Surface Igniter LLC to move operations to Maryville, will bring 100 jobs
By Joel Davis | (email@example.com)
The Blount Partnership announced Wednesday that Surface Igniter LLC will move operations to Maryville.
The company is moving its headquarters and manufacturing operations to the Blount County Industrial Park. More than 100 new jobs will result.
Surface Igniter is a manufacturer of hot surface igniters for the heating, cooking, clothes dryer and barbecue grill industries.
The company will begin production immediately with 54 employees in the 55,000-square foot Blount County industrial building, formerly known as the Klote International Facility, located at 1709 Henry G. Lane Street in Maryville. Employment is expected to double within the next three years.
“It is an exciting time for the company as we anticipate growth and new business opportunities,” said Surface Igniter President and General Manager David Kidd.
“The decision to relocate the operation from Puerto Rico and Ohio has been in the planning stages for several months. State and local officials have exhibited professionalism and enthusiasm in every aspect of the process. Their assistance with the relocation of the facility solidified our decision to move to Blount County and Tennessee.”
The company will be hiring maintenance and furnace operators within the next two weeks and additional positions in October and November. Resumes or contact information may be emailed to (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Surface Igniter is moving its production facilities from Puerto Rico and its headquarters, warehousing and distribution facilities from Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The company will invest $3.8 million and create 108 new jobs during the next three years in Blount County, officials said.
“Getting a company to move its entire manufacturing and headquarters to this area really speaks to the quality of life and workforce available here,” said Maryville Mayor Tom Taylor in a press release.
Equipment is scheduled to arrive at the end of September with installation, training and process qualification beginning in October. Phase one production is expected begin in November 2013.
“We are pleased to have Surface Igniter moving its entire operation to Blount County,” said Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell. “The growth we are experiencing is phenomenal and the variety of businesses moving here shows the diversity of the work force we have to offer.”
Formerly the Igniters Division of Carborundum, the company became the Surface Igniter Corp. in 1997 after Graphite Sales Inc. bought the silicon carbide, hot surface igniter business.
Originally introduced as the ignition source for gas clothes dryers in the 70s, hot surface ignition is still the most reliable and cost-effective method for gas ignition after more than 40 years of its introduction, according to the company.
Blount County Industrial Board Chair Chuck Alexander said that during the past two years, economic development efforts in Blount County have resulted in 1,800 new jobs and more than $363 million in investments.
The cost of electricity was a selling point for Blount County. “Our process is extremely electrical driven, so power cost was a big factor in our decision,” Kidd said.