Thursday, October 29, 2015

Lewisburg Gets the Gold

Improves TVA Sustainable Community Status from Silver to Gold
The city of Lewisburg, Tenn., has been named a Valley Sustainable Gold Community by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) – up from Silver Level status earned in 2013.

The Valley Sustainable Communities Program initiated by TVA Economic Development helps communities document and improve existing sustainability programs to increase their competitiveness when companies are considering investing in new or expanded locations.

Lewisburg completed the program sponsored by TVA, which was developed and administered by consultant Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA), in 2013. At that time, the community achieved a Silver Level Valley Sustainable Community status.

This year, TVA and BSA opened the program again for new communities and for those seeking to upgrade their current status. Lewisburg recognized that the community leadership had implemented several new sustainability programs with even more being planned. With this information, the Sustainable Community Committee re-applied and was pleased to discover that Lewisburg moved up to Gold Level status.

“We are proud that Lewisburg has completed the Valley Sustainable Communities Program,” said Del Boyette, president and CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors. “The Gold level designation recognizes that Lewisburg has community-wide sustainability in place, with some programs available to support the business community and take advantage of economic development opportunities.”

Sustainability has become a key issue for economic development organizations and communities as more corporations have demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainability. More than 90 percent of corporate real estate executives who responded to a CoreNet Global survey on sustainability said that it is a consideration in their company location decisions. The typical reasons for this corporate commitment are reduced operating costs for increased profitability and greater employee satisfaction.

“TVA Economic Development’s mission includes working with Valley communities to help prepare them to be ready for economic growth opportunities,” said John Bradley, TVA SVP of Economic Development. “We are seeing that more and more companies have an increasing business emphasis on sustainable operations, and are adding this component to their RFIs as they search for a community where they can locate, grow, and enhance their company’s sustainability commitments.”

 By the end of 2015, 28 communities in the TVA Region have achieved either Silver, Gold or Platinum level Valley Sustainable Community status through the program. Lewisburg will now become one of 14 communities to obtain Gold Level status, including nearby communities such as Franklin and Murfreesboro and larger communities such as Memphis, TN and Huntsville, AL.

Lewisburg Sustainable Community Team members include, Mayor Jim Bingham, Barbara Woods, Lisa Jackson, JECB Director Mike Wiles and Lewisburg ED Director Greg Lowe. The team will receive the TVA Sustainable Community Gold Level Award at a luncheon on December 1 in Nashville.

“This kind of recognition validates our efforts to become a progressive, business-friendly and environmentally sound community,” said Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham. “We are going to continue efforts such as this as we move forward with more plans and projects to make Lewisburg the best city to live, work and do business.”

Thursday, August 27, 2015


Global Automotive Parts Manufacturer to Invest Over $20 Million, Create 181 New Jobs
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Multimatic Tennessee LLC officials announced today the company will locate new automotive manufacturing operations in Lewisburg. Multimatic will invest more than $20 million in building upgrades and new robotic welding infrastructure and create 181 new jobs in Marshall County.

“We want to welcome Multimatic to Tennessee and thank them for the investment in Marshall County and the new jobs that will be created in Lewisburg,” Haslam said. “Here in Tennessee, we work to create a business-friendly environment that attracts new companies to the state while helping them grow and succeed, and today’s announcement brings us one step closer toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Home to more than 900 automotive suppliers and manufacturers, Tennessee is known worldwide for its strength and momentum in the automotive sector,” Boyd said. “It means a great deal when a global company like Multimatic chooses to grow its operations and invest in our state, and we thank the company for creating these new jobs in Lewisburg and Marshall County.”

Multimatic is a global corporation supplying engineered components, systems and services to the automotive industry. Products to be made at the Lewisburg facility will include instrument panel structures, rocker braces and upper and lower tie bar supports.

