NASHVILLE—Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with TWB Company, LLC officials today announced the company will expand its current operations in Tennessee by locating a new manufacturing facility in Nashville. TWB will invest $18 million in this new operation, creating 41 new jobs in Davidson County.
“TWB’s expansion in Tennessee reinforces our global reputation as a leader in the automotive manufacturing industry,” Boyd said. “I want to thank TWB for choosing to open another location in our state and for the new jobs they’re creating in our communities.”
TWB will operate out of a 120,000 square foot facility at 6050 Dana Way, the company’s second location in Tennessee. The company also has operations in Smyrna. The Davidson County location will manufacture tailor welded blanks, which are individual steel sheets of different thickness, strength and coating joined together by laser welding and then stamped into automotive body panels.
The new facility will include next generation fiber lasers and curvilinear welding technology, expanding TWB’s 2D welding capabilities and its ability to reduce weight and increase strength of more parts of a vehicle. The use of tailor welded blanks in vehicles has grown in recent years as automakers use light weighting to improve the fuel economy of vehicles in order to meet new federal government standards.
The Nashville facility will initially serve General Motors, Nissan and several Tier 1 automotive suppliers. Production is expected to begin in October 2015. People interested in applying for one of these new jobs can submit a resume through TWB’s web site http://www.twbcompany.com/Careers.html.
Formed in 1992, TWB Company, LLC is a joint venture of Worthington Industries and Wuhan Iron and Steel Company. Worthington Industries holds majority ownership (55 percent) of the joint venture and financial results are consolidated within Worthington’s Steel Processing business segment. The venture is North America’s market leader for tailor welded products. More information at www.TWBCompany.com.
Nashville and Davidson County are represented by Speaker Beth Harwell (R – Nashville), Rep. Harold Love (D – Nashville), Rep. Jason Powell (D – Nashville), Rep. Bo Mitchell (D – Nashville), Rep. Bill Beck (D – Nashville), Rep. Mike Stewart (D – Nashville), Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D – Nashville), Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D – Nashville), Rep. Sherry Jones (D – Nashville), Rep. Darren Jernigan (D – Old Hickory), Sen. Steve Dickerson (R – Nashville), Sen. Ferrell Haile (R – Gallatin), Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D – Nashville) and Sen. Thelma Harper (D – Nashville).
Dir. of Corporate Communications, Worthington Industries
About Worthington Industries
Worthington Industries is a leading global diversified metals manufacturing company with 2014 fiscal year sales of $3.1 billion. Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Worthington is North America’s premier value-added steel processor providing customers with wide ranging capabilities, products and services for a variety of markets including automotive, construction and agriculture; a global leader in manufacturing pressure cylinders for industrial gas and cryogenic applications, CNG and LNG storage, transportation and alternative fuel tanks, oil and gas equipment, and brand consumer products for camping, grilling, hand torch solutions and helium balloon kits; and a manufacturer of operator cabs for heavy mobile industrial equipment; laser welded blanks for light weighting applications; automotive racking solutions; and through joint ventures, complete ceiling grid solutions; automotive tooling and stampings; and steel framing for commercial construction. Worthington employs approximately 11,000 people and operates 83 facilities in 11 countries.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Tennessee was named 2014 and 2013 “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.