TN grants to help Amazon build in 2 counties, GM train in Spring Hill

TN grants to help Amazon build in 2 counties, GM train in Spring Hill
7 companies in TN to receive $20 million
2:54 AM, Dec. 15, 2011  |  

Written by
Chas Sisk | The Tennessean

The State Funding Board approved $20 million in economic development funding for seven companies, including grants for projects in Murfreesboro, Lebanon, Spring Hill and Nashville.
The board, made up of Tennessee’s top financial officers, agreed Wednesday to a pair of $3.5 million FastTrack infrastructure grants for Amazon’s new distribution facilities in Rutherford and Wilson counties. The money will be used to build water, sewage and drainage improvements at the two sites.
Amazon says it will spend a total of $145 million on construction of the two facilities, which will employ more than 1,400 people.
The board also signed off on a $1.8 million FastTrack job training grant for Carlex Glass America’s $96.5 million expansion of its Nashville plant, which the company says will allow it to create 45 new jobs and retain 400 current jobs, and a $1.56 million FastTrack job training grant for General Motors’ $450 million expansion of powertrain production line in Spring Hill, which GM says will add 390 jobs.
Grants for Thomas & Betts’ facilities in Portland and Athens, Sprint’s new call center in Bristol and Kruger’s expansion in Memphis were also approved.

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