Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lewisburg Gets the Gold

Improves TVA Sustainable Community Status from Silver to Gold
The city of Lewisburg, Tenn., has been named a Valley Sustainable Gold Community by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) – up from Silver Level status earned in 2013.

The Valley Sustainable Communities Program initiated by TVA Economic Development helps communities document and improve existing sustainability programs to increase their competitiveness when companies are considering investing in new or expanded locations.

Lewisburg completed the program sponsored by TVA, which was developed and administered by consultant Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA), in 2013. At that time, the community achieved a Silver Level Valley Sustainable Community status.

This year, TVA and BSA opened the program again for new communities and for those seeking to upgrade their current status. Lewisburg recognized that the community leadership had implemented several new sustainability programs with even more being planned. With this information, the Sustainable Community Committee re-applied and was pleased to discover that Lewisburg moved up to Gold Level status.

“We are proud that Lewisburg has completed the Valley Sustainable Communities Program,” said Del Boyette, president and CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors. “The Gold level designation recognizes that Lewisburg has community-wide sustainability in place, with some programs available to support the business community and take advantage of economic development opportunities.”

Sustainability has become a key issue for economic development organizations and communities as more corporations have demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainability. More than 90 percent of corporate real estate executives who responded to a CoreNet Global survey on sustainability said that it is a consideration in their company location decisions. The typical reasons for this corporate commitment are reduced operating costs for increased profitability and greater employee satisfaction.

“TVA Economic Development’s mission includes working with Valley communities to help prepare them to be ready for economic growth opportunities,” said John Bradley, TVA SVP of Economic Development. “We are seeing that more and more companies have an increasing business emphasis on sustainable operations, and are adding this component to their RFIs as they search for a community where they can locate, grow, and enhance their company’s sustainability commitments.”

 By the end of 2015, 28 communities in the TVA Region have achieved either Silver, Gold or Platinum level Valley Sustainable Community status through the program. Lewisburg will now become one of 14 communities to obtain Gold Level status, including nearby communities such as Franklin and Murfreesboro and larger communities such as Memphis, TN and Huntsville, AL.

Lewisburg Sustainable Community Team members include, Mayor Jim Bingham, Barbara Woods, Lisa Jackson, JECB Director Mike Wiles and Lewisburg ED Director Greg Lowe. The team will receive the TVA Sustainable Community Gold Level Award at a luncheon on December 1 in Nashville.

“This kind of recognition validates our efforts to become a progressive, business-friendly and environmentally sound community,” said Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham. “We are going to continue efforts such as this as we move forward with more plans and projects to make Lewisburg the best city to live, work and do business.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Global Automotive Parts Manufacturer to Invest Over $20 Million, Create 181 New Jobs
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Multimatic Tennessee LLC officials announced today the company will locate new automotive manufacturing operations in Lewisburg. Multimatic will invest more than $20 million in building upgrades and new robotic welding infrastructure and create 181 new jobs in Marshall County.

“We want to welcome Multimatic to Tennessee and thank them for the investment in Marshall County and the new jobs that will be created in Lewisburg,” Haslam said. “Here in Tennessee, we work to create a business-friendly environment that attracts new companies to the state while helping them grow and succeed, and today’s announcement brings us one step closer toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Home to more than 900 automotive suppliers and manufacturers, Tennessee is known worldwide for its strength and momentum in the automotive sector,” Boyd said. “It means a great deal when a global company like Multimatic chooses to grow its operations and invest in our state, and we thank the company for creating these new jobs in Lewisburg and Marshall County.”

Multimatic is a global corporation supplying engineered components, systems and services to the automotive industry. Products to be made at the Lewisburg facility will include instrument panel structures, rocker braces and upper and lower tie bar supports.

“We were initially drawn to Tennessee to support the production and supply requirements of an important customer to Multimatic,” Sam Bozzo, vice president, Multimatic Structures and Suspension, said. “From the time that a site was identified in Lewisburg, our team has been impressed with the city and the support received from the state and the Department of Economic and Community Development.”

"We are proud to welcome Multimatic to our industrial family," Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham said. "Multimatic is a great company providing high-quality jobs to our community. The state of Tennessee continues to prove that it is the best state for automotive, and Lewisburg is pleased to play its role in attracting automotive companies to the state and region."

