Construction to begin on new Rhea County manufacturing plant

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – Governor Bill Haslam joined other state and local officials this afternoon for a formal groundbreaking ceremony in Rhea County.

His office announced last summer that a 360 million dollar manufacturing plant will be built in Dayton.

Construction on the Nokian Tyre plant is now underway. It will create 400 jobs to begin with—-and eventually end up with some 1500 within 7 years.

The plant will open in 2018.

(R) Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said, “While unemployment is at a record low, we’re at the lowest unemployment in the history of the state right now. 3.3 percent, but one of our higher counties has been Rhea County. And so, what we’ve tried to do is to focus on rural areas like Rhea County to bring jobs in. So, again, 400 jobs in Rhea County is a really big deal. So we’re excited about that. And these are going to be high quality jobs from a great company that’s been, uh, in business for a long time”.

The Nokian company was founded in Finland.

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