Haslam in Johnson County for expansion of Parkdale plant

PHOTO: Samantha Zarek

JOHNSON COUNTY, Tenn. - Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam made a stop in our region. He celebrated the expansion of the Parkdale cotton spin plant in Johnson County. This saves more than 300 jobs at the plant which now employs nearly 440 people. Parkdale considered moving back in 2015, instead they decided to invest 150 million-dollars in capital expenditure to stay and expand their Mountain City location.

"This is huge for Johnson County, I mean for the jobs that we have and then an additional 80 jobs, the annual payroll it produces," says Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter.

"This is a big deal obviously here, as Mayor Potter will tell you, Johnson County, but it's a big deal for the state because we want to be known as a state that makes stuff," says Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

The plant doubled in size to 400-thousand square feet.

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