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190 jobs coming to Madison County, Governor Haslam announces

By Dan Lampariello
By dlampariello@wbbjtv.com

MADISON COUNTY, Tenn.- Nearly 200 new jobs are headed to Madison County.

Local and state leaders announced a plan for a new auto parts plant, Wednesday at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce.

Pacific Industries, a Japanese auto parts company, plans to build a manufacturing plant on 60 acres of open land near the McKellar-Sipes Regional Airport.

City leaders said they are excited for what this will bring to West Tennessee.

"This is a great day for Jackson-Madison County," said Roy Heatherly with the Jackson Chamber. "We needed a big win and we got it today."

The new Pacific Industries plant means 190 new construction and manufacturing jobs for Madison County over the next five years.

Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist saID this will benefit all of West Tennessee.

"Really it goes beyond Madison County," said Mayor Gist. "Much of our work force in our manufacturing industries come from outside Madison County".

Jackson chamber member Roy Heatherly said Pacific chose Jackson because of the people who live here.

"When they saw our workforce, they saw that we were going to be able to train 190 new workers," said Heatherly. "They said, 'man this is great.' Plus, they just liked being here".

Pacific plans to break ground on the new plant this summer and they expect to be fully operation by this time next year.

As a part of negotiations to get the company to Madison County, last month county commissioners approved a donation of 60 acres of land to the company.

Commissioners also approved an offer that would give the company a tax break for the next 15 years.
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