Koide Tennessee, Inc., Expands Operations in Blount County
Steel and aluminum tube fitting company to bring 32 jobs and $10.1 million in capital investment
August 1, 2014
The Blount Partnership along with officials from Koide Tennessee, Inc., announced the company is expanding its operations in the Stock Creek Development Technology Park in Rockford, Tennessee, with the construction of a 76,000 square-foot manufacturing facility. The announcement represents an investment of $10,106,000 and the creation of 32 new positions in Blount County.
Koide (Coy-day) is a worldwide corporation that specializes in precision cut-to-length steel and aluminum tubing used to manufacture anti-vibration devices for the automotive industry. This expansion allows Koide to expand its customer base while increasing productivity for its current clients.
“This expansion is a big step for our company that allows us to further develop our operations. We have been in Blount County for 15 years and this area is centrally located for easy access to our customers,” said Takeshi Yoshida, Koide president. “Within the automotive industry, Koide Tennessee is well-known by our customers and suppliers. Our company would like to continue to build its relationship with the community by increasing opportunities and prosperity.”
With a roster of 67 employees, Koide runs three shifts in its current facility where it operates a high speed cutting and chamfering machine to meet the demands of mass production. The new hires include 27 machine operators and five additional office staff.
“I want to thank Koide for its investment in Blount County that will benefit our citizens and economy,” said Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership president/chief executive officer. “This is another sign of positive economic growth in the area that leverages our unique assets which has in turn brought about more than $431 million of capital investment and 2200 jobs over the past four years.”
Daniels also noted that this is the 45th announcement regarding industrial development or expansion in Blount County since 2000, matching the total for the previous 30 years.
“I congratulate Koide on its decision to stay in Blount County and expand its facility,” said Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell. “This expansion shows the strength of our workforce. Additionally, I’d like to thank the Blount Partnership for its continued work to keep our manufacturers here. An investment like this from Koide speaks volumes to the commitment both the county and city governments have to keep our economy growing.”
Shortly after opening its Blount County operations in 1998, Koide expanded and increased its production capacity in 2001. It has been certified twice by Smithers Quality Assessments in December 2002 and November 2008 for its quality management systems related to design, development and production.
“Tennessee Valley Authority and Maryville Electric Department congratulate Koide Tennessee on its announced facility expansion in Rockford,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “We are excited to be partners with the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development, Blount Partnership and local community officials to help companies like Koide Tennessee to expand and add jobs.”
The cooperative effort among the county commissioners, city councils, local leaders and the Blount Partnership has the community poised for continued growth. As a regional destination for business, Blount County’s unemployment rate of 4.9 percent in April remains well below the state rate of 6.3 percent.
“This expansion by Koide Tennessee shows that it is poised for continued success,” said Blount County Commissioner Chairman Jerome Moon. “In the words of engineer, author and management consultant W. Edwards Deming, ‘The result of long-term relationships is better and better quality, and lower and lower costs.’”
Koide Kokan Co., Ltd., was founded in 1974 in Takamatsu, Kagawa in Japan, and has expanded it operations 10 times. It has offices in Italy, China, Poland, Thailand and Mexico.
On the Web:
Koide Tennessee, Inc. – http://www.koidekokan.co.jp/en/global/tennessee.html