April 23, 2019 – McNeilus Steel, Inc. will establish a new manufacturing facility in Morristown, Tennessee where the steel processor will create 72 jobs over the next five years.
McNeilus Steel will invest $18.8 million to build a 100,000 sq. ft. facility in the East Tennessee Progress Center. The company expects the facility will be operational in the first quarter of 2020.
“McNeilus Steel’s decision to invest in Tennessee and create high-skill jobs reinforces our thriving business environment and growing skilled workforce,” said Lee. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact this company will have on the residents of East Tennessee.
At the Morristown plant, McNeilus Steel will fabricate metal parts for equipment manufacturers in the southeast. “McNeilus Steel’s investment in Morristown underscores the ripple effect of TNECD’s efforts to recruit new industry. McNeilus Steel will supply Oshkosh Corporation, a manufacturer we welcomed to Jefferson County a year ago. The growth of this type of manufacturing ecosystem is very promising for East Tennessee,” said Rolfe. “Morristown has strong momentum, and with the presence of companies like McNeilus Steel, I’m confident local residents will continue to have quality job opportunities.”
Headquartered in Dodge Center, Minn., McNeilus Steel is family owned and operated. “McNeilus Steel is very excited to expand our services to Morristown,” said Glenn Sylvester, COO McNeilus Steel, Inc. “Geographically this is an optimal location to continue to grow our family business. We look forward to getting this facility operational and adding quality employees from the region.”
The company supplies steel products and offers metal fabrication services to customers. It employs approximately 700 people in the U.S. and also has locations in Fargo, ND and Fond du Lac, Wis.
“As our industrial opportunities continue to grow, let me first thank our city and county officials for continuing to enable the Industrial Board to help diversify our economy and provide top skilled job opportunities for our citizens. Obviously, the State of Tennessee is a tremendous asset to us all and their staff is always most cooperative,” said R. Jack Fishman, chairman of the Industrial Development Board of the City of Morristown.
“It’s always a great day for Morristown when an announcement is made that means more regional job opportunities. We’re very enthusiastic about McNeilus Steel making the decision to locate its new plant here,” said Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney. “All who were involved in making the East Tennessee Progress Center a desirable industrial location are pleased to see this investment and growth in the diversity of products manufactured in Morristown. The City of Morristown looks forward to helping McNeilus become a welcome member of our industrial community.”
Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain agreed. “This announcement is more exciting news for our entire region. The jobs and investment by McNeilus Steel benefits all of the community and residents of Hamblen County,” he said. “I am excited about McNeilus’ future in Hamblen County and appreciate its commitment to our community.”