PIKEVILLE, Tenn.—Textile Corporation of America, a manufacturer of linens and apparel, moves into an 186,000 square-foot, 16-acre facility in Pikeville, Tennessee. Local outlet the Times Free Press reports that the move stands to add 1,000 jobs to the city, which is the county seat of Bledsoe County. The company plans to begin apparel production this fall at the plant, which previously housed a now-defunct automotive company.
Regional news channel ABC 9 points out that the move to the region is significant because Bledsoe is a Tier 4 economically distressed county. The area has seen as much as 14 percent unemployment rates since the early 2000s.
"By choosing Pikeville, Textile Corporation of America is helping us get one step closer to our goal of making Tennessee the [number one] location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs,” Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam tells the news channel.
The Times Free Press estimates that the plant will inject roughly $35 million per year into the local economy.
The news of textile and apparel manufacturing returning to American shores comes as a series of industrial firms continue to set up new operations in the Southeast. In December of 2016, Everest, a Taiwanese garment textile producer, announced plans to set up a production facility just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina. More recently, Shandong Ruyi Technology Group (Ruyi), a Chinese textile and garment manufacturer shared its plans to open up shop in Arkansas.