Moldex-Metric, Inc. will create more than 200 new jobs in Wilson County, TN over the next three years. The N95 respirator manufacturer will invest $25 million in new manufacturing operations in Lebanon.
”Having conducted an exhaustive search for a suitable site, the state of Tennessee provided unique advantages to accomplish our expansion plans and it quickly became clear that Tennessee was the best location for our facility,” said Mark Magidson, President/CEO, Moldex-Metric, Inc. “In addition to expanding our capacity for N95 respirators, adding a distribution facility in Lebanon will place our products closer to many of our customers. We look forward to our partnership with the State of Tennessee, TNECD and the Lebanon community.”
The company is expanding its N95 respirator capacity to meet the surge in demand due to the COVID-19 pandemic as well as future market demand. The company plans to retrofit an existing building in Lebanon, which will be its first manufacturing facility in Tennessee. Beyond the capacity increase, Moldex also intends to build an additional distribution center on the 21-acre site.
“Tennessee’s economic recovery is fueled by companies that choose to do business in our state,” said Governor Bill Lee. “As we continue to navigate through these unprecedented times, I am especially proud to welcome a company that is directly focused on fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. I appreciate Moldex for choosing Tennessee and for creating more than 200 jobs in Wilson County.”
Headquartered in Culver City, CA, Moldex is the second largest manufacturer of N95 respirators in North America and has been manufacturing NIOSH approved respirators and hearing protection products for almost 40 years. Moldex products are made using proprietary technology and have been granted more than 50 patents.
“I would like to express my appreciation to Governor Lee and Commissioner Rolfe for all of their efforts that led to the announcement,” said Wilson County Mayor Randall Hutto. “Working with our county commissioners and our economic team has led us to be able to welcome Moldex to our community. We appreciate their confidence and look forward to a long-term partnership.”
Since 2015, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) has supported 20 economic development projects in Wilson County, accounting for 2,750 job commitments and more than $785 million in capital investment.
“Over the past three months, Tennessee companies have pledged to create over 3,000 new jobs across the state,” said TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “We’re pleased that another West Coast company has chosen to locate new operations in the Volunteer State, creating hundreds of family wage jobs in Lebanon. We thank Moldex for selecting our state for this project and look forward to seeing the global impact Moldex will make on the COVID-19 pandemic from its Wilson County facility.”
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