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Dorman Products Plans Production-Distribution Hub in Portland, Tennessee

03/26/2018
Dorman Products, an automotive parts manufacturer, plans to establish a new more than $55 million production and distribution facility in the Tennessee-Kentucky Industrial Park, located on the Robertson County side of the city of Portland, Tennessee.

The company will build an 815,000-square-foot facility in Portland. The aftermarket parts supplier plans to create approximately 215 jobs. Construction of the new facility will begin in the first quarter of 2018. The new building is tentatively scheduled to be operational in the first quarter of 2019.

“We look forward to the expansion and new innovations this investment will allow us to bring to our customers, and the economic development it will bring to the counties supporting our Portland, Tenn., operation,” Matt Barton, president of Dorman Products, said. “With this new facility, we will continue creating high-quality jobs and delivering more high-quality parts to the automotive aftermarket.”

Once construction is complete, Dorman Products will relocate its existing Portland operations to the new facility. Dorman Products employs 380 people in Portland, where it has operated since 2006.

The new Portland facility will primarily serve customers in North America. Headquartered in Colmar, Pennsylvania, Dorman Products is a leading aftermarket supplier of original replacement parts, automotive hardware, brake parts and fasteners for both automotive and heavy vehicles.

“Dorman Products’ significant expansion in Portland underscores the confidence leading employers have in Tennessee’s skilled workforce and our overall business environment,” Governor Bill Haslam said. “Because of the continued investment of businesses such as Dorman Products, Tennessee will lead the nation in the creation of high quality jobs.”

“I’d like to thank Dorman Products for its commitment to invest and create more than 200 jobs in Portland,” Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “This is proof of the dynamic environment of job creation we’ve encouraged in Tennessee and a strong vote of confidence in Portland and Robertson County. I look forward to the major impact these jobs will have for the families and residents of Robertson County.”

“Portland is pleased when our community is the location of choice for companies who support and provide jobs for our citizens,” Portland Mayor Ken Wilber said. “Dorman Products has proven to be a good fit for our area since 2006, while maintaining steady growth. We pledge our ongoing support with Dorman Products’ continued success.”

“TVA and Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation congratulate Dorman Products on its decision to expand operations in Portland,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Helping to create new jobs and investment is fundamental to TVA’s mission of serving the people of the Valley and we are proud to partner with the city of Portland and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission.”

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