“We were initially drawn to Tennessee to support the production and supply requirements of an important customer to Multimatic,” Sam Bozzo, vice president, Multimatic Structures and Suspension, said. “From the time that a site was identified in Lewisburg, our team has been impressed with the city and the support received from the state and the Department of Economic and Community Development.”

"We are proud to welcome Multimatic to our industrial family," Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham said. "Multimatic is a great company providing high-quality jobs to our community. The state of Tennessee continues to prove that it is the best state for automotive, and Lewisburg is pleased to play its role in attracting automotive companies to the state and region."

Multimatic’s core capabilities include the engineering and manufacturing of complex mechanisms, body hardware, suspension systems and body structures, as well as the design and development of lightweight composite automotive systems. In addition, Multimatic delivers niche vehicle design, development and production for road and race car applications.

Multimatic is headquartered in Toronto, Canada, and has manufacturing operations and engineering facilities in North America, Europe and Asia, with alliance partner relationships in other automotive markets. For more information, visit

A listing of available positions at Multimatic’s Lewisburg facility can be found

Lewisburg and Marshall County are represented by Sen. Jim Tracy (R – Shelbyville) and Rep. Billy Spivey (R – Lewisburg) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Tennessee was named 2014 and 2013 “State of the Year” for economic development byBusiness 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: Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd.  Like us on Facebook:

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Tourism Revenues in Marshall County Up 2.4%


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, today announced during a special event at the Ryman Auditorium that tourism’s direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached $17.7 billion in 2014, up 6.3 percent, and an all-time high for the state. Tourism-generated jobs for Tennesseans reached 152,900, an increase of 2.8 percent. State and local sales tax revenue for the industry topped $1.5 billion, up 7 percent over 2013, and the ninth consecutive year tourism topped $1 billion, according to the latest statistics from the 2014 Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee as reported by U.S. Travel Association.

For the first time in history, travel to Tennessee topped 100 million, achieving 101.3 million person stays, a 5.1 percent increase over 2013. International travel increased 8.4 percent, reaching $576.5 million in economic impact. All 95 counties in Tennessee had more than $1 million in direct travel expenditures, 19 counties saw more than $100 million, and three counties, Davidson, Shelby and Sevier, had more than $1 billion in economic impact. Knox and Hamilton Counties round out the Top 5 with nearly $1 billion in economic impact. Tennessee is ranked in the Top 10 destinations in the U.S. for total travel.

Tourists spent a total of $21.57 million in Marshall County in 2014, an increase of 2.4% compared to 2013, generating a total of $1.26 million in state and $0.57 million in local tax revenues, increases of 3.2% and 2.6%, respectively. A total of 146 Marshall Countians are employed in tourism-related fields.

“This increase in tourism across the board is a result of the strategic work of Tourist Development, the Tourism Committee, and the entire tourism and hospitality industry,” Haslam said. “We want Tennessee to be a place people from all over the world want to visit. The data shows that’s happening, and more jobs and $1.5 billion in sales tax revenue is good news for every Tennessean.”

Tennessee’s customer satisfaction landed at an impressive 8.5 out of 10. The satisfaction scores are greater than those of the average U.S. destination.

“Tourists are drawn to Tennessee for our world-renown music, outstanding attractions, stunning scenic beauty,” Triplett said. “But, at the end of the day, people keep coming to Tennessee for our authenticity and exceptional, Southern hospitality. That is the ‘made in Tennessee’ brand delivered to our visitors every day by our communities and partners.”

The Tennessee Tourism Committee, appointed in 2011 by Gov. Bill Haslam, is made up of tourism leaders in both the public and private sectors. TTC is chaired by Colin Reed, Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc., and co-chaired by Jack Soden, Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. and Sande Weiss, president of Music Road Resort.

