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TACLE facility lays foundation
Apr 03, 2006 12:00 am
March 28, 2006 Construction on a $6.1 million automotive seat manufacturing facility forecast to create 160 high-paying jobs in Gladeville's Nashville-East Logistics Center could be completed by early autumn, economic development officials confirmed Monday.
TACLE Seating U.S.A. LLC – a joint venture between American and Japanese automotive seat manufacturers formed in late 2005 – recently secured Michigan-based contractor M.K.K. Technologies Inc. to construct the 90,169-square-foot facility on a 20-acre parcel inside the business park, already home to an ALDI distribution center and a Big G Express trucking facility.
An official groundbreaking ceremony at the site is scheduled for Thursday.
"The building is scheduled to be up by September," Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board Executive Director G.C. Hixson said.
Henry McCall Sr., the developer behind Nashville-East Logistics Center, explained preliminary site work is well underway.
"They've cleared all that land down there … so, technically, construction has already started," McCall said, adding work at the site is expected to proceed "post-haste."
Upon completion, the new facility – a supplier for Smyrna's Nissan Automotive plant – is expected to produce about 130,000 units annually and generate roughly $15 billion in annual sales within three years.
Information recently distributed to Wilson County commissioners indicated the TACLE factory would bring 160 new jobs to the Glade – 30 salaried employees earning $65,000 each year, on average, and 130 hourly employees compensated at the rate of $28 per hour.
Initial hiring for human resource and finance positions has started, Hixson said, noting more employment information will be released when TACLE begins "the real hiring of the 160 or 170 other folks."
He concluded TACLE could become the first industry to enter the county's business landscape under a new PILOT (payment in lieu of taxes) program recently adopted by the Wilson County Commission.
"We'll pursue a PILOT program with them with the (county) finance committee over the next couple of months," Hixson said. "This will be the first project taken to them under the new program."
The incentive program sets forth guidelines and criteria regarding a company's eligibility for county government tax breaks on personal property including machinery and other manufacturing equipment. It will not include tax breaks on real property such as land and buildings, officials said.
A number of factors will ultimately determine whether or not the seat manufacturer is eligible for the program, including average wages, total number of jobs created and the project's total price tag, Hixson said.
Staff Writer Brian Harville can be reached at 444-3952 ext. 16 or by e-mail at email@example.com.