Global manufacturer to invest $2 million and create 250 jobs in Rhea County

DAYTON, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that STULZ Air Technology Systems Inc. will establish manufacturing operations in Dayton.

STULZ, a leading manufacturer of precision HVAC equipment and solutions, will invest $2 million andcreate 250 jobs in Rhea County. STULZ will establish its operations in the former International Automotive Components building at 311 Greenway Blvd in Dayton.

“STULZ’s decision to create hundreds of jobs in Rhea County is tremendous news for Southeast Tennessee,” Lee said. “We’re committed to supporting job growth in rural Tennessee, and an investment like this from STULZ will spark terrific economic activity in Rhea County and the area.”

“Rhea County has a long, rich history as a leader in the HVAC industry, and I’d like to thank STULZ for its decision to establish operations in Dayton,” Rolfe said. “Tennessee’s Tier-4 communities like Rhea County have our utmost attention when it comes to attracting new jobs and industry. By creating 250 jobs in Dayton, STULZ promises to provide steady incomes for hundreds of families in Rhea County.”

With its global headquarters in Hamburg, Germany, STULZ operates ten other production facilities across the globe, employing more than 7,200 people. STULZ has more than 450 employees at its North American headquarters in Frederick, Md.

“STULZ chose to open a manufacturing facility in Dayton because of the outstanding and highly skilled workforce along with the great business-friendly climate of Dayton, Rhea County, and the state of Tennessee,” Andy Tuthill, STULZ’s vice president of manufacturing operations, said.

Elected officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority praised STULZ for its investment in Dayton.

“We are always excited to recruit new, high paying jobs to Rhea County,” Dayton Mayor Gary Louallen said. “Our skilled workforce combined with our business-friendly environment helped to make this opportunity a reality.  We’re thrilled to have this significant investment from STULZ here in Dayton.”

“We are very proud to have STULZ choose Rhea County and the City of Dayton for its next manufacturing operation,” Rhea County Executive George Thacker said. “Our community is experiencing unprecedented growth and we’re proud that STULZ will be a huge part of that continued momentum.”  

“TVA and City of Dayton Electric congratulate STULZ on its decision to locate and create new job opportunities in Rhea County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Helping to foster new job opportunities is fundamental to TVA’s core mission of service and we are proud to partner with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and Rhea County Economic and Tourism Council to help further that mission.”

“These 250 jobs will be a tremendous boost to our local economy,” State Sen. Ken Yager (R – Kingston) said. “Our people have an incredible work ethic and our state is committed to developing the best trained workforce in the nation. I could not be more pleased with this investment and look forward to seeing how these new jobs will provide many citizens of Rhea and neighboring counties with new and better opportunities for the future.”

“I am grateful to Gov. Lee, TNECD, and STULZ for investing in our community,” State Rep. Ron Travis (R – Dayton) said. “Today’s announcement will have a tremendous economic impact on District 31 and our region, and I am proud to partner with our local leaders to fulfill the employment desires of our citizens.”  

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development 

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook:

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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