Alexander: SL Announcement “Shows Tennessee is Most Attractive State for New [Auto] Jobs”

Praises Gov. Haslam, SL Tennessee Employees at today’s event in Clinton

Posted on July 25, 2014

CLINTON, July 25, 2014 – U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) today released the following statement on SL Tennessee’s announcement that it will expand its automotive parts manufacturing facility in Clinton, Tenn., creating 1,000 jobs over the next five years:

“SL’s announcement is yet another sign that Tennessee is the most attractive state for new jobs in the auto industry. SL’s growth from 40 jobs when it first came to Tennessee in 2001 to nearly 1,700 at the end of this expansion proves that Tennessee is the right place for companies around the world to invest.”

Alexander joined Gov. Bill Haslam, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.), SL America executives, and other civic and government officials at today’s announcement in Clinton.

As governor, Alexander recruited Nissan which brought the first auto plant to Tennessee in 1980, followed by Saturn in 1985. Today, the auto industry has grown to one-third of the manufacturing jobs in Tennessee.

SL Tennessee, a South Korean automotive parts manufacturing company, has expanded its Tennessee facility four times since it located in Clinton in 2001. The company plans to make an $80,500,000 capital investment, that will more than double its current employment after this expansion is completed.

 

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