After fire, Champion relocates to Dresden

After fire, Champion relocates to Dresden
The City of Dresden will soon experience a surge of growth with the recent announcement of new industry headed for the town. Dresden will welcome Champion Enterprises into the area after a fire destroyed its former operation in Henry earlier this year. The mobile home manufacturer will house a portion of the Calpaco Paper facility inside of the Dresden Industrial Park. Operations are expected to begin in July of this year.
“The City of Dresden Mayor, Board of Aldermen, citizens and employees are thrilled to have Champion Enterprises and their employees working in Dresden and Weakley County,” Dresden Mayor Danny Forrester commented about the recent announcement.
“I appreciate the efforts by City of Dresden Industrial Development Board members, Weakley County Economic Development Director Ronnie Price, Rep. Mark Maddox, Sen. Roy Herron and other state and local officials to secure jobs and encourage economic growth in Dresden, Weakley County and Northwest Tennessee. We look forward to a long-term relationship with Champion Enterprises and welcome them to a great place to live. There is certainly a lot more work to do, but this is a pretty good start,” Forrester added.
According to Price, Champion Enterprises had its eyes on several relocation areas before making the decision to move to Dresden.
“I am pleased that Champion Homes of Tennessee selected Dresden and Weakley County to continue their operations and retain quality jobs in Northwest Tennessee. I know that Champion Enterprises reviewed several options before deciding to locate in Dresden,” Price said.
“We appreciate the professionalism of the corporate and local Champion officials as well as the aggressive approach by Calpaco owners, City of Dresden and its industrial board as well as the State of Tennessee,” the Weakley County Economic Development President added.
Even more pleased with the announcement of the new industry was Dresden Industrial Development Board Chairman Junior Moore.
“Champion Enterprises, Inc. will be an asset to the City of Dresden and Weakley County. Keeping this manufacturing facility in Northwest Tennessee is crucial and I am pleased that the decision was made to relocate to Dresden,” Moore commented.
Champion signed an agreement with Frog Properties to lease a portion of the Calpaco Paper facility.
General Manager and representative of Frog Properties and Calpaco Papers Andy Quillen said the proactive efforts by Forrester, Price and the Dresden ID Board was a “breath of fresh air in the current tough economic times.”
“Our Dresden Plant manager Steve Pecktol, local co-workers and Champion employees deserve much credit for putting this deal together. I look forward to a long and rewarding alliance with Champion Homes and I am proud of the part Frog Properties and Calpaco Papers played in helping to secure jobs in West Tennessee,” Quillen said.
Tennessee Economic and Community Development Director Matt Kisber applauded the partnership efforts between all county, local and state entities as well as the private businesses involved with the venture.
“ECD is proud to support Champion as they rebuild their operations after misfortune earlier this year. We are grateful for their continued investment in the state of Tennessee and the workforce of this community, and we look forward to seeing Champion emerge from this setback as a stronger competitor than ever before,” Kisber commented.
A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for noon on Monday, May 12 at Champion’s new location in the Calpaco Paper facility at 2073 Evergreen St. in Dresden. The public is invited to attend. Corporate headquarters for Champion Enterprises, Inc. is in Troy, Mich.
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