Star LED will invest approximately $1 million and create 50 jobs in Mountain City, TN over the next five years. The LED lighting manufacturer, distributor and wholesaler specializes in products for commercial, residential, marine and automotive applications.
“Our organization and brand is primed for growth and market penetration. A facility in Mountain City, Tennessee furthers Star LED’s strategy for expansion in the United States while supporting our strategic partners efficiently,” said Star LED CEO Charlie Blanco. “Our presence here in Mountain City will enable Star LED to be ever more responsive to our partners’ and clients’ immediate needs by providing superior grade LED lights for any application and unparalleled service throughout our clients’ experience with us.”
Star LED plans to renovate and occupy a 55,500-square-foot facility in the Johnson County Industrial Park. The company will manufacture and distribute LED lighting products from the facility, which is expected to be operational in the third quarter of 2018.
“By having the ability to assemble our product in the U.S., allows us to ensure that product quality is second to none against all of our competitors,” said Star LED Chairman Garry Garoni. “Manufacturing that is re-shored allows for better employment rates and better global economies. People feel patriotic when they support the U.S economy and create jobs for American workers, which is important to Star LED. People also want to know that the product is safe and the quality is superior in the market place, which is something we can guarantee and control with our facility.”
“I’d like to thank Star LED for its decision to invest in Mountain City,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “In Tennessee, we’ve established a business-friendly environment that encourages companies to put capital at risk and create jobs for our residents. The creation of 50 new jobs will have a considerable impact on Johnson County’s economy and put more income in the pockets of Tennesseans.”
“It is a very exciting time when new jobs are coming into a rural county like ours,” said Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter. “Star LED has already been very involved in our community and in our local economy. We look forward to a long-term relationship with this terrific company.”
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