Tumlin and Gov. Bill Lee announce 250 jobs for Rhea County

Global manufacturer to invest $2 million and create 250 jobs in Rhea County

L-R, RECD Director Dennis Tumlin, Governor Bill Lee, and STULTZ-USA's Andy Tuthill (ElmerHarris/RheaReview)

DAYTON, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that STULZ Air Technology Systems Inc. will establish manufacturing operations in Dayton.

STULZ, a leading manufacturer of precision HVAC equipment and solutions, will invest $2 million and create 250 jobs in Rhea County.

“STULZ’s decision to create hundreds of jobs in Rhea County is tremendous news for Southeast Tennessee,” Lee said. “We’re committed to supporting job growth in rural Tennessee, and an investment like this from STULZ will spark terrific economic activity in Rhea County and the area.”

Rhea County’s Economic Development rockstar, Dennis Tumlin, nurtured the project from inception like a hen on an egg.

“In Economic Development and in business, a referral by another company is the greatest compliment that we can receive,” Tumlin insists.

“That’s exactly what happened for us with this project.  In November, 2018, I got a call from Paul Guariglia, CEO of Coil Design Corporation.  He said ‘I have a large international corporation that I’ve done business with for 19 years looking for a new location, can you help them?'”

Happy to oblige, Tumlin invited STULTZ-USA’s VP of Manufacturing Operations, Andy Tuthill, and company CFO Timothy Pierce for a tour of the facility in December.  The group also met with Chattanooga State, a key workforce development partner.

“We toured several existing buildings before we found out that an existing industrial building owned by the City of Dayton Industrial Development Board had just came on the market.  We toured the facility in January and begin to negotiate the lease terms with the IDB.”

“Those terms were accepted by the IDB in late January and an agreement with STULZ-USA was signed on March 1st, 2019.  Today is an exciting day for us as we get to announce 250 new skilled jobs going into that vacant building, all because of a referral from Paul with Coil Design Corporation.  Relationships truly matter,” added Tumlin.

With its global headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, STULZ operates ten other production facilities across the globe, employing more than 7,200 people. STULZ has more than 450 employees at its North American headquarters in Frederick, Md.

“STULZ chose to open a manufacturing facility in Dayton because of the outstanding and highly skilled workforce along with the great business-friendly climate of Dayton, Rhea County, and the state of Tennessee,” Andy Tuthill, STULZ’s vice president of manufacturing operations, said.

Elected officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority praised STULZ for its investment in Dayton.

“Rhea County has a long, rich history as a leader in the HVAC industry, and I’d like to thank STULZ for its decision to establish operations in Dayton,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee’s Tier-4 communities like Rhea County have our utmost attention when it comes to attracting new jobs and industry. By creating 250 jobs in Dayton, STULZ promises to provide steady incomes for hundreds of families in Rhea County.”

“We are always excited to recruit new, high paying jobs to Rhea County,” Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen said.

“Our skilled workforce combined with our business-friendly environment helped to make this opportunity a reality.  We’re thrilled to have this significant investment from STULZ here in Dayton.”

“We are very proud to have STULZ choose Rhea County and the City of Dayton for its next manufacturing operation,” Rhea County Executive George Thacker said. “Our community is experiencing unprecedented growth and we’re proud that STULZ will be a huge part of that continued momentum.”

“TVA and City of Dayton Electric congratulate STULZ on its decision to locate and create new job opportunities in Rhea County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Helping to foster new job opportunities is fundamental to TVA’s core mission of service and we are proud to partner with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Rhea County Economic and Tourism Council to help further that mission.”

“These 250 jobs will be a tremendous boost to our local economy,” State Sen. Ken Yager (R – Kingston) said. “Our people have an incredible work ethic and our state is committed to developing the best trained workforce in the nation. I could not be more pleased with this investment and look forward to seeing how these new jobs will provide many citizens of Rhea and neighboring counties with new and better opportunities for the future.”

“I am grateful to Gov. Lee, TNECD, and STULZ for investing in our community,” State Rep. Ron Travis (R – Dayton) said. “Today’s announcement will have a tremendous economic impact on District 31 and our region, and I am proud to partner with our local leaders to fulfill the employment desires of our citizens.”

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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