UPDATE: Rhea County continues to see growth in jobs.

Governor Bill Lee announced Stulz Air Technology Systems is adding a new facility in Dayton, TN, bringing 250 manufacturing jobs to the area.

"What keeps them here is the communities that are so unique like this one. And the workforce that will supply the jobs that they need will need in the future,” Lee said.

Lee says this wasn't only special for Rhea County, but the state of Tennessee as a whole.

"When a community gains momentum, then it actually adds to the entire economic vitality to the region. And once that begins, it is more likely to continue. I think it's a really great step for the area,” Lee said.

This isn't the only new facility coming to Rhea County.

Back in February, Nokian Tyre announced they were bringing 400 jobs to the area.

Rhea County officials say it's their strong workforce that keeps bringing industry to the area.  

"There is so many skilled people out here and are looking for an opportunity. They work hard, they have a great work ethic, they have skills, and manufacturers realize that. And that's why they are here. It's because of the people and the skills,” Rhea ECD Dennis Tumlin said.

"We not only have industry coming, we have more retail things coming too. And our county's growing and it's great,” Rhea County Executive George Thacker said.

And they hope the momentum doesn’t stop here.

"So we are 35 minutes to downtown Chattanooga and we are tapping into that momentum of Chattanooga, creating our own momentum,” Tulmin said.

According to officials, they have started the hiring process.

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ORIGINAL STORY: Hundreds of jobs are coming to Rhea County.

STULZ Air Technology Systems Inc. announced it will be investing $2 million and establishing manufacturing operations in Dayton, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development. The new plant will create 250 jobs.

“STULZ’s decision to create hundreds of jobs in Rhea County is tremendous news for Southeast Tennessee,” Lee said. “We’re committed to supporting job growth in rural Tennessee, and an investment like this from STULZ will spark terrific economic activity in Rhea County and the area.”

The plant will be located in the former International Automotive Components building on Greenway Boulevard.

“Rhea County has a long, rich history as a leader in the HVAC industry, and I’d like to thank STULZ for its decision to establish operations in Dayton,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee’s Tier-4 communities like Rhea County have our utmost attention when it comes to attracting new jobs and industry. By creating 250 jobs in Dayton, STULZ promises to provide steady incomes for hundreds of families in Rhea County.”

The company is based in Germany and employs more than 7,200 people at their other ten facilities across the world.

“STULZ chose to open a manufacturing facility in Dayton because of the outstanding and highly skilled workforce along with the great business-friendly climate of Dayton, Rhea County, and the state of Tennessee,” Andy Tuthill, STULZ’s vice president of manufacturing operations, said.

Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen expressed his excitement about the new plant.

"We are always excited to recruit new, high paying jobs to Rhea County,” Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen said. “Our skilled workforce combined with our business-friendly environment helped to make this opportunity a reality. We're thrilled to have this significant investment from STULZ here in Dayton."

Stay with Channel 3 as we learn more about how you can apply for jobs at the new plant.