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Tomcat USA to Open New $2M, 50 Employee Knox County Manufacturing Facility
Lori Fuller
Thursday, December 20, 2012

Concert lighting equipment manufacturer will be re-shoring jobs from Mexico to Knox County

Knoxville, TN -- Tomcat USA, a member of the Milos Group, has announced they will be relocating two of their manufacturing facilities currently located in Guadalajara, Mexico, and Midland, Texas to a 60,000 square foot facility at 5427 North National Drive in Knox County’s Forks of the River Industrial Park. 

Tomcat USA manufactures engineered structural trussing systems, and distributes CM Chain Hoists primarily for use in the entertainment industry. The Milos Group is the world’s largest manufacturer of aluminum truss with facilities in Czech Republic, Slovakia, Italy and China as well as the new facility in Knoxville.

“I am looking forward to having the Tomcat facilities located in Knoxville and to continue growing the business with the exceptional workforce we have in this area,” commented Mike Garl, president of Tomcat.  “I would also like to thank the Knoxville Chamber and the State of Tennessee for working with us on our site location efforts during the past 18 months; their efforts have been tremendously helpful during this process.”

The facility will be hiring production, maintenance, as well as office and management positions. Average wages will be around $19 an hour. 

Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett added “I’m pleased that Tomcat has decided to land in Knox County. Every job is important, and the addition of 50 new manufacturing jobs over the next few years is another step toward getting Knox County out of this recession.”

“On behalf of Governor Haslam, I would like to welcome Tomcat USA to Tennessee,” said State of Tennessee Commissioner of Economic Development Bill Hagerty. “The company’s decision to locate in Knox County is great for the region, and we appreciate their investment in our state.”

 “I’d like to welcome Tomcat USA, and their high-quality manufacturing jobs to the Knoxville Oak Ridge Innovation Valley. Their new location will offer them easy access to our region’s transportation network and strong workforce”, said Doug Lawyer, vice president of economic development with the Knoxville Chamber. 

Also assisting the site selection process were Frank Weiskopf, with Realty Executives, who represented Tomcat USA, and Bob Thornton, with Baker Realty, who represented the building owners.



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