Multimatic’s core capabilities include the engineering and manufacturing of complex mechanisms, body hardware, suspension systems and body structures, as well as the design and development of lightweight composite automotive systems. In addition, Multimatic delivers niche vehicle design, development and production for road and race car applications.

Multimatic is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and has manufacturing operations and engineering facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, with alliance partner relationships in other automotive markets. For more information, visit

A listing of available positions at Multimatic’s Lewisburg facility can be found

Lewisburg and Marshall County are represented by Sen. Jim Tracy (R – Shelbyville) and Rep. Billy Spivey (R – Lewisburg) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tourism Revenues in Marshall County Up 2.4%


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, today announced during a special event at the Ryman Auditorium that tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached $17.7 billion in 2014, up 6.3 percent, and an all-time high for the state. Tourism-generated jobs for Tennesseans reached 152,900, an increase of 2.8 percent. State and local sales tax revenue for the industry topped $1.5 billion, up 7 percent over 2013, and the ninth consecutive year tourism topped $1 billion, according to the latest statistics from the 2014 Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee as reported by U.S. Travel Association.

For the first time in history, travel to Tennessee topped 100 million, achieving 101.3 million person stays, a 5.1 percent increase over 2013. International travel increased 8.4 percent, reaching $576.5 million in economic impact. All 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures, 19 counties saw more than $100 million, and three counties, Davidson, Shelby and Sevier, had more than $1 billion in economic impact. Knox and Hamilton Counties round out the Top 5 with nearly $1 billion in economic impact. Tennessee is ranked in the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. for total travel.

Tourists spent a total of $21.57 million in Marshall County in 2014, an increase of 2.4% compared to 2013, generating a total of $1.26 million in state and $0.57 million in local tax revenues, increases of 3.2% and 2.6%, respectively. A total of 146 Marshall Countians are employed in tourism-related fields.

“This increase in tourism across the board is a result of the strategic work of Tourist Development, the Tourism Committee, and the entire tourism and hospitality industry,” Haslam said. “We want Tennessee to be a place people from all over the world want to visit. The data shows that’s happening, and more jobs and $1.5 billion in sales tax revenue is good news for every Tennessean.”

Tennessee’s customer satisfaction landed at an impressive 8.5 out of 10. The satisfaction scores are greater than those of the average U.S. destination.

“Tourists are drawn to Tennessee for our world-renown music, outstanding attractions, stunning scenic beauty,” Triplett said. “But, at the end of the day, people keep coming to Tennessee for our authenticity and exceptional, Southern hospitality. That is the ‘made in Tennessee’ brand delivered to our visitors every day by our communities and partners.”

The Tennessee Tourism Committee, appointed in 2011 by Gov. Bill Haslam, is made up of tourism leaders in both the public and private sectors. TTC is chaired by Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., and co-chaired by Jack Soden, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and Sande Weiss, president of Music Road Resort.

For more information contact Cindy Dupree, director of public relations for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at 615-418-5752 or by email at


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Monday, August 17, 2015

Congressman Desjarlais Visits Meiwa and Nichirin in Lewisburg

Congressman Scott Desjarlais (R-TN-4th District) came to Lewisburg on Monday, August 17, 2015 to visit with representatives from Meiwa Industry North America and Nichirin Tennessee.
The congressman heard about the companies' success since moving to Lewisburg, from growth in employment and customer bases, to their upgraded processes to become even stronger competitors in the automotive supplier markets.
At Meiwa, Rep. Desjarlais learned first hand the manufacturing process that allows Meiwa to produce high-quality interior linings for many automotive OEMs and the company's plans to expand their customer base to more automotive manufacturers in America and across the globe.
At Nichirin, Rep. Desjarlais watched the processes that allows the company to produce high-quality hoses for many automotive manufacturers around the world and other types of vehicles from ATVs to heavy equipment.
The congressman also spoke with company representatives about the challenges each faces from global market forces to government regulations and workforce issues.

Click to see a storyboard of the Congressman's visit to Meiwa and Nichirin in Lewisburg.