JDS Technologies will invest $2.2 million to establish a new manufacturing facility in Winfield, TN and create approximately 110 new jobs during the next five years. The new operation in Winfield will be the rubber and plastics manufacturer’s second manufacturing facility in Scott County.
“After searching for a place to expand our operations, we eventually determined this new location in Scott County would best meet the needs of our company’s growth,” said JDS Technologies owners Jerry Slaven and Diane Slaven. “This is an important step for JDS Technologies and we’re proud to show our commitment to Scott County and its residents by expanding with this new facility in Winfield.”
Based in Oneida, TN, JDS Technologies designs and manufactures a comprehensive range of custom rubber and plastic-molded products, including metal stampings. JDS Technologies supplies companies in the appliance, automotive, gas and oil, aerospace and medical device industries. The company currently operates a 105,000-square-foot facility in Oneida.
JDS Technologies’ new operation in Winfield will accommodate additional business activity and new product lines. The manufacturer plans to acquire and fully refurbish the 54,000-square-foot former American Bag Company building in Winfield, which has been vacant for more than a decade.
“I’d like to thank JDS Technologies for its commitment to create more than 100 jobs in Scott County,” said Gov. Bill Haslam. “It’s encouraging to see a local employer like JDS Technologies creating jobs that will have a profound impact on Scott County and its residents. JDS Technologies’ expansion in Winfield strengthens Scott County’s economy and brings us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“One of TNECD’s priorities is to elevate the 19 Tennessee counties currently designated as distressed to sustainable levels of economic growth,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe. “JDS Technologies’ plan to create more than 100 jobs in Winfield is a critical step to achieving this goal in Scott County, a Tier-4 county. These new jobs will boost household incomes and have a long term benefit for the people of Scott County.”
“While JDS Technologies could have chosen to expand anywhere in the U.S. or abroad, we’re humbled by its decision to expand in our small community,” said Winfield Mayor V. David Cecil. “Jerry and Diane Slaven are true community partners. They have not only invested millions of dollars into brick and mortar and equipment, but have also injected hundreds of thousands of dollars in wages and private donations into our rural area.”
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