JEFFERSON CITY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- On Thursday, Governor Bill Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced that the Oshkosh Corporation will open a manufacturing facility in Jefferson City.
Oshkosh designs and manufactures specialty vehicles and vehicle bodies and said it plans to create more than 300 jobs in the area over the course of the next three years.
“For more than a century, Oshkosh Corporation has had a reputation for making high quality products and I’d like to welcome this tremendous company to Jefferson City, Tennessee,” Haslam said. “Oshkosh is a perfect addition to the robust manufacturing sector found here in Tennessee. Because of significant investments like Oshkosh’s, Tennessee will lead in the creation of high quality jobs.”
“Oshkosh’s decision to create hundreds of jobs in Jefferson City is yet another sign that Tennessee is a place where leading manufacturers choose to do business,” Rolfe said. “Thank you to Oshkosh for this investment in Jefferson County. I look forward to the considerable impact these jobs and wages will have on the citizens of East Tennessee.”
According to a release from Haslam, the Jefferson City facility will house welding and fabrication operations. The corporation said it plans to renovate and use the former John Deere building. Within the coming months, it plans to install new machinery and equipment. The 500,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to be opened and operational in 2019.
“With products and facilities around the world, we are excited to grow our operational footprint,” said Wilson R. Jones, Oshkosh Corporation President and CEO. “Oshkosh Corporation is positioned for success in all segments and this new manufacturing facility will allow us to continue to respond to the demand for increased manufacturing capabilities.”
Jefferson City officials said they are glad that Oshkosh has chosen their East Tennessee community.
“I am extremely grateful and pleased the Oshkosh Corporation has decided to locate operations in Jefferson County,” Jefferson County Mayor Alan Palmieri said. “This is outstanding news for the residents of Jefferson County as it will offer exceptional job opportunities as well as having an enormous economic impact on our community.”