SEVIER COUNTY (WVLT) – A Cocke County manufacturing facility will move to Sevierville as part of a $10 million relocation project.
Lisega, Inc. is a German-based company specializing in making pipe supports for major plant engineering and construction.
Their current plant in Newport is the company’s only manufacturing facility in the US.
According to the company, the new Sevierville plant will allow the company to create 100 new jobs while retaining all 124 current employees from the Newport plant.
“We are thrilled to relocate to Sevier County,” said Bob Beldyk, Lisega’s general manager. “This relocation is the best scenario for all parties. It allows Lisega to maintain its current productive workforce while maintaining our ties to the Newport community. Furthermore, it achieves the goals of the company while retaining jobs for East Tennessee and provides the