published Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Chattanooga to lead in creating new state manufacturers group

Chattanooga area manufacturers, citing a need for more focus on issues vital to them such as education and workforce development, said today they plan to set up a statewide association.

The Tennessee Association of Manufacturers is expected to be running by mid-summer, said Tim Spires, the Chattanooga Regional Manufacturers Association president.

“It will represent manufacturers across the state,” said Spires to a group of about 200 people at the CRMA’s excellence awards meeting.

The dues-paying association will operate out of Chattanooga for the foreseeable future, said Spires, who will also initially oversee it.

“Surrounding states have this,” he said.

Spires said there are over 300,000 manufacturing jobs in Tennessee.

“We want to see that maintained and to grow,” he said.

See the full story in Friday's Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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