Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lewisburg Partnering to Upgrade Workforce Development Training

The City of Lewisburg, Marshall County and the State of Tennessee recognize that Workforce Development is the top issue facing manufacturing today. So, we are proud to announce a series of Workforce Development and Training improvements to the region thanks to our partners - Gov. Bill Haslam, The State of Tennessee Department of Economic and
Community Development, the South Central Tennessee Workforce Board, the South Central Tennessee Development District, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, the Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg and several local industries. 

LEAP Grants
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently announced recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is
aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities. 

Funded by a $10 million appropriation by the General Assembly, the LEAP competition required applicants to respond to a competitive Request for Proposals that was released in September. Proposals were reviewed and selected by the Governor’s Workforce Subcabinet, consisting of

Commissioners and staff from the following agencies:

-         Tennessee Board of Regents
-         Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
-         Tennessee Department of Education
-         Tennessee Department of Human Services
-         Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
-         Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Lewisburg and Marshall County are pleased to announce that two regional projects were selected for the funded inlcuding:
South Central Tennessee Development District - TCAT Shelbyville - $970,000.00
South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance - TCAT- Pulaski - $970,000.00

The first project will create an Industrial Maintenance Technology program administered by TCAT-Shelbyville in a city-owned facility in downtown Lewisburg. The program will fund a computer classroom, industrial equipment laboratory and an instructor to teach the Industrial Maintenance Technology program to students in Marshall County. 

The regional program will also create classrooms and labs for the training in Bedford County, Franklin County and Lincoln County. 

The project is a collaboration of TCAT-Shelbyville, the South Central TN Development District and the Economic and Community Development organizations in each community working with local industries. 

In Lewisburg, Marshall County provided $5,000 in matching funds, the Lewisburg Industrial Development Board provided $1,000 in matching funds, the City of Lewisburg provided the facility in which the program will operate and several Lewisburg industries pledged funding and equipment donations for the program including Calsonic Kansei North America, Nichirin and Berry Plastics. 

The second LEAP project awarded funding in the region will create a Certified Production Technician curriculum for the middle and high school technology centers in the 8-county region along with the purchasing of equipment for the centers including Machining equipment, PLC equipment, Robotic Welders and 3D Printers.

The Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg will be the recipient of the new training equipment and has already begun assigning three of its instructors to take the required training to become certified to teach the Certified Production Technician (CPT) training. 

The CPT training will allow high school students to graduate as a nationally certified production technician and receive dual-enrollment credits from TCAT-Pulaski so that students will have a shorter time and less tuition toward their Advanced Manufacturing Certification.

Speaking of TCAT-Pulaski, the technology college held a open house on December 16 for its new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. The upgraded AME center has new Engel Injection Molding machines, new 3D printing machines, new PLC testing and training equipment capable of running Siemens or Allen Bradley systems and more. 

The new state-of-the-art training center was developed through conversations with industries in the region on the needs of their workforce in training and development. 

TCAT-Pulaski has also begun using its Routsis Online Plastics Certification Training program that allows students to take their training online from the classroom or in their homes or places of work. Using this technique, students can take the bulk of the certification training at their own pace before finishing up their hands-on training and taking their certification testing. 

The Routsis Online Training program was funded for one year with assistance from Marshall County and the Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board. 

Thanks to all the partners for developing and implementing a series of Workforce Development programs that will insure Lewisburg and Marshall County are training and providing the best workforce to its new and existing industries for years to come. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Job Openings at Ditech in Lewisburg

