Robinette Company to Build New Facility in Sullivan County, TN

February 9, 2023.  The Robinette Company officials announced today the company

will invest $10.3 million to construct a new, 100,000-square-foot facility in Piney Flats, Tennessee. 

With a headquarters in Bristol and manufacturing operations in both Bristol and Piney Flats, the new facility will be The Robinette Company’s fourth location. Through this expansion, the company will create 70 new production jobs in Sullivan County. 

The Robinette Company’s new production facility will house additional equipment to provide support for producing film-related products and accommodate growing business demands. 

Founded in 1987, The Robinette Company has a rich and extensive history in the paper printing industry. The company began printing roll paper for the milling industry and has since expanded into a full-service packaging manufacturer for the food, pet food, consumer, beverage, lawn and garden, nutraceutical and health care industries. The Robinette Company’s expansion will bring the company’s total employment in Northeast Tennessee to nearly 450 people. 

Since 2018, TNECD has supported 12 economic development projects in Sullivan County, resulting in nearly 1,200 job commitments and $699 million in capital investment.  

“Our strong business climate and skilled workforce make Tennessee the ideal location for businesses to thrive. I thank The Robinette Company for its decision to invest in Sullivan County to ensure Tennesseans and our economy continue to thrive.” – Gov. Bill Lee 

“TNECD strives to provide the companies that call Tennessee home with the tools and resources needed to grow and expand. The Robinette Company’s decision to locate a new facility in Piney Flats is proof that we are doing our job to make Tennessee the place to do business, and we congratulate this company and the Sullivan County community on another great economic development win.” – TNECD Commissioner Stuart McWhorter 

“The TNECD staff, Sullivan County and NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership have been wonderful to work with throughout this process. We look forward to our continued growth in Sullivan County.” – Joe Robinette, CEO, The Robinette Company 

“Once again, The Robinette Company is investing in Sullivan County. Since Joe Robinette started this company in 1987, we have watched them grow into the world class company they are today, with expansion after expansion. I would like to thank NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership and our partners for securing this investment and its accompanying jobs right here where Tennessee begins its business day!” – Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable    

“TVA and BrightRidge congratulate The Robinette Company on its decision to expand operations in Piney Flats. It’s always an exciting day when we can celebrate a company’s commitment to growth in the Valley. We are proud to partner with NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to further that mission and look forward to The Robinette Company’s continued business success.” – John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development 

“I’m very pleased to help announce that The Robinette Company is expanding their successful operations with a fourth location in Sullivan County that will create 70 new jobs. The Robinette Company’s decision to bring more jobs into our community is a testament to our business-friendly environment and high quality of life. I look forward to continuing to partner with them in our efforts to bring new and better paying jobs to Tennesseans.” – Sen. Jon Lundberg (R-Bristol) 

“The Robinette Company’s latest expansion in Piney Flats highlights the overwhelming success that businesses can have in Sullivan County. Our skilled workforce, strong economy and great overall quality of life continue to be highly important for both new and existing employers. I congratulate The Robinette Company and all of its employees on this exciting announcement.” – State Rep. Scotty Campbell (R-Mountain City)