Repair parts e-commerce company iFixit will establish its East Coast hub for distribution and innovation in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The $24.2 million project is expected to create 201 jobs in Hamilton County over the next five years.
Located in Onion Bottom Station, one of Tennessee’s Qualified Opportunity Zones, the new facility will house the company’s distribution and back-office operations, further connecting the California company to its East Coast customer base. iFixit will be transforming a vacant shell of a building into a sustainability showpiece.
“This location will be a world-class facility to expand our partnerships with companies like Google and Samsung. Chattanooga is a strategic distribution location that will allow us to get products in the hands of our customers quickly. As the Right to Repair movement takes the world by storm, we expect the market will see a dramatically increased need for repair parts and tools,” Luke Soules, COO, iFixit said.
Founded in 2003 and headquartered in San Luis Obispo, California, iFixit is the hub of the global repair ecosystem. The Right to Repair leader provides repair manuals, parts and precision tools for repairing everything from consumer electronics to power tools. More than eight million people a month globally, including 700,000 Tennesseans, rely on the company to learn how to repair their products.
“As a crossroads for the logistics industry, Chattanooga will be the ideal location for iFixit’s East Coast distribution hub. We are proud to have this California company expand to Tennessee and look forward to seeing the success that follows this project,” added TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter.
Since its founding nearly 20 years ago, iFixit has expanded its operations worldwide with facilities in California, Germany and now, Tennessee.
“TVA and EPB congratulate iFixit on its decision to establish operations and create new job opportunities in Hamilton County. Helping to attract and retain jobs and investment in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to further that mission and celebrate this announcement together,” John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development added.