Product Line Relocation to Bring 96 High-Tech Jobs to Lewisburg
Teledyne Electronics Manufacturing Services of Lewisburg, TN announced today that it will be the recipient of a new product line from one of its sister facilities in California that will bring new business growth and employee growth to the company.
Teledyne EMS of Lewisburg has been a leader in electronics manufacturing for the defense and aerospace industries for more than 30 years. When the opportunity came to compete with other sister facilities for a new Micro-electronics product line out of California, officials at the Lewisburg facility began working with Lewisburg and State of Tennessee Economic Development officials to help them demonstrate why moving the operations to Middle Tennessee was the right choice.
“The State of Tennessee made a very good presence at the meetings and provided a lot of background on what the state can bring to the project,” said Shane Green, VP and GM of Teledyne EMS of Lewisburg.
Working with the state and regional economic development partners, the City of Lewisburg put together incentive and relocation packages to help bring not only the new expansion and jobs, but people from the California facility.
“We wanted to show that it made good business sense to relocate the product line in Lewisburg and that Lewisburg and the entire Middle Tennessee region provide a great location for some of its highly-skilled workforce to relocate as well,” said Greg Lowe, Lewisburg Director of Economic Development.
The new product line involves micro-electronics manufacturing that has been in operation on the West Coast for the past 50 years. This high-tech manufacturing operation demands a highly-skilled workforce of engineers and those with the ability to obtain and retain security clearances from the Department of Defense. Training of existing workers and new hires will be essential to the success of the project, as well as recruiting of other highly-skilled employees from the west coast.
“The exciting part about it is that it contains a whole range of new technologies that we don’t currently perform here,” said Green. “This will allow us to provide a broader range of products and services to the customer base. We feel like this is going to be a strong competitive position for us and enable growth of the business over time.”
The expansion will create 60-70 new jobs at the Lewisburg facility around the middle of next year and is projected to create 96 new jobs total over the next five years. The positions will be all high-tech manufacturing positions from engineers and support services to operators, technicians, and production.
“To our knowledge, we will be unique in the area with hybrid manufacturing, chip and wire technology, and chip integration technology,” said Green.
The expansion announcement marks the second of welcomed news to the City of Lewisburg following a groundbreaking on November 26 of a new manufacturing operation scheduled to begin operations late next year. Imperial Foods Services will begin construction of a new facility in the Lewisburg I-65 Commerce Park soon with scheduled completion to be sometime around the second or third quarter of 2013. This project is expected to bring 50 new jobs to Lewisburg.
The Teledyne expansion will require the relocation or purchase of new equipment over the next several months and may involve the construction of an additional 25,000 sq. ft. to its existing facility in the Lewisburg Industrial Park. The company hopes to begin hiring for the expansion project by the summer of 2013.