Position: Class 1 Truck Driver
Ditech is a premium refurbisher / recertifyer of propane with a new facility in Lewisburg, TN.  We are currently seeking experienced drivers to join our growing team. 
Based out of Lewisburg;  our fleet of new GPS & tracking equipped tractor trailer units will travel throughout the USA, delivering and handling propane cylinders.
We offer a competitive per/mile pay rate in addition to monthly bonuses, & benefits package.
Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • Maintains telephone/text contact with logistics coordinator to receive instructions or be dispatched to new location.
  • Maintains truck log book and fuel trip reports according to State and Federal regulations.
  • Keeps record of materials and products transported (including ensuring quantities are accurate both outgoing and incoming shipments).
  • Properly secures load prior to transport from customer site.
  • Operates equipment on vehicle to load, unload, propane tanks.
  • Loading and unloading truck manually (at customer site only – reloads at Ditech are performed by the yard team)
  • Obtains customer signature for goods delivered
Skills & Qualifications:
·         Class 1 Driver’s License
·         Clean drivers abstract & references from previous employers
·         Experience with Dangerous Goods
·         Willing to handle loading/unloading tanks
·         Friendly, Customer Oriented attitude

If interested, please send resume & drivers abstract to Ashley White – ashley@ditechtesting.com

Position: Industrial Spray Painter
Industrial spray-painting in spray booth operating plural component air assisted state of the art spray-painting equipment to apply protective coatings to refurbished items of various sizes and lengths
Industrial spray painters may perform the following tasks:
·         Apply coatings (such as urethanes, epoxy’s) onto refurbished products to provide finished surfaces
·         clean nozzles, containers and hoses of machines.
Industrial spray painters usually work in noisy factory environments. Most of their time is spent standing or bent over. Protective clothing, masks and goggles must be worn when handling poisonous materials.

·         Some experience with painting in industrial environment is a must!
·         Experience using high pressure 2k systems (kremlin or Graco) with high volume low-pressure sprayer.
·         Strong attention to detail
·         Must be able to follow direction from supervisor
·         Must be willing to work overtime if needed.
·         Able to complete work on time and working with deadlines

Personal Requirements:
·         enjoy practical and manual work
·         able to cope with the physical demands of the job
·         no allergies related to paints, solvents or dust
·         normal color vision.

If interested, please send resume to Ashley White – ashley@ditechtesting.com

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Cylinder and Tank Reburbisher and Certifier to Invest $5.6 Million, Create 77 Jobs

NASHVILLE —Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today that Ditech Testing will locate a new facility in Lewisburg, Tennessee in the Southern Carriers Building, 1801 Childress Road.  The company specializes in refurbishing all types of cylinders and tanks for the liquid petroleum industry and will invest more than $5.6 million and create 77 new jobs.

“Tennessee’s momentum in the global business environment of today cannot be underestimated,” Hagerty said.  “Companies around the world know our central location, strong infrastructure and healthy business climate along with the craftsmanship and quality of our workforce can make a real competitive difference. I welcome Ditech Testing to Tennessee and appreciate the jobs and investment the company is making in Marshall County.”

“Ditech is a premium refurbisher/recertifyer of propane cylinders and tanks. We provide our clients with industry leading services, innovation, quality and turnaround times,” Ditech Vice President Jason Gildart said.  “Ditech has set ‘the standard’ in the refurbishing industry. Our continued growth is fueled by our commitment to providing our clients with solutions to help them reduce costs by saving depreciating assets and delivering them on time throughout their demographic territories hassle free. We are a cut above the rest and our dedication to our customers has no boundaries. We are thrilled to have made Lewisburg, Tennessee our new home for the southeastern US." 

With the opening of the new Lewisburg facility, Ditech will service 85 percent of North America with plans to provide cylinder and tank refurbishing and certification throughout the entire continent by 2016. 

"We are very excited to welcome Ditech Testing to Lewisburg," Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham said. "We could not be happier that they chose Lewisburg and we look forward to beginning a long-lasting partnership with them.  There were many people working behind the scenes to assist the project coming to Lewisburg and I just want to thank the State of Tennessee Economic Development Department and Cassidy Turley for all their hard work in bringing this outstanding company to Lewisburg.

"This project is a great example of the state's outreach to its partner countries such as Canada," Mayor Bingham added.

