MAGNETI MARELLI TO EXPAND PULASKI SITE TO INCLUDE LIGHTING OPERATION Expansion Will Create 800 New Jobs in Giles County
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner
Bill Hagerty announced today that Magneti Marelli will expand its Pulaski outfit, a $53.7
million investment that will create 800 new jobs.
Magneti Marelli is a top global automotive systems and components supplier, and a new automotive
lighting operation will be housed inside the company’s existing Pulaski facility.
"Congratulations to Magneti Marelli on this announcement," Haslam said. "Our Jobs4TN economic
development strategy includes strong emphasis on several industry clusters, such as the automotive
industry, in which the state holds a distinct competitive advantage and on expanding existing
Tennessee businesses. The addition of this lighting operation to the Pulaski site is welcome news
to Giles County and the state."
"This is great news for Pulaski, and I am grateful to the company for their continued confidence in
our state," Hagerty said. "This announcement is a testament to the exceptional workforce in Pulaski
and the surrounding areas, and the creation of these new jobs will have a large impact on the residents
of this area. With the strongest balance sheet in the United States, Tennessee stands out to global
companies like Magneti Marelli who undertake a worldwide review in determining where to locate and
expand their operation."
Along with manufacturing sites in Juarez and Tepotzotlan, Mexico, the Pulaski operation rounds out
the company’s lighting division. Magneti Marelli’s lighting division is one of the world leaders in
the automotive lighting sector, having supplied about 20 million headlamps and about 22 million
rearlamps to global carmakers in 2011.
"What a great day for the citizens of Giles County," Janet Vanzant, county executive, said.
"Today's good news means jobs, and that is always good. Magneti Marelli has been a great corporate
citizen for several years, and we all welcome this expansion. I want to thank the State of Tennessee,
our local economic development office and all the other partners that contributed to the success of
"What a wonderful day in Pulaski," Mayor Pat Ford said. "Magneti Marelli's announcement today has to
be the biggest economic development project in the history of Pulaski and the jobs that will be created
are sorely needed. I want to thank Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty and his staff for helping us
with this project. Magneti Marelli is already is a valued member of our industrial family and I know
the lighting division will be successful in our community."
"Today’s announcement is good news for Giles County, but this project is going to have a very positive
impact throughout all of southern middle Tennessee," Dan Speer, executive director, Pulaski-Giles
County Economic Development Council, said. "A great deal of hard work and cooperation went in to this
project, and I too would like to thank Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty, along with the entire ECD
staff, TVA and the local Workforce Development Board. Many people contributed to the success of this
project, and I particularly would like to thank plant manager Kim Ketchum and her management team for
their invaluable contributions."
"TVA congratulates Magneti Marelli on their decision to locate a new automotive lighting manufacturing
operation that expands its existing site in Pulaski,” said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of
economic development. "We are privileged to work with Magneti Marelli and economic development partners,
including the State of Tennessee, PES Energize, City of Pulaski/Giles County leaders, to facilitate jobs
Magneti Marelli has 83 production units, 11 research and development centers and 26 application centers
in 18 countries. Magneti Marelli’s 34,000 employees work on electronic systems; lighting; powertrain;
suspension systems and shock absorbers; exhaust systems; plastic components and modules; and motorsport
and aftermarket parts and services.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
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which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department
seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate
expansion and economic growth. To find out more, go to www.tn.gov/ecd.
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