Hicks Plastics to Open New Facility in Innovation Valley

Advanced Plastics Manufacturer to Invest $10.4 Million, Create Over 200 New Jobs

March 31, 2015

Innovation Valley is excited to welcome Hicks Plastics to the region. The Michigan-based company will open a new manufacturing facility in Knoxville in order to increase supplier efficiency. Hicks Plastics plans to invest $10.4 million to begin operations in an existing building located at 1821 Mid Park Drive, creating 202 new jobs in Knox County.

Hicks Plastics produces automotive lighting components, specializing in molded and vacuum metalized lighting components. Advanced technology and manufacturing with a concentration in automotive components is a target recruitment cluster of Innovation Valley.

“We are so please to welcome Hicks Plastic to Innovation Valley,” Rhonda Rice, Innovation Valley’s executive administrator. “We continue to see this target recruitment sector thrive on the technology resources and top-notch workforce our region has to offer.”

The company is expanding its manufacturing operations from Michigan to Knoxville in order to be closer to SL Tennessee, which manufacturers and produces head lamps and tail lamps for the automotive market. At the Knoxville location, Hicks Plastics will produce lighting components for various GM vehicles, including the Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Malibu.

“SL Tennessee was in search of a supplier with metalizing capabilities to take on a significant volume of work in the Clinton area and after several months of careful review, we found Knoxville to be the ideal location with a knowledgeable labor force and a variety of skilled trades and contractors,” said Tim Hicks, vice president of Hicks Plastics. “With the help of these local contractors, Knoxville city officials, and SL Tennessee’s business development manager Scott Laska, Hicks Plastics is on track for summer 2015 production. We are looking forward to a successful partnership with SL Tennessee, the state of Tennessee, and the greater Knoxville area.” 

The company plans to begin producing in Knoxville in July 2015, becoming fully operational by December 2015. SL Tennessee will be Hicks Plastics’ first customer in Tennessee.

“We are proud to be a part of what we hope will be the first of many similar expansions in the Knoxville area,” said Scott Laska, SL Tennessee’s business development manager. “We have received excellent support from the city as we worked together from the early stages of this project. We look forward to continuing that relationship in order to expand the scope of our local supply base in the coming months and years." 

“It’s always great to welcome new jobs to East Tennessee, and I am very happy that Hicks Plastics has chosen to locate its new manufacturing operation in Knox County,” Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett said. “This is a business-friendly community with a long history of supporting automotive component manufacturing, and I look forward to seeing Hicks Plastics grow and succeed in this area.” 

“I am very happy to welcome Hicks Plastics to Knoxville,” Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero said. “In recent years, we have seen a rebound in our local manufacturing sector, and this exciting announcement confirms that manufacturing is alive and well in Knoxville. Thanks to City Council for their support in helping us bring this investment and these jobs to our city.”

The company will begin hiring for these new positions starting on July 1, 2015, taking applications in person at the facility, located at 1821 Mid Park Drive in Knoxville. Hicks Plastics encourages those interested in working at their facility to check http://www.hicksplastics.com/ for updates on employment