By QUINT QUALLS
Spring Hill will soon see a new automotive supplier, Tenneco, following an announcement Thursday that the company plans to open a new clean air manufacturing plant to support programs for General Motors.
The 117,000-square foot facility, located near GM’s Spring Hill assembly plant, is scheduled to begin production in late 2016 and becomes Tenneco’s second facility in the state, joining the company’s Clean Air plant in Smithville, which employs 650 people.
The new facility will employ approximately 20 people when it opens, but will gradually grow to employ approximately 175 by 2019.
“This has been a long process, and we’ve been waiting on this announcement,” said Spring Hill Mayor Rick Graham. “It’s exciting, a third auto supplier. Like I continue to say, most cities would do backflips for 40 or 50 jobs. Ours come in big waves of 200 or more.”
Saturn Parkway extension makes Tenneco arrival possible
The Tenneco announcement has been a long time in the making, according to Graham. He added that the announcement ties back to the impending $20 million Saturn Parkway extension that the state has planned. The Saturn Parkway extension also made possible the General Motors $790 million new investment in its plant, announced last April.
“And one day it’s going to go over to 840,” Graham said. “It’s definitely on their plans, it’s something we brought up to TDOT a year or two ago.”
When the Home Page spoke to him in April, TDOT deputy commissioner and chief engineer Paul Degges also said that a further extension of Saturn Parkway over to state Route 840 represents an opportunity as part of a comprehensive, long-range transportation plan.
The Spring Hill facility becomes Tenneco’s 65th global Clean Air manufacturing facility and 16th in North America. In addition, Tenneco operates Clean Air global engineering centers in Grass Lake, Michigan, Edenkoben, Germany, and Kunshan, China to support the design, testing and development of advanced systems for light vehicle and commercial truck and off-highway applications as well as locomotive, marine and stationary engine customers throughout the world.
“We’re very excited to continue providing exceptional products and service to GM from our newest facility in North America,” said Mike Seurynck, Tenneco vice president and general manager North America Clean Air. “We are equally excited to help bring new jobs to the state of Tennessee and thank both the state and the city of Spring Hill for their support.”
Currently, Tenneco is searching for qualified candidates to fill positions including area manager, materials manager, quality engineer and welding engineer as well as qualified welders and team leaders. Interested candidates can apply at www.tenneco.com or applications are being accepted at Office 1 Time, 2547 Nashville Highway, Columbia, TN 38401. For more information, candidates may also contact Jacelle Stevens at email@example.com.
Quint Qualls covers Spring Hill for Home Page Media Group. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.