Dayton plant to expand, add 200 jobs
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May 05, 2013 | 1638 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with Goodman Manufacturing officials, announced this week that the air conditioning and heating equipment manufacturer will expand its plant in Dayton, Tenn.

The expansion represents an investment of $2 million and the creation of 200 new positions in Rhea County.

“I want to thank Goodman Manufacturing for their investment in Rhea County and its citizens,” Haslam said. “Existing industry expansions, along with Tennessee’s strong manufacturing base and excellent work force, will help us reach our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Hagerty said Goodman Manufacturing is just one example of the potential for growth companies can have when “taking advantage of Tennessee’s business-friendly environment.”

“Tennessee was ranked No. 1 in the Southeast for manufacturing job growth in 2012,” Hagerty said. “This latest expansion indicates continued manufacturing momentum in our state.”

Dave Swift, President and CEO of Goodman Global Group, Inc. said the need to renovate and expand the company’s Dayton facility was the “direct result” of increased demand for its products.

Goodman’s Dayton facility produces residential and light commercial air conditioning and heating equipment. It is undergoing a “major renovation” to meet customer demand throughout the world. Recently, Goodman Global Group, Inc. was acquired by Daikin Industries Ltd., a fortune 1000 company based in Osaka, Japan, with more than 49,000 employees worldwide.

“This facility has also developed and designed several innovative products that have supported the overall growth of the company,” Swift said.

Aaron Cupp, general manager of the Dayton facility, said his employees have worked “very hard” and describes the renovation and expansion of the facility as “exciting.”

“I thank everyone responsible for making this possible,” Cupp said. “It was a great team effort from the state of Tennessee, the city of Dayton and the Goodman organization.”

Officials in Rhea County have expressed gratitude for the fact that the company has chosen to make the changes.

Some believe it could have a significant economic impact on the area.

“The extra 200 jobs that will come from the renovation really means a lot to economic development in Rhea County,” George Thacker, Rhea County executive, said. “I am looking forward to working with them (Goodman) as they go through the process.”

The mayor of Dayton agreed and also said he was glad an existing company wanted to increase its presence in the community.

“The city of Dayton’s long time commitment to industry has always been to help grow our present industries,” Dayton mayor Bob Vincent said. “New industry is great but expanding of several local manufacturers is a very important key for creating new jobs.”