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MTD to Expand in Martin

By news@wbbjtv.com

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with MTD Consumer Group Inc. officials announced today the company will expand operations at its Martin, Tenn. facility, adding 225 positions in Weakley County.

“I want to thank MTD Consumer Group for their investment in Tennessee and for the new jobs they are creating in Weakley County,” Haslam said. “Our Jobs4TN strategy includes a focus on existing businesses already operating in state, and today’s announcement from MTD is a step toward our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“MTD has been an important part of Weakley County’s business landscape for over 25 years, and a leader in the global market for 80 years,” Hagerty said. “The Martin expansion underscores the significant job creation incumbent industries bring to our state, and I appreciate MTD’s continued confidence in the area’s superior workforce.”

MTD is a global manufacturer of residential and commercial outdoor power equipment. The MTD Martin campus consists of a lean manufacturing facility with stamping, welding and assembly, along with logistics.

Weakley County Economic Development Board President & CEO Ronnie Price cited the impact of the expansion on the area workforce. “The Weakley County Economic Development Board is pleased that MTD is expanding its Martin operations and bringing much needed jobs to our area,” Price said. “MTD's commitment to this project shows their confidence in the local workforce and management team. MTD is an excellent corporate citizen and we are excited about the expansion.”

“The City of Martin appreciates MTD and the good relationship we have had over the years. We are elated with MTD's announcement of expansion and growth here in Martin,” Mayor Randy Brundige said. “MTD is a great community partner, and they are active and engaged in many events in Martin, especially our Tennessee Soybean Festival.”

Additionally, Mayor Brundige praised his staff. “I would be remiss to not mention the great people who have worked very hard on this project on behalf of the City of Martin: City Recorder Chris Mathis, Public Works Director Billy Wagster, Building Officer Billy Stout, Director of Community Development Brad Thompson, and the Martin Industrial Development Board. All have been instrumental in helping this project along to fruition. I am thankful to have such talented and exceptional people on my team.”

“TVA and Weakley County Municipal Electric System congratulate MTD on their expansion in Martin,” said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of economic development. “We are privileged to be partners with the state of Tennessee and community economic development partners to help existing companies grow and add quality jobs in this area.”

The MTD team would like to thank every individual and agency that has worked closely with them to make this project a reality.