Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with VIAM Manufacturing and Coffee County officials Wednesday announced an expansion of the company’s facility on Park Tower Drive in Manchester, creating 75 new jobs.
The expansion represents a $9 million investment and will bring VIAM’s operating space to 507,000 square-feet at its Coffee County facility.
“Tennessee is a national leader in automotive manufacturing, and VIAM’s expansion is a testament to our strengths in this key industry,” Hagerty said. “I appreciate VIAM’s continued investment in and recognition of Tennessee’s solid manufacturing base and quality workforce.”
“VIAM’s growth can be attributed to our customer’s confidence in our ability to deliver a high quality product. Our associates have demonstrated time and time again their commitment to the success of VIAM,” said VIAM chief operating officer Keith Hayes. “We would like to thank our parent company (Japan Vilene Co.) for the confidence they have placed in us, the local representatives of Coffee County and Manchester for their support through the years and last, but certainly not least, the State of Tennessee and the ECD department for all their support.”
Coffee County Mayor David Pennington added that expansions like these are key to local growth.
“VIAM has demonstrated a partnership with the county through several expansions,” said Pennington. “Companies like VIAM expanding locally foster the majority of our community’s growth. We appreciate what VIAM has done for us.”
Bill Comer with the Coffee County Industrial Board added that these expansions provide high quality jobs.
“We are very fortunate to have the VIAM and VICAM operations located in Coffee County. These Japan Vilene subsidiaries have consistently grown and provided high-quality jobs to our citizens since their selection of the Coffee County Interstate Park as their initial site in 1998,” said Comer. “It has been my pleasure to work with COO Keith Hayes throughout this period. He and his company have always been open and sincere in discussions related to their many expansions and have always demonstrated a commitment to community support.”
VIAM Manufacturing, Inc., a subsidiary of Japan Vilene, Tokyo, has been supplying the automotive industry with high quality, custom design floor, trunk and cargo mats as well as truck liners and other non-woven fabric auto accessories for domestic and overseas customers such as Toyota, Nissan, Honda, General Motors, Mazda, Mitsubishi and Ford since its incorporation in 1983. VIAM opened its first Tennessee facility in Manchester in 1999, expanding and officially moving its North American Headquarters here in 2008.
VIAM’s growth has included a 58,000 square-foot addition to its initial plant, the purchase of an additional 10 acres and construction of an 85,000 square-foot building which includes its corporate headquarters. This latest expansion will bring VIAM’s total square-footage to 507,000 square-feet and their employment to 487 employees.
VICAM produces fiber by a process of recycling PET plastics. The fiber is used in the fabrication of headliner material for automobiles. VICAM currently employs 23 people.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies 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.