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Impact Plastics in Erwin announced the company is expanding and creating jobs.

Erwin plant adding 83 new jobs over next three years

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made a stop in the Tri-Cities region today for a bit of good economic news.

Impact Plastics President Jerry O'Connor announced that his business is making a $1.3 Million dollar investment, which will bring 83 new jobs to the Erwin plant over the next three years.

O'Connor told Haslam the expansion is due in large part to new contracts with automotive companies.

In recent years, Tennessee has opened a Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, and a Nissan plant in Smyrna.

"Automotive, when you add jobs there," says Haslam, "all of the supplier parts tend to come and gather around them, so automotive is one of the reasons Tennessee led the Southeast last year in new manufacturing jobs created."

Impact Plastics currently has 37 full-time employees, meaning this expansion will more than triple their workforce.


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The Unicoi Economic Development Board exists to support existing businesses, develop new business and economic opportunities for Unicoi County and its communities and provide information and incentives to site seekers and businesses of all types. Unicoi County is a gateway to the strategic corridor of Interstate 26 and CRX Rail serving a days access of logistic commerce transport to over 75 percent of the population of North America.

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In the ancient cradle of the Unaka mountains lies a heritage of community, spirit and adventure. Surrounded by the Cherokee National Forest, Unicoi, (a native american word for smoky or foggy) is a pure example of what the true Smoky Mountains were to our nations first frontiersmen.buck



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