For more information contact Cindy Dupree, director of public relations for the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, at 615-418-5752 or by email at


Explore more at and join other Tennessee travelers by following “TNVacation” on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Congressman Desjarlais Visits Meiwa and Nichirin in Lewisburg

Congressman Scott Desjarlais (R-TN-4th District) came to Lewisburg on Monday, August 17, 2015 to visit with representatives from Meiwa Industry North America and Nichirin Tennessee.
The congressman heard about the companies' success since moving to Lewisburg, from growth in employment and customer bases, to their upgraded processes to become even stronger competitors in the automotive supplier markets.
At Meiwa, Rep. Desjarlais learned first hand the manufacturing process that allows Meiwa to produce high-quality interior linings for many automotive OEMs and the company's plans to expand their customer base to more automotive manufacturers in America and across the globe.
At Nichirin, Rep. Desjarlais watched the processes that allows the company to produce high-quality hoses for many automotive manufacturers around the world and other types of vehicles from ATVs to heavy equipment.
The congressman also spoke with company representatives about the challenges each faces from global market forces to government regulations and workforce issues.

Click to see a storyboard of the Congressman's visit to Meiwa and Nichirin in Lewisburg.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

August Weekend Events in Lewisburg

August has been a great month for events in Lewisburg from the bringing together of our college-aged kids to biking with Mayor Jim Bingham to the upcoming farm-to-table Dinner on the Square event. 

On August 1, several Marshall Co. kids home from college for the summer came to the Kid Again Festival at Rock Creek Park in Lewisburg to play games, listen to music and win prizes. During the event, kids provided ideas to make Lewisburg better on Post-It notes on the big idea board.

Some of the provided:
  • Smoothie / Coffee relaxing chill hangout
  • More pretty landscape, flowers, trees
  • Community field day
  • Community pot luck dinner
  • Another addition to walk on, hiking trails
  • Themed movie night
  • Community wide scavenger hunt
  • More places to eat, more to do, places to hang out, and shopping places
  • More community / environmental activities
  • I’d like to see more done with the Recreation Center, a skate park would be a great addition, with
  • lights and set hours
  • We need places to eat, not fast food.
  • More projects like this (Kids Again Festival) to show people that they have opinions again

On Saturday, 10 people put on their riding helmets, hopped on their bikes and took a 20-Mile bike ride with Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham. Mayor Bingham is an avid bike rider and wanted to share a good ride with citizens from the Community. The ride began at the Lewisburg Recreation Center and riders pedaled their way to New Lake Park for a water and snack break. The group then pedaled to the Recreation Center where Director of Parks and Recreation Cary Whitesell treated the riders to watermelon. 

This Saturday, August 22, 100 people will gather on the Lewisburg Square to enjoy a farm-to-table dinner provided by the Marshall Co. Young Farmers and Ranchers and Ladies of the Farm Bureau. Michael Wealth Management is sponsoring wine from local winery Picker's Creek Winery as David Liggett will play guitar to entertain the crowd. 

Friday, June 19, 2015

Coding Camp for Marshall and Giles County Students - Ages 12-18 - July 13-17

Attention Marshall and Giles County students ages 12-18. July 13th - 17th we will be holding a Coding Camp at Giles County High School.
In order to register your spot, please contact Patricia Lymon with the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance at 931-398-6030. Spots are limited and we are only accepting 20 applications (10 from each County) for this first camp. CALL TODAY!!!!!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015


Governor Bill Haslam Presents the TDOT Grant to Lewisburg from the Lewisburg Greenway

Grant to Fund Downtown Connector Phase I Grant is One of Three Grants Recently Awarded to the City of Lewisburg by TDOT
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer announced today the award of a $701,138 transportation alternative grant to provide a pedestrian and bicycle facility connecting Lewisburg Square with Rock Creek Park. 
The Downtown Connector Project, which will be constructed in four phases, includes parking, sidewalks, and a multiuse path, eventually connecting to the existing Rock Creek Park Greenway path. The grant funds Phase I of the project. 
Image"This project will improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists as well as provide residents and visitors with critical connections to different areas of the city," Haslam said. "Tennessee's downtowns are the heart of our communities, and projects like this enhance the lives of Tennesseans and make our communities more livable." 
The transportation alternative grant is made possible through a federally funded program formerly known as transportation enhancement, and is administered by the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT). 
"Through these grants, TDOT has funded more than $318 million in non-traditional transportation projects," Schroer said. "This program has assisted communities all over the state in their efforts to revitalize downtowns, highlight historic areas, provide alternative means of transportation, and increase opportunities for economic development." 
A variety of activities, such as the restoration of historic facilities, bike and pedestrian trails, landscaping and other non-traditional transportation projects, are eligible for grant funds under the federal program. 
The City was also awarded a TDOT Multimodal Grant to create a connector to the Greenway at the East Commerce Bridge. The connector will allow pedestrians on the Greenway to access East Commerce and the Lewisburg Square. Along with the connector, the East Commerce bridge itself will receive a facelift. 
The third grant is a TDOT Transporation Planning Grant that will reprogram and synchronize all the traffic lights in the City of Lewisburg. Lewisburg Public Works recently completed a study of all traffic lights in the City and the grant will use that study to better program and synchronize all traffic lights in the City. 
State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) and state Rep. Billy Spivey (R-Lewisburg) represent Marshall County in the Tennessee General Assembly. 
Gov. Haslam receives a gift of local products from the City of Lewisburg including Brother's Fine Foods, Captain Rodney's and Picker's Creek. Pictured (l-r) Rep. Billy Spivey, Councilman Roy Haislip, Gov. Haslam, City Manager Randall Dunn, County Mayor Joe B. Liggett and Sen. Jim Tracy.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Lewisburg Recreation Center Officially Opens New Pool

Lewisburg Recreation Center Director Cary Whitesell welcomes
everyone to the official ribbon cutting for the new pool and water slide
The Lewisburg Recreation Center held its official ribbon cutting for the New Pool and Water Slide on Thursday, May 21, 2015 hosting local officials from the city and county, representatives from the firms involved in renovating the pool, members of the Recreation Center staff, and many visitors and volunteers.
Mayor Jim Bingham makes the first donation to Team Brandon
and walks away with a Comfort Research Pool Petz Dolphin.
The Grand Opening will be Saturday, May 23, 2015 where the public will be welcome to come and enjoy the new facilities. Local industry, Comfort Research, has donated their locally manufactured pool noodles and pool petz for the first new swimmers. For a $10 donation to Team Brandon, a fundraiser for local student and lifeguard, Brandon Bradley, who is about to undergo his second round battle with Leukemia. Comfort Research makes the pool noodles, Southern Carton of Lewisburg provides the packing boxes and Lewisburg Printing provides the packaging printing to make this donation a true local industry effort.
To break in the new water slide, City Manager Randall Dunn, Public Works Director Buck Beard and City Councilman Trigg Cathey each took a turn coming down the water slide.

For 62 years, the outdoor swimming pool has been providing family fun summer after summer; and thanks to the new renovation and water slide, many more generations of Lewisburg and Marshall County families will have a place to enjoy for many, many summers to come.
Miss Lewisburg Courtney Neill and Miss Marshall County Hannah Haynes holds a couple of Pool Petz from Comfort Research next to the brand new Water Slide.

Monday, May 18, 2015

CKNA Celebrates LEAP Grant for Four Counties

Training the future workforce is the goal of industry and the communities in which they reside. Thanks to an initiative by Gov. Bill Haslam, a partnership between local industries, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, the South Central Development District and four counties - Bedford, Franklin, Lincoln and Marshall - is expanding workforce training facilities and programs in the region.
Gov. Bill Haslam introduced the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) grant earlier this year and regions across the state competed for up to $1M in funding to develop and implement workforce development training. The South Central Development District brought together the TCAT-Shelbyville leadership and local leaders from the four counties in the region to create TCAT facilities in each county that would provide Industrial Maintenance Technology training through TCAT-Shelbyville.
Calsonic Kansei North America stepped up to be the top contributor to this project with a donation of $50,000 to help develop the training facilities in each of the four counties.
In a ceremony on Monday, May 18 at their headquarters in Shelbyville, CKNA officially made their financial donation to the project in front of the CKNA leadership and local officials from each of the four counties.
For Marshall County, this will mean that a TCAT-Shelbyville facility will be created in the city-owned building at 218 West Commerce, just off the Lewisburg Square. Starting in September, students will be given the opportunity to take 24-month training at the Lewisburg facility to become certified in Industrial Maintenance - a much-needed skill for several of the local industries in Marshall and surrounding counties.
"There is no greater industrial partner to this community than CKNA," said Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham. "Time and again, CKNA has demonstrated its commitment to Lewisburg and Marshall County by investing in community and workforce development projects that will to not only ensure their continued success, but will also insure the continued growth and prosperity of Lewisburg and Marshall County."
CKNA CEO Shingo Yamamoto thanks everyone at the Ceremony for their support of the LEAP Grant
CKNA CEO Shingo Yamamoto, Sr. VP Mike Layne and COO Eric Huch welcomed several special guests to the ceremony Monday morning including Sen. Jim Tracy and Rep. Pat Marsh, all mayors from each county and representatives of the education and training community in the region.

CKNA COO Eric Huch talks about the importance of workforce development in the region. 
"We need to develop a pipeline of good, skilled employees in order for us to continue to compete in the global market," said COO Eric Huch. "We appreciate the opportunity to assist in this project that will not only develop that pipeline for CKNA but for all the other industries in the region."
Along with CKNA's donation to the grant, Lewisburg industries Berry Plastics, Nichirin and Walker Die Casting committed funding or equipment to develop the training facility in Lewisburg.
Renovation on the facility in Lewisburg is currently underway with plans to begin training this September. More details on how to enter the Industrial Maintenance training program will be released in the next few weeks.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

MFG Day 2015 at MCHS

Google+ Storyboard Link to MFG Day 2015 at MCHS - April 17, 2015

Students at MCHS learned about local manufacturing companies, the products they make and the path to careers to those companies. Click the link above to view a photo storyboard about the day. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Hell of the South Bike Race in Lewisburg

Dr. Laray Rector Memorial Ride at Hell of the South Bike Race
today in Lewisburg, TN
The Hell of the South Bike Race in honor of Dr. Laray Rector, dentist for Lewisburg and Columbia, came to Lewisburg, TN today on April 11, 2015 bringing 200+ racers to run the course through Belfast and Spring Place. The 22 mile lap took racers through some of the prettiest country in Marshall County and local officials, volunteers and fans worked and cheered each competitor on.

Crossing the Finish Line in the First of Three Races at Hell of the South in Lewisburg, TN

Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham set to join the race.

Racers take the hill on Snake Creek Road.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Great Turnout for Chamber Business Expo

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - Columbia State Community College - Lewisburg

The Marshall Co. Chamber of Commerce annual Business Expo enjoyed a great turnout of local businesses, agencies and people highlighting some of the small businesses and service agencies that help drive the local economy of Marshall County.

Executive Director Ritaanne Weaver with President Vicki Cain and an active Board of Directors have been increasing the Chamber's presence and activities over the past three years. With monthly lunch and learn sessions, weekly business coffees, a Shop Local campaign, including a local business Treasure Hunt, and events such as Mayfest on the Square along with all the daily activities in assisting small businesses, local residents and visitors to the community, the Chamber's success is showing. They have seen an increase in membership, higher turnouts to events and activities and the local sales tax rate has gone up by more than 3% each of the last two years.

The annual Business Expo is just one of the main events the Chamber's puts on each year and it too has grown with each year. The Chamber is already making plans for next year's event with more food vendors and more local businesses showcasing their products and services.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Job Fair in Lewisburg March 24 and the City Of Lewisburg Economic Development is announcing the Jobs4TN Hiring Event Lewisburg. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 24, at 10:00 a.m. (CDT) at Lewisburg Recreation Center located at 1551 Mooresville Hwy, Lewisburg. A variety of job opportunities with all levels of skill requirements will be available at this event.

