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Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce TTI Floor Care North America’s Expansion of Cookeville Operations

Wednesday, June 24, 2020 | 10:20am
  • TTI Floor Care will invest $20 million and create 500 jobs over a five-year period
  • Expansion will add multiple production lines and products in Cookeville 

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that TTI Floor Care North America will invest $20 million to increase manufacturing at its facility in Cookeville.

As part of this project, TTI Floor Care will create 500 jobs over a five-year period in Putnam County.

TTI Floor Care’s Cookeville investment will allow the company to diversify its manufacturing footprint and enhance its product portfolio. TTI Floor Care will add several new production lines, products and shifts at the facility. The company’s capital investment will go toward building improvements, upgrades and the installation of new equipment.

TTI Floor Care owns three of the biggest names in the floor care industry: Hoover, Dirt Devil and Oreck. Its parent company, Techtronic Industries Co. Ltd., is a fast-growing world leader in power tools, accessories, hand tools, outdoor equipment and floor care appliances. The TTI brands also include MILWAUKEE and Ryobi.

Since 2015, TNECD has supported 11 economic development projects in Putnam County, totaling nearly 2,000 job commitments and $258 million in private capital investment.

QUOTES

“I’d like to thank TTI Floor Care for its commitment to Putnam County and the confidence it has in the workforce of Tennessee. Now more than ever, we know Tennesseans need access to job opportunities. As we work to restart our economy, major investments like this from TTI Floor Care will help our economic rebound considerably.” – Gov. Bill Lee

“TTI Floor Care’s investment is tremendous news for Cookeville and Putnam County, and we welcome the creation of hundreds of valuable jobs in the Upper Cumberland. Bringing Tennessee’s economy back will require strong partnerships between businesses and local communities, and TNECD is committed to supporting them every step of the way.” – TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe

“We want to thank the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority, Putnam County, and the Cookeville community for their tremendous partnership and support. Our commitment and investment in Cookeville demonstrate the high degree of confidence we have in our exceptional employees and partners throughout the state. We are excited about significantly expanding our capabilities and workforce to manufacture world-class products in Cookeville for years to come.” – Jessica Rapp, VP and General Manager, TTI Floor Care North America

“An investment in Cookeville is an investment in your businesses’ successful future. We are excited about TTI Floor Care’s commitment to our community as access to jobs for our citizens is incredibly important, now more than ever.” – Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton

“The expansion of an existing industry like TTI Floor Care is a sign that businesses continue to see growth potential in Putnam County. We welcome the opportunity to have this great company expand in our community and continue our partnership for many years to come.” – Putnam County Mayor Randy Porter

“TVA and City of Cookeville Electric Department congratulate TTI Floor Care on its announcement to add hundreds of new job opportunities and investment in Cookeville. We are proud to partner with the City of Cookeville, Highlands Economic Partnership and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to support existing business and industry growth in the Valley.” – John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development 

“This expansion is wonderful news for our community that comes at a time when we are still recovering from economic disruption caused by the March 3 tornadoes and the COVID-19 pandemic.  With our skilled and capable workforce, I am confident TTI Floor Care will continue to thrive in Putnam County for many years to come. I appreciate the efforts of local officials and economic development leaders who work to promote and advance our existing industries.” – Rep. Ryan Williams (R – Cookeville)

“These 500 new jobs will be a tremendous boost to our local economy as we recover.  The significant investment by TTI Floor Care not only shows Putnam County is a great place to expand operations, it is a testament to the extraordinary people who make up our workforce.  I congratulate our local officials and economic development leaders, Governor Lee and our Department of Economic and Community Development for their role in bringing these jobs to Putnam County.  I am very honored to partner with them as we seek greater opportunities for our citizens.” – Sen. Paul Bailey (R – Sparta)

TNECD Media Contact
Scott Harrison, Public Information Officer
(615) 417-2076
Scott.Harrison@tn.gov

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

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