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S3 Recycling Announces Expansion into Springfield TN

S3 Recycling Solutions, an electronics recycler, will be adding a facility in the Bransford Heights Business Center in Springfield, the Robertson County Economic Development Board announced.

The location of the facility will be 901 Central Avenue, which was part of the Conwood Tobacco processing facility. The electronics recycler plans to bring 25 new jobs and invest $2.1 million in Robertson County over the next five years.

S3, which has its headquarters in Nashville, helps customers reduce the cost of ownership of electronic technology assets while maintaining data security the highest industry standards.

“I want to thank S3 Recycling for choosing to move and expand their operations in Robertson County and for their investment in Springfield,” said Roger Blackwood, chairman of the RCEDB. “They are exactly the type of business we envisioned when we received the donation of the old Conwood facility and began the task of making it suitable for new business and industry.”

S3 has acquired a 70,000-square foot warehouse, part of a facility that was gifted to Robertson County in 2015 by Conwood’s successor company, American Snuff. The RCEDB has invested in rehabilitating that building as well as a neighboring building at 921 Central to attract new business and industry to an economically disadvantaged area of Springfield.

“We are excited to join the Springfield business community,” S3 CEO Rod McDaniel said. “We look forward to contributing to the success of the local economic environment and becoming an overall positive community partner.”

“I am excited that new jobs are coming to Springfield and Robertson County. S3 Recycling’s investment of $1.2 million in the building and equipment on Central Avenue is helping to make this possible. I congratulate S3 Recycling and all who were involved in bringing these jobs to our area. We are especially grateful for the investment of time and resources by the county and the Economic Development Board in saving this site and creating the Bransford Heights Business Center,” said Springfield Mayor Ann Schneider.

“I would like to thank S3 Recycling for choosing to locate in Robertson County. Special thanks from the people I represent in Springfield for this growth and employment opportunity,” stated Alderman Bobby Trotter, representing Ward 2 in Springfield where the Bransford Heights Business Center is located.

Airtech International to Begin Manufacturing Operations in Springfield TN Bringing 100 New Jobs

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Airtech announcmentHagerty along with Airtech International officials today announced the aerospace manufacturer will begin new manufacturing operations in Springfield, Tennessee. Airtech International plans to invest $10.1 million and create 100 new jobs in Robertson County over the next three years.

“We are grateful to Airtech International for this investment in Middle Tennessee that is resulting in new, high-quality jobs,” Haslam said. “We want companies to succeed here, and we know to make that happen it is important to offer a business-friendly environment that encourages them to grow and expand in Tennessee.”

“The aerospace industry in Tennessee continues to expand, anchored by the U.S. Air Force Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) and dozens of other major employers, like Bell Helicopter, Triumph Aerostructures and Kilgore Flares Company. I am pleased to welcome Airtech International to this roster, as they make Tennessee their home, and further enhance our reputation as a state that promotes and supports the importance of research and development,” Hagerty said. “I appreciate Airtech International’s investment in Tennessee and the high quality jobs they are creating in our state. I look forward to their growth and success in Tennessee.”

“We have found a home in Tennessee for the expansion of our growing business,” Airtech International President and CEO Jeff Dahlgren said. “Being family-owned and operated, we instantly felt at home with the government and business environment Tennessee has to offer. We look forward to many productive years and becoming a vibrant part of the community.”

Airtech International will invest in all new state-of-the-art equipment at its Springfield facility, where it will manufacture process materials used in the manufacturing of composite/carbon fiber parts. Production is anticipated to begin in 2015.

“We welcome Airtech to our manufacturing community and we are particularly happy for the diversity that they will add to the mix of products manufactured in Springfield,” Springfield Mayor Billy Paul Carneal said. “Springfield has a long history of encouraging the location of manufacturers in our community, and we look forward to the opportunity for new jobs for our residents.”

“TVA and Springfield Electric Department congratulate and welcome Airtech International to Springfield, Tennessee,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “We are excited to partner with the state of Tennessee, Robertson County Chamber of Commerce, Springfield and Robertson County community officials to foster Airtech’s success at its new manufacturing and distribution operations location.”

The company plans to begin hiring immediately. Those interested in applying for these new positions can email a resume to

Airtech International currently operates manufacturing facilities in Huntingdon Beach, California; Differdange, Luxembourg; and Tianjin, China with converting and distribution in Chadderton, England.

Airtech Advanced Materials Group, a family-owned and operated company since 1973, is the world’s largest manufacturer and supplier of vacuum bagging and composite tooling materials. Airtech develops, produces and sells material and supplies necessary for the production of items made of composite materials, such as fiberglass and carbon fiber. Its products are used in the aeronautical, space, marine, automobile and windmill industries, as well as in the composites industry in general.


NorthCrest Medical Center Delivers Regional Medical Presence

Among the many factors that make a community attractive to expanding industries and NorthCrest Medical Centerbusinesses, the quality and availability of health care ranks high. Access to excellent healthcare facilities, services and physicians for their employees is critically important to decision makers for these businesses. Fortunately for Robertson County, NorthCrest Medical Center allows us to have all the right answers to inquiries about the status of healthcare in our community.

For over five decades, the citizens of Robertson County have depended on NorthCrest Medical Center, and its predecessor, Jesse Holman Jones Hospital, to provide primary care, hospital and emergency services in close proximity to their homes. Today, NorthCrest offers a full-range of healthcare services from cardiac care and rehabilitation, obstetrics and women’s services, sleep disorder care, pulmonary rehabilitation, to surgery and 24-hour emergency services for a regional market in northern middle Tennessee and southern Kentucky.

In September, NorthCrest Medical Center was named one of the nation’s “Top Performers on Key Quality Measures” by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. One of only 620 hospitals in the U.S., NorthCrest was recognized for its achievement in the care of heart attacks, heart failure, pneumonia, and surgical care. This is the second year in a row that NorthCrest was recognized as a top performing hospital, one of only 244 hospitals that achieved the distinction two years in a row.

This week, NorthCrest Medical Center marks another step in its mission to deliver world-class care to the Robertson County community as it cuts the ribbon on its newest facility at 500 NorthCrest Drive. In addition to expanded office space for NorthCrest-affiliated physicians and the NorthCrest Care Center, the 500 Building will be home to several new clinics which are a result of partnership with Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt Spine Center and Vanderbilt Women’s Health are the first extensions of Vanderbilt’s outpatient specialty services that will be offered in Springfield on the NorthCrest campus.

In addition to the obvious benefits of having excellent healthcare available to our citizens, NorthCrest contributes directly to the economic vitality of our community by virtue of being one of the largest private employers in the county. With over 600 direct employees and hundreds more jobs created by the hospital’s affiliated physicians and other medical services, the economic impact of healthcare related business is enormous.

NorthCrest contributes further to the quality of life in Robertson County as it steps beyond its walls to donate thousands of hours and dollars toward community service. From school sponsorship to community health screenings, NorthCrest Medical Center and the NorthCrest Foundation are highly visible supporters of important initiatives and causes that affect nearly every citizen.

The Robertson County Chamber of Commerce congratulates the administration, staff, and physicians of NorthCrest Medical Center on their success in growing a quality healthcare presence in Robertson County which benefits both our current citizens and the future growth of our community.

Margot Fosnes serves as president and chief economic development officer of the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce