UPDATE: One thousand jobs are coming to Bledsoe County this year. Textile Corporation of America, Incorporated company says they will invest a little over 27 million dollars, the largest private investment in the county's history.
The Mayor of Pikeville says it has taken years of hard labor to get the building ready for business on Ferro Street.
"I don't get a lot of good night's sleep but I did last night," said Philip Cagel, Mayor of Pikeville. "I finally got a good night's sleep knowing that we have jobs coming for our people."
Mayor Cagel is thrilled to announce that Textile Corporations of America is relocating its headquarters and manufacturing facility to Pikeville this October.
"We've waited a long time. We've had this building since the Dura plant left probably around 10, 11 or 12 years ago," said Cagel.
Officials say the deal wouldn't have been possible without the help of inmates who worked everyday over the last four years to restore the building.
The mayor has tried to lure other big name companies here in the past, but the conditions inside weren't ideal.
"I was actually embarrassed when I went through and the shape the building was in and the smell and the birds you name it, it was embarrassing," said Cagel. " It's been tough you know we're a small municipality and it's been hard on a budget and on a general budget but it's paying off."
New job applicants don't need any experience, just their resume in hand. The mayor calls the move a new beginning, in a town where it's been a long time coming.
"We don't really know, well we do somewhat, but yea we don't realize the impact it's going to have on this town," said Cagel. " It's going to change and to the better."
City officials say the company is planning a job fair in the coming weeks but those details are still being worked out. Stay with Channel 3 News on air and online as we learn more.
PREVIOUS STORY: Monday afternoon, Governor Haslam and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Textile Corporation of American Inc. officials announced the company will locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in Pikeville.
The Textile Corporation of America will invest a little over $27 million dollars and create 1,000 jobs in Bledsoe County. It will be the largest private investment in Bledsoe County history.
“Tennessee’s central location and established workforce make it a prime location for companies like Textile Corporation of America to set up manufacturing operations. By choosing Pikeville, Textile Corporation of America is helping us get one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs,” said Governor Haslam.
“I could not be happier that my home state of Tennessee is leading the renaissance of American manufacturing with the announcement of this facility today,” Chattanooga businessman and Textile Corporation of America owner Ed Cagle said. “We are proud to call Pikeville, Tennessee home to our new mill. Millions of dollars of investment and the creation of a thousand jobs will be transformative to this county and region."
The textile manufacturer utilizes state-of-the-art plants and machinery to produce quality industrial and institutional textile products including apparel, bedding, healthcare, hospitality, and kitchen linens. Textile Corporation of America will locate its headquarters and manufacturing facility in the Bledsoe County Industrial Building in Pikeville. The existing building is 186,000 square feet, including offices, and sits on 16 acres.