Lifetime Products Breaks Ground in Knox County
U.S.-Based Manufacturer to Begin Construction on New Facility at Eastbridge Business Park
May 25, 2016
Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett along with company officials from Lifetime Products, Inc., gathered on May 25, 2016 to break ground on the company’s new manufacturing and distribution facility in Knox County. The new 720,000 square foot facility represents an investment of $115 million and 500 jobs for Innovation Valley. Lifetime Products is the leading manufacturer of blow-molded plastics products. Its products range from plastic folding tables and chairs, basketball hoops and outdoor sheds to kayaks and paddleboards.
“We spent over a year researching different locations on the east coast,” says Lifetime’s President & CEO Richard Hendrickson. “Tennessee was obviously the best option. Not only will Lifetime be able to meet shipping demand for customers on the east coast, but we are thrilled to be facilitating the creation of hundreds of jobs for the people of Knoxville and the state of Tennessee. Launching the production of this new operation is something we’ve been looking forward to for some time, and we’re excited to finally break ground, begin operations, start producing, and initiate shipping from this Tennessee facility.”
This new facility from Lifetime Products will produce the company’s line of water sport products including kayaks and paddleboards, as well as their outdoor Play System line of products. With this new location for manufacturing and distribution, Lifetime will be able to meet its customers’ increasing demand for products with faster shipping times.
“We are excited to officially welcome Lifetime Products to Knox County at its groundbreaking ceremony today, and I want to thank them for investing in Innovation Valley,” said Rhonda Rice, executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber. “Our region is known for a high quality of life with an emphasis on outdoors and recreation, and I know the Lifetime Products brand will fit right in with the Knoxville Community.”
Lifetime Products joins many other successful manufacturing companies in Innovation Valley like Keurig Green Mountain, Bush Brothers and Co., and Radio Systems Corporation. Manufacturing and distribution is one of Innovation Valley’s target recruitment clusters because of its strong pipeline of workforce and the areas proximity to more than 60 percent of the United States population within one day’s drive.
Speakers for the groundbreaking ceremony included Vince Rhoton, EVP Lifetime Products, Inc.; Chris Umberger, Senior Project Manager at Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon, Inc.; Tim Burchett, Mayor of Knox County; Scott Dixon, President and CEO of Stacey Enterprises, Inc.; and Richard Hendrickson, President and CEO Lifetime Products, Inc.
Individuals interested in applying for a position with Lifetime Products can visit jobs.lifetime.com.
About Innovation Valley
Innovation Valley is east Tennessee’s regional economic development initiative that is managed by the Knoxville Chamber and includes eight partner agencies. With its heritage of innovative science and technology breakthroughs and solid, business-friendly values, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley region is a prime business location in the United States. For more information on Innovation Valley, visit www.knoxvilleoakridge.com.
About Lifetime Products
Established in 1986, Lifetime Products, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Starting in the owner’s garage, Lifetime Products began by building a better basketball system. Today, Lifetime is the world’s leading manufacturer of polyethylene folding tables, chairs, and residential basketball hoops. With other offerings from outdoor sheds and composters to playsets and kayaks, Lifetime continues to develop innovative products sold in more than 100 countries around the globe. For more information about Lifetime Products, visit www.lifetime.com.