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) was pleased to celebrate the opportunity to assist Valmont in the construction of their new on-site Training Facility. In 2015, SEIDA created the SR² Community Assistance Program.  The purpose of the program is to…

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SEIDA Staff Receive TCED Status

The UT CIS economic development team congratulated the tenth graduating class of the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program on Wednesday, April 17. Candidates presented their Capstone Project Presentations to their mentors and the UT CIS TCED team at the graduation ceremony in Nashville. These six new Tennessee Certified Economic Developers have worked hard and…

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Local Economic Development Professional Graduate of TVA’s Professional Rural Leadership Institute

Local Economic Development Professional Graduate of TVA’s Professional Rural Leadership Institute Pictured L to R: Jonathon Connell, SETD; John Bradley, TVA ED Chattanooga, TN – Jonathon Connell, Regional Planner with the Southeast Tennessee Development District recently graduated from TVA’s Rural Leadership Institute. The Rural Leadership Institute, developed and sponsored by TVA Economic Development, provides professional…

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Two German Manufacturers Plans New Development in Tennessee

Governor Bill Lee visited Southeast Tennessee in March to make two significant job announcements. Governor Lee joined Hubner Manufacturing Corporation officials to announce that the manufacturer will build a new production facility in Dunlap. Hubner plans to invest nearly $10 million and create 66 jobs in Sequatchie County over the next five years. Read more…

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