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CEVA's consolidation in Wilson County to be final soon

Laurie Everett • Dec 15, 2015 at 11:34 AM

By early fall, Wilson County will see more than 800 additional jobs with CEVA's consolidation complete at Beckwith Farms industrial park near Interstate 40.

Wilson County economic development officials said Mt. Juliet snagged CEVA, a worldwide logistics company, and it is midway through the process to consolidate its operations currently in Davidson and Rutherford counties.

Ceva will move into 700,000 square feet of warehouse space currently under construction, said Wilson County Joint Economic Development Board Director G.C. Hixson.

"It's a consolidation of a Nashville operation into one park in Wilson County," Hixson said Wednesday. "It will also bring professional and office positions. It will be more than warehousing. It's important to bring in other types of businesses into the county."

He said Ceva – home based in the Netherlands – already occupies space at the industrial park and employs 153 people. They supply logistics services for Dell, shipping "computers, servers and other products." 

"With the new building and consolidation, it will add 100 new jobs and transfer 460 people from Davidson and Rutherford counties," said Hixson.

He said along with these jobs, an additional 275 seasonal jobs will open up for people in the area. These jobs will be available from September through January, after the consolidation is complete.

"It's going to be a huge breath of fresh air for the industrial park and our county," he said.

Hixson said Ceva's lease is with Beckwith Farms developer Panattoni Development Co. He said the Wilson County Budget Committee passed an "incentive" package for Ceva.

"It is a six-year abatement on property taxes and a portion of their personal property," said Hixson.

He said Wilson County economic officials are also working with the state for assistance on infrastructure improvements in the park.

KHS Music is also a business at Beckwith Farms. It makes and repairs band instruments and relocated to Mt. Juliet from Texas.

Another facility is under construction in the industrial park to serve Hollister, which will move from Nashville, said Hixson. They are a medical products distributer and will move into a 240,000 square foot building. 

Mt. Juliet Mayor Ed Hagerty recently said Ceva's consolidation plans in Mt. Juliet will go a long way toward solidifying his vision for Mt. Juliet to be a place to  "live, work, play and worship."

"We've been on a big push for Class A office space for Mt. Juliet," he said. "This with Ceva is also going to bring daytime workers to Mt. Juliet. Beckwith Farms is properly zoned, and I think there is a pretty good road network already in place. This will be a shot in the arm."

Hixson said along with hundreds of jobs that come with Ceva, there would be "truck drivers coming through, people eating in restaurants and an overall huge economic boost to not only Mt. Juliet, but the entire county."

The industrial park is on 500 acres. 

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