ABB Adds 70 Jobs In TN Expansion

An East Tennessee manufacturing plant — with a tie to Memphis — is expanding.

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced that ABB is expanding its Athens, Tennessee, manufacturing facility by 60,000 square feet.

The expansion of the facility will add about 70 jobs in McMinn County, with an expected completion date by the end of 2019.

“ABB is providing competitive wages that empower families and stimulate growth in the local economy,” McMinn County Mayor John Gentry said in an Aug. 6 release. “This expansion is the just the latest example of ABB’s commitment to our region as it continues to be a premier corporate citizen.”

ABB acquired Memphis-based Thomas & Betts in 2012 for $3.9 billion. The Athens plant was a part of that acquisition. Thomas & Betts opened that facility in 1965.

ABB’s Electrification Products division — made up primarily of the former Thomas & Betts — is still headquartered in Memphis.

In Byhalia, Mississippi, ABB operates a 1 million-square-foot distribution center employing about 500 of ABB’s 1,100 Memphis-area workers. ABB opened its Senatobia plant in 2016, joining the Memphis headquarters, the Byhalia plant and a Southaven facility in the metro area.

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