Posted by: Carly Schroer
Automotive equipment and accessories distributer and marketer to create 150 jobs
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and LKQ Corporation officials announced today that the automotive equipment and accessories distributer and marketer will expand its regional headquarters in Davidson County. LKQ will create 150 jobs in Nashville over the next five years.
“LKQ’s decision to expand in Tennessee showcases that our state’s workforce and business climate allows companies to expand and continue to succeed here,” Haslam said. “I appreciate LKQ for its continued investment in Tennessee, for creating 150 new jobs in Nashville and Davidson County, and for bringing Tennessee one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No.1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“I want to thank LKQ for choosing to expand in Davidson County,” Boyd said. “Tennessee employs more in the automotive sector than any other state in the Southeast, and I appreciate LKQ for adding even more jobs to this growing sector and our Team Tennessee workforce. I look forward to the company’s future success and growth in our state.”
LKQ Corporation is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts and accessories to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. The company has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, recreational and performance vehicles.
“This expansion effort will ensure that LKQ can continue to meet the growing demand for our products in North America and around the world. We are grateful to Davidson County and the State of Tennessee for their continued support as we invest in our shared future,” Justin L. Jude, Senior Vice President of Operations of LKQ, said.
LKQ plans to build a new approximately 100,000-square foot building in Nashville to accommodate the company’s future growth. Once built, LKQ’s existing approximately 400 Nashville employees will move to the new facility, where the company will create 150 new jobs over the next five years.
“LKQ has been a terrific employer and corporate citizen in Nashville, and its decision to expand operations in Davidson County while making a sizeable capital investment in the Nashville community is very exciting,” Mayor Megan Barry said. “LKQ’s choice to expand here goes to further show Nashville’s strength as a global market for automotive companies.”
“TVA and Nashville Electric Service congratulate LKQ on its decision to create new job opportunities in Davidson County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Attracting and retaining quality jobs is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service. We are proud to partner with Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help support continued growth of companies like LKQ in the region.”
Nashville and Davidson County are represented by Speaker Beth Harwell (R – Nashville), Rep. Bo Mitchell (D – Nashville), Rep. Bill Beck (D – Nashville), Rep. Mike Stewart (D – Nashville), Rep. Jason Powell (D – Nashville), Rep. Brenda Gilmore (D – Nashville), Rep. John Ray Clemmons (D – Nashville), Rep. Harold Love (D – Nashville), Rep. Sherry Jones (D – Nashville), Rep. Darren Jernigan (D – Old Hickory), Sen. Steven Dickerson (R – Nashville), Sen. Ferrell Haile (R – Gallatin), Sen. Jeff Yarbro (D – Nashville) and Sen. Thelma Harper (D – Nashville) in the Tennessee General Assembly.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: TNECD.com. Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/TNECD.