A global power and automation company is expanding their presence in Tennessee, bringing the addition of 70 news jobs.

ABB will add 60,000 square feet to its current operation in Athens, which should be completed by the end of 2019, according to a news release issued by the company. The company acquired Thomas & Betts in 2012.

“ABB has a significant presence across Tennessee, employing thousands of residents,” Rolfe said. “This expansion is yet another sign that Tennessee is a place where employers can grow, invest and create job opportunities for our residents. I’d like to thank ABB for its commitment to expand in Athens, and I look forward to the continued impact this terrific company will have for the citizens of East Tennessee.”

ABB has over 24,000 employees in more than 100 communities. The company's U.S. operations primarily center on robotics, power grids, industrial automation and electrification products.

ABB’s Electrification Products division is headquartered in Memphis. ABB’s recent acquisition of GE Industrial Solutions grew ABB’s Tennessee operations to 2,425 employees across Memphis, Portland, Athens, Alamo, Rogersville and now Selmer and Morristown.

“Approximately 70 more families will be better able to provide for themselves as ABB expands its operations in Athens,” Athens Mayor Chuck Burris. “This latest round of investment shows the strength of the relationship that we have enjoyed since 1965. Today’s announcement of new jobs is a testament to the economic vitality of the Friendly City and strength of the quality products that ABB manufactures here.”

"I want to thank ABB for its continued faith in McMinn County,” McMinn County Mayor John Gentry said. “ABB is providing competitive wages that empower families and stimulate growth in the local economy. This expansion is the just the latest example of ABB’s commitment to our region as it continues to be a premier corporate citizen."

“TVA and Athens Utility Board congratulate ABB on its decision to expand operations in McMinn County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “It is always an exciting day when an existing company is committed to continuing growth in our region, and we are proud to partner with McMinn County Development Authority and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to celebrate this announcement.”