Sunday, March 25, 2012

Welcome to Robertson County, Kyowa!

What an exciting day for our County!

Friday saw the announcement of Kyowa America Corporation opening a new facility in Portland, Tennessee (yes, this is in Robertson County – I will explain below).  This is a $12 million investment that will create 160 jobs….just think on that for a little while.
Here is Governor Haslam’s press release on the announcement.
Here is coverage of the announcement in the Nashville Business Journal.
Here is coverage of the announcement in The Tennesseean.
As an officer and board member of The Robertson County Chamber of Commerce as well as serving as counsel for the Robertson County Industrial Development Board – it is a pleasure to watch these entities work in facilitating these types of projects. The untold number of thankless hours that Robertson County Chamber President & Chief Economic Development Officer Margot Fosnes put into facilitating the communication between the City of Portland, Robertson County and Kyowa should be appreciated and commended. I certainly thank you, Margot!
UPDATED: Folks had asked some of the specifics regarding Kyowa - Kyowa America, an automotive supplier to Toyota, will be bringing their plastic injection molding business to the facility on Fred White Blvd. in Robertson County. They will employ 160+ at this facility at full capacity and production is expected to begin in late summer. Jobs available will include accounting, supervisory and other office related positions as well as production. Kyowa is using Sumner Employment Exchange to handle all job inquiries, , 615-325-5161.

Oh – and, I had put this on Facebook when the announcement was unfolding – Many of you inquired how Portland is in Robertson County. Here is an eloquent explanation by none other than Margot Fosnes:
Just to clear up any confusion about this company locating in Portland and whether it is actually in Sumner County, this building sits on the Robertson County side of Hwy 31W in Robertson County. Portland has also recently annexed the TN-KY Industrial Park which sits entirely in Robertson County, further extending the area of the Portland city limits which lies in Robertson County. We are proud to have Portland as the 11th muncipality in our county and we have a great working relationship with their city officials in bringing economic development to our communities.