Rubber molding equipment producer REP Corp. introduced Wednesday it’s shifting its company headquarters from Bartlett to Tennessee.
The corporate stated it’s constructing a brand new headquarters in Kodak, Tennessee, about 20 miles east of Knoxville. Firm President Tim Graham stated the brand new facility may even conduct gross sales, service, engineering and machine demonstrations, as nicely be a elements warehouse for REP’s North America prospects. Plans additionally embrace using 20 folks for administration, engineering, gross sales and subject service.
Graham stated the brand new facility will likely be open in early 2019. The Bartlett facility at 8N470 Tameling Court docket will stay part of the corporate as a gross sales and repair workplace, he added.
Firm officers stated in a launch that REP had been on the lookout for a location that was extra centered on the migration of the rubber trade to the Southern U.S. area. Aftersales Director Jim Wirtz stated the efforts of Sevier County, Tennessee, officers and the native financial growth council performed a task within the relocation to Kodiak.
“This transfer represents a possibility to assist our transplanted present prospects who’ve adopted the auto trade to the South, plus the newly rising markets right here,” stated Nationwide Gross sales Director Derek Williams,
REP Technical Director Josh Beachum stated the area’s expertise pool additionally performed a task within the transfer.
“One of many robust elements in our choice was the expertise pool of younger engineers on this space, mixed with the technical coaching choices accessible to us,” Beachum stated. “The rubber molding enterprise has a novel set of chemistries and manufacturing applied sciences that require ongoing coaching and mastery.”
“We have acquired a really enthusiastic welcome from the native enterprise neighborhood right here, making this choice to relocate from our longtime Chicago headquarters a neater transfer,” Graham stated.
REP joins a rising record of suburban-based corporations which have moved operations up to now a number of years, both to the town of Chicago in hopes of drawing younger city expertise, or out of state searching for a extra business-friendly atmosphere. Among the many corporations which have moved out-of-state are lighting gear maker Kenall Manufacturing, which left Gurnee for Kenosha, Wisconsin; packing supplies firm Uline Corp. which left Waukegan for Nice Prairie, Wisconsin; and Hoist Liftruck, which moved from Bedford Park to East Chicago, Indiana.