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Two new industries are under construction in Carroll County and Gränges is advancing with its significant expansion plans. Pottery Direct’s new 40,000 square-foot building, located on …
Two new industries are under construction in Carroll County and Gränges is advancing with its significant expansion plans.
Pottery Direct’s new 40,000 square-foot building, located on Rochelle Road in the McKenzie Industrial Park South, is complete on the outside and the interior is under construction. It will make pottery and use the ball clay resources found in the geographic area. The company is expected to open early 2020. It is located next to Parts Depot and across from the MTD in McKenzie. It is expected to hire up to 40 persons in a few years.
Dynamix Casting’s new 20,000 square-foot building is under construction in the Huntingdon Industrial Park South on State Route 22. It is projected to hire 25 employees.
Mayor Dale Kelley said the company makes additives for the steel industry. The company will hire engineers and others at the Huntingdon location.
It is a Tennessee Foreign Limited-Liability Company, with ties to Knoxville.
Gränges’ expansion project nears completion.
According to the company’s website, Gränges project started in September 2017 to expand its aluminum rolling operation in Huntingdon meeting growing demand for HVAC and automotive heat exchanger materials, aluminum foil and packaging materials.
“The expansion in Huntingdon marks the next step in our strategic growth plan for the North American market. Gränges has built a strong reputation in the aluminum rolling industry, and this expansion allows us to further support our customers’ growth. Today we reached an important milestone as we ran the first test coil and I am very satisfied that all is going according to plan,” says Gränges CEO Johan Menckel.
The expansion includes investment and expansion in all areas - buildings, melting/holding furnaces, caster, cold-rolling mill, annealing furnaces, and slitter.
This further positions Huntingdon as one of the most modern and efficient rolling mills in North America. When completed, the capacity in Huntingdon will increase from about 160 ktonnes to nearly 200 ktonnes per year.
“The investment represents a long-term commitment to our customers, employees and shareholders as we grow our capacity in support of our strategic markets,” says Gränges Americas President, Patrick Lawlor.