More than 18 employers are set to participate including R. E. West Transportation, CalsonicKansei North America Inc., Maury County Public Schools, and Walmart Distribution Center. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their résumé and dress professionally. For more information please contact Debbie Mullins at (615) 898-8041.

To view available jobs in your area, visit Jobs4TN Online that has more than 90,000 Tennessee jobs listed daily

WHAT:             Jobs4TN Hiring Event Lewisburg
WHEN:            Tuesday, March 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CDT)
WHERE: Lewisburg Recreation Center
                       1551 Mooresville Hwy
                       Lewisburg, TN 37091
Some Participating Organizations
R. E. West Transportation
Talos Engineered Products
National Pen Company
CalsonicKansei North America Inc.
Maury County Public Schools
Complete Care Choice
IBEX Global
Rogers Group Inc.
Walmart Distribution Center

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Chamber Business Expo - April 9

TCAT Pulaski College Open House - Feb. 3

The Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski will hold an open house on Tuesday, February 3.

The college will be open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. for tours, onsite demonstrations, program information, displays, and handouts.

For more information on TCAT-Pulaski’s February 3 open house, call 424-4014.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Leadership Week Comes to Marshall County

Lyn Stacey - CTE Director -
gives a tour of the Spot Lowe Technology Center
to the Gattis Leadership group. 
Leadership development is a crucial component of a community's sustainability plan and this week Marshall County played host to three leadership groups developed in or with Marshall County.
Leadership Marshall is a program created and directed by Lynda Potts of Lewisburg and offers local residents the opportunity to take the course and learn about the community in which they live. At the end of the course, the class of students chooses and implements a community development project that has ranged from park benches for the Greenway to creating the Junior Leadership Marshall program.
Junior Leadership Marshall invites students from each of the three high schools in Marshall County to take part in a program similar to the adult version - Leadership Marshall.
Dave Kennedy of Southern Carton
gives a tour of his facility
to Junior Leadership Marshall
Four years ago, Marshall County Leadership alumni and alumni from similar Leadership programs in surrounding counties developed a regional Leadership program called Gattis Regional Leadership. This program takes people who have graduated from their county leadership course and offers them the opportunity to learn more about the counties that surround their communities. Gattis Leadership began with six counties, but has grown to eleven counties in the region.
Last week, Marshall County hosted all three Leadership groups to tour Marshall County with Junior Leadership Marshall and Leadership Marshall taking an Industry Day tour. Gattis Leadership brought program participants from each of the counties in the region to Marshall County for a tour of the community and its assets, plans and issues it faces.

Wayne Wolf of Old Hickory Smokehouse
gives a tour of his facility to
Junior Leadership Marshall
The students from each program were treated to presentations by local officials in Marshall County, local assets from the Library to the Spot Lowe Technology Center and tours of several local industries including Old Hickory Smokehouse, Southern Carton, CKNA and Lewisburg Printing.
Participants in the Junior Leadership Marshall and Leadership Marshall will continue to take tours of the community for History Day, Local Government Day, State Government Day and more.
The Gattis Leadership participants will continue to take tours of each of the counties in the program to learn what each has to offer and what each faces.
AME Instructor Danny Adams of
Spot Lowe Technology Center
demonstrates one of the training machines
to Gattis Leadership
To join Junior Leadership Marshall, students must submit an application and their schools and be selected to participate by the Junior Leadership Marshall Board. To join the Leadership Marshall program, residents of Marshall County need simply to contact Lynda Potts and ask to take the next upcoming course. To join the Gattis Leadership program, anyone who graduates from Leadership Marshall can request to participate in the program and information and joining is provided upon graduation from Leadership Marshall.