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Korean-Based SL Tennessee Expands Manufacturing Center At Clinton, Tennessee, Industrial Park

Area Development Online News Desk (07/28/2014)
SL Tennessee will construct a new 250,000 square foot building to join its two existing facilities in the Clinton/I-75 Industrial Park, a Select Tennessee Certified Site in Clinton, Tennessee. The South Korean automotive parts manufacturer will invest $80.5 million and create 1,000 new jobs in Anderson County.

The new facility will manufacture and produce head lamps and tail lamps for the automotive market. With the addition of the building, the company will also be consolidating its data infrastructure for North America to the Clinton location.

“Once again, SL Tennessee is proud to announce that Clinton has been chosen as the newest site for expansion to help fulfill the global vision of SL Corporation,” SL America President Y.K. Woo said. “Several key factors played a role in SL Corporation’s decision to expand its Clinton location. First is the support we have received from the state of Tennessee, the city of Clinton, Anderson County, TVA, Clinton Utilities Board and the Anderson County Economic Development Association. Second is the quality and availability of labor at our Clinton facility. Finally, SL Corporation has chosen Clinton for this latest expansion because the business climate in Tennessee and Anderson County has enabled us to be successful. We hope to build on that success and continue to grow in the future.” SL Tennessee will begin construction in August 2014 with a goal of being fully operational by April 2015.

“Tennessee has the greatest concentration of automotive industry employment in the South and with the addition of 1,000 new jobs from today’s announcement, we continue to build on this momentum,” said Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty. “Upon completion of this project, SL Tennessee will more than double its workforce, making it the largest employer in Clinton and one of the largest in Anderson County. I appreciate SL Tennessee’s continued investment in our state and for providing quality jobs to our citizens.”

“TVA and Clinton Utilities Board congratulate SL Tennessee on its vibrant growth and commitment to Clinton,” John Bradley, TVA senior Vice President of Economic Development, said. “Automotive manufacturing and suppliers are vital for our region’s prosperity. That’s why our economic development partnerships with the state of Tennessee, Anderson County EDA and city of Clinton are so important to foster the fast-paced job growth of existing companies like SL Tennessee.”

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