BY ALEXANDER WILLIS
On Thursday, Gov. Bill Lee’s administration announced a more than $3 million investment into the automotive supplier Athena-SCE in Mount Pleasant. The investment will see the addition of a 5,800 square foot addition to the existing facility, as well as the creation of 36 additional jobs.
Coming by way of Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe Thursday morning, the new addition is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year.
“Tennessee’s skilled workforce and robust network of automotive companies make our state an ideal place for auto suppliers to invest in,” Rolfe said in a statement. “I’m pleased to see Athena-SCE make this considerable investment in Mount Pleasant and bring dozens of quality jobs into this community.”
Lee also praised Tennessee’s workforce, as well as thanked Athena-SCE’s continued investment into the state.
“We’ve created a business climate in Tennessee that encourages companies to grow and create jobs here,” Lee said in a statement. “I’m happy to welcome Athena-SCE’s investment in Tennessee, which will strengthen the economy in Mount Pleasant.”
Athena-SCE President Ryan Hunter was pleased to see Mount Pleasant receive additional resources and manpower, and thanked the Maury County Alliance for the “warm welcome.”
“Moving a manufacturing plant is a significant undertaking,” Hunter said in a statement. “We’re thankful to the City of Mount Pleasant, the Maury County Alliance and the State of Tennessee for their genuinely warm welcome and expert assistance. We’re elated to be part of the Mount Pleasant community.”
Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles was thrilled with the news, calling his county a “leader in manufacturing job growth.”
“Maury County’s location, value and workforce make it a leader in manufacturing job growth for Tennessee,” Ogles said. “We are excited by Athena-SCE’s decision to consolidate and grow its operations in Maury County, and wish them every success as they move forward.”