By KEVIN BOWDEN
Union City’s Greenfield Products plant is on the receiving end of some state recognition this week for its job creation and capital investment.
The state Department of Economic and Community Development has included the local manufacturing plant on its weekly Hot Sheet, which was scheduled to come out today.
“We congratulate Green-field Products LLC on its recent expansion of its Union City facility and thank the company for its continued confidence in the people and business climate of Tennessee. ECD will continue to focus on our regional economic development strategy and help existing industries grow and be successful in their local communities,” Clint Brewer, assistant commissioner of communications and creative services for the state department, said.
“The company invested $1 million and created 27 jobs. Positions included welders, machinists, painters/blasters, fabricators and engineers,” he said.
State Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty is scheduled to tour the local Greenfield Products plant next week, according to a state official.
Greenfield Products moved to Union City’s industrial park in February 2007 and since that move has grown from 20 workers to more than 60 employees.
Greenfield Products is one of 19 companies owned by Mi-Jack Products of Hazel Crest, Ill.
Mi-Jack Products is a privately-held family-owned group of companies that sells and services heavy equipment throughout the United States and the world.
Bobby King is the local plant manager.
He has estimated the local plant processes more than five million pounds of steel a year at its facility in the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center.
Greenfield Products designs and manufactures specially-designed equipment used by large mobile cranes, fork trucks and stand-alone applications. The local plant also builds “container spreaders” designed to handle shipping containers used on highways, railroads and at sea ports. The containers range in size from 20 to 53 feet long, are generally 91⁄2 feet tall and can weigh up to 33 tons fully loaded. The containers are designed for commercial and military applications.
The local Greenfield Products plant also manufactures fork truck prongs capable of handling tires up to 14 feet in diameter, up to five feet thick and weighing up to 17 tons. The local industry is also involved in supplying the wind power industry.
The plant’s workforce consists of fabricators, welders, machinists, painters and assemblers.
“We make every effort to be totally self-sufficient, starting with raw material building up to the finished product, tested and shipped,” King told The Messenger during an interview in October 2011.
Greenfield Products serves a wide range of clients, including Mi-Jack, Kalmar, Caterpillar and Lindle. The local plant also serves major railroads, sea ports, steel and concrete producers.
King said Greenfield Products has its products on every continent, including Antarctica and Europe, as well as in such countries as Russia, Mongolia and Australia.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Published in The Messenger 3.2.12