Lightning Source Investing $22M In Tennessee Manufacturing Facility

The new print-on-demand operation will be the company’s fifth U.S. facility and will create nearly 150 jobs in Jackson, TN.

Lightning Source LLC will establish its fifth U.S. facility in Jackson, TN. The La Vergne-based company, a part of Ingram Content Group®, will invest $22 million and create nearly 150 jobs in Madison County over the next three years.

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Lightning Source provides a comprehensive suite of inventory-free, on-demand print and distribution services for books to the publishing industry. It offers publishers the ability to print books in any quantity and provides customers access to a worldwide bookselling channel.

“We are a homegrown, Tennessee company with deep roots here,” said Shawn Morin, President & CEO, Ingram Content Group. “Our presence in Jackson has been an important part of that. From the day we started operations in Jackson in 2016 to today, we’ve found the community deeply welcoming and the workforce outstanding. As our global business has grown and we were looking to expand, it was an easy decision to reinvest in our presence in the State of Tennessee and for Jackson to be an important part of that.”

Ingram will expand its presence in Jackson to include new print-on-demand operations alongside the existing distribution center located in Jackson. The facility, Lightning Source’s fifth location in the U.S., will increase its global print-on-demand production capacity. Lightning Source is one of the world’s leading print-on-demand providers. Headquartered in La Vergne, TN, it provides digital content to customers around the globe. The new Lightning Source print facility will work in partnership with the existing distribution center run by Ingram Publisher Services®, also a part of Ingram Content Group.

“Ingram Content Group, including Lightning Source, already has a deep presence in Tennessee, employing more than 2,000 residents across our state,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “This expansion in Jackson underscores the ripe environment for job creation and investment we’ve fostered here in Tennessee. I’d like to thank Lightning Source for its commitment to invest in Jackson and create valuable, family wage job opportunities for our residents.”

Since 2015, TNECD has supported 26 economic development projects in Madison County, resulting in nearly 1,600 job commitments and $567 million in capital investment.

“The strength of Tennessee’s economy is built on our existing businesses, and I’m pleased to see Lightning Source expand with this new operation in Jackson,” said Governor Bill Lee. “I look forward to the many ways Lightning Source’s new plant will spark economic growth in West Tennessee.”

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