published Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Mahindra opening new Chattanooga facility, adds 55 jobs

Nathan Renner unloads crated tractors at the Mahindra center located at 2034 Polymer Dr. in Chattanooga in this 2010 file photo.
Nathan Renner unloads crated tractors at the Mahindra center located at 2034 Polymer Dr. in Chattanooga in this 2010 file photo.
Photo by Dan Henry /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

Southeast Mahindra USA said today the company will build a new $4 million tractor assembly and distribution facility in Centre South Riverport in Chattanooga.

The center is an expansion of one of Mahindra USA’s four facilities of this kind and create 55 new jobs while retaining 45 existing positions in Hamilton County, according to the state Department of Economic and Community Development.

“This expansion not only keeps valuable jobs in our state, but also underscores Tennessee’s strength in manufacturing.” said Bill Hagerty, ECD chief, in a statement. “Southeast Mahindra USA’s investment is a testament to our highly qualified workforce and another example of how companies can successfully adapt and further grow their business in Tennessee.”

The new assembly and distribution facility is an outgrowth of Chattanooga Tractor and Equipment Inc., a family-owned tractor dealership established in 1971.

When Mahindra decided to relocate its assembly and distribution facility in order to be more centrally positioned in the region for better access to customers, that facility won the contract and retrofitted his dealership for assembly and distribution.

The venture outgrew the available space within the existing Chattanooga Tractor and Equipment facility and requires the establishment of a new operation, according to a news release.

See full story in Thursday’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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