Nashville, TN (2018-07-05) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and BMT Manufacturing, Inc. officials announced Thursday that the company will expand in Campbell County.
BMT plans to locate new operations in Jellico and expand its current operations in Jacksboro, investing a total of $3.7 million and creating 148 new jobs in Campbell County.
“I want to thank BMT Manufacturing for choosing to expand its current operations in Campbell County and for creating more than 140 new jobs in Jacksboro and Jellico,” Haslam said. “In Tennessee, we manufacture things, and the manufacturing industry is thriving, currently employing more than 340,000 Tennesseans. By choosing to grow and reinvest here, companies like BMT will help Tennessee lead in manufacturing and the creation of high-quality jobs.”
“I want to congratulate BMT on its decision to expand in Campbell County with the new location in Jellico and expansion in Jacksboro,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee puts a large emphasis on creating more opportunities for our rural communities and I appreciate BMT for creating 148 new jobs in Campbell County, a Tier-4 county. I look forward to seeing this company continue to invest in this rural community and Tennessee.”
BMT manufactures various trailers for short bed, motorcycle, utility and cargo trailers. The company has been in operation since 2016 and currently employs 31 people at its location in Jacksboro.
“We have been blessed to have many opportunities to expand our business here in Jacksboro and to add another location in Jellico. Our goal at BMT is not only to be a profitable business but to train previously incarcerated men in Campbell County with skills that will help them maintain long term employment and to help reduce the recidivism rate,” BMT Manufacturing CEO Tony Simpson said. BMT works closely with A New Beginning (ANB) to offer a jail-to-job training program where a skilled workforce is lacking. The program offers previously incarcerated individuals who desire to change the direction of their lives, trade-skills training and a job at BMT with the goal of securing a long-term career.
The company will be locating new operations in an existing building in Jellico and will create 100 jobs at the new location. The Jellico location is set to be operational by the end of 2018. BMT plans on expanding its current operations in Jacksboro, creating 48 new jobs at the facility.
“BMT is an innovative new business model that is taking market share in the trailer industry through well positioned and equipped production sites and creative workforce development that is not only profitable, but it has a community service heart. It is just what Campbell County, Tennessee needs to keep local talent and return previously unemployable workers to a living wage, educational and skills growth opportunities and a bright path beyond some of Appalachia’s biggest socio-economic challenges,” Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton said.
Morton says collaboration between stakeholders in Campbell County and the cities of Jacksboro and Jellico made Thursday’s announcement possible. “Bringing 100 jobs to Jellico, Tennessee seemed impossible four years ago. Through diligent economic development, fervent prayer and old-fashioned hard work, BMT is the break we¹ve been working for, Morton said.