White County welcomed officials from the Federal, State and local government to celebrate the grand opening of the Hörmann Facility.
Hörmann is a German engineered garage door and opener manufacturer, with 6,000 employees world wide.
The idea for bringing Hörmman to White County started in Germany three years ago. After a nearly $65 million dollar investment, Hörmann will add 200 jobs. White County Executive Denny Wayne Robinson said this opening was the biggest day since taking office.
“I don’t know if words can describe what this means for White County, this will affect the lifestyles the income, the people of White County for decades, decades to come,” Robinson said. “I mean this is just the best thing that could have happened here and we’re so excited and so proud.”
During the opening Robinson thanked all officials, and his own commissioners and local government for getting the infrastructure in place to make the facility possible. Joining Robinson at the podium was Hörmann President Camron Rudd, who has his own ties to the Upper Cumberland as a TTU graduate.
“At some point you’re going to start seeing more Hörmann product in projections around the area,” Rudd said. “We want you to have as much pride in that badge on that product, as we have in that product, because we want to be a part of this community.”
U.S. Congressman John Rose was in attendance as well and was mentioned because of how much attention he gave to the Hörmann project. Rose said he made multiple visits because of what it means for the future of his district.
“You want to do everything you can to make sure that, that’s successful,” Rose said. “We’re so proud of White County and Mayor Robinson and the Hörmann company for this project, and happy for our fellow Tennesseans that are going to have good, high paying jobs right here in the Upper Cumberland.
Rudd said the starting pay at Hörmann will be $13 an hour. Appalachian Regional Commission Chairman Tim Thomas and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe also spoke at the event.