GGL expanding in Tennessee
Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013 12:00 am
Global Green Lighting has announced the company plans to hire as many as 250 people at a newly established lighting assembly facility in Chattanooga.
The move is creating jobs for Tennesseans by bringing subcontracted production back from China, according to a news release from the state Department of Economic and Community Development.
GGL recently acquired a 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Chattanooga and has set up production lines to assemble its flagship product, a light emitting diode street lamp combined with the latest automated metering infrastructure smart grid metering technology. EPB, Chattanooga’s municipally-owned power provider, has certified GGL’s outdoor lighting solution, making it the world’s only product of its kind that has been authenticated by an electric utility to deliver energy savings to the city in real-time.
GGL’s expansion will create 40 new jobs immediately. By the end of 2013, GGL expects to hire 160 assembly workers. The company also expects to hire 50 people for sales, marketing, customer service and equipment maintenance.
Chattanooga City Mayor Ron Littlefield cited GGL as a leading example of how the city’s world-class technical infrastructure is sparking innovation and job creation.
Chattanooga’s deployment of America’s first community-wide “Gig” fiber network offering up to 1 gigabit-per-second Internet service inspired Global Green Lighting president and CEO Don Lepard to pair his energy efficient (LED) street lamps with a wireless radio controlled, smart grid-based lighting system that allows the city operators and officers complete and measured control of every light to maximize both energy savings and public safety.