Ditech will be hiring for the following positions: Heavy Equipment Operator, Industrial Painter, Welder, Hydro Console Operator, Machine Operator, Quality Control, Truck Driver, Production Supervisor, Administrative Secretary, Logistics Coordinator and General Laborer.  Candidates should email resumes toinfo@ditechtesting.com (Attn: Lewisburg Jobs) or drop resumes off at the plant, 1801 Childress Road in Lewisburg.  Resumes should be submitted no later than November 17, 2014.

Ditech is a designated cylinder recertifier of both U.S. and Canadian tanks, as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada and The Canadian Gas Association regulations including hydrotesting and external visual inspection.  For more information, please visit www.ditechtesting.com

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Tennessee was named “2013 State of the Year” for economic development byBusiness Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web:tn.gov/ecd. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd.  Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Friday, October 31, 2014

City of Lewisburg Wins National High Performance Economic Development Award for Most Jobs Announced in 2013/2104

Organization wins award ahead of 200+ economic development organizations surveyed

City of Lewisburg is proud to announce that in a survey of over 200 economic development organizations from around the country, they reported the most jobs than any other organization in 2014 for a population less than 25,000. Compared to similar sized organizations, City of Lewisburg announced 852 jobs.

Denver, Colorado-based Atlas Advertising collected data from more than 200 economic development organizations in 40+ states and eight countries in their 2013/2014 benchmarking survey, which included organization-specific information such as: location, population, annual budget, number of full time staff, jobs announced in the past 12 months, website visits over the past 12 months, number of organizations serviced, and capital invested in a particular community. The results were compiled and presented in Atlas’ 2014 white paper, “Putting High Performance Economic Development into Practice: A Guide for Economic Development Leaders and Their Boards.” The award is detailed at: www.atlas-advertising.com.
“City of Lewisburg, with their superior performance in the economic development industry, has shown itself to be one of the highest performers in the nation,” said Ben Wright, CEO of Atlas.  “Their leadership and staff have truly made a difference in the city of Lewisburg.” 

About City of Lewisburg
Lewisburg is a beautiful small town nestled in the hills of Southern Middle Tennessee. It’s a place of backyards and front porches where industry meets the farmland, community and culture are neighbors, and tradition and progress are friends. Located less than an hour’s drive from Nashville and an hour’s drive from Huntsville, Alabama, Lewisburg is located right in the heart of Southern Middle Tennessee.

About Atlas Advertising

Atlas Advertising is a niche economic development marketing, strategy, and creative firm whose goal is to connect people to places and ideas to action. They help communities (cities, states, regions, countries) grow their economies, attract talent, and compete for jobs through technology and strategy.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Comfort Research Celebrates Production of 1,000,000th Bean Bag Chair in Lewisburg

Comfort Research began producing their Famous Big Joe Bean Bag Chairs in October 2013 and in one year celebrated production of their 1,000,000th bean bag on October 24, 2014 at the Lewisburg, TN facility

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Manufacturing Day held at MCHS in Lewisburg

The City of Lewisburg, the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board hosted a Manufacturing Day event at MCHS in Lewisburg on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
Walker Die Casting, Talos Engineered Products, RockTenn, Lewisburg Printing Company, Magneti Marelli, Teledyne, Southern Carton and Calsonic Kansei North America all set up booths with information about their companies, careers at their companies and the paths to obtaining those careers for students at MCHS to learn.
The event was part of a national #MfgDay14 event to reconnect middle and high school students with the great careers available in today's manufacturing in America.
The Lewisburg Economic Development Department, the Chamber and the JECDB were joined by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, the Tennessee Career Center and the Spot Lowe Technology Center in teaching students about training available to help them become better candidates for employment in manufacturing.
The event is part of an effort by local agencies to develop the workforce in Marshall County and the labor shed region for the more than 54 manufacturers operating in Lewisburg and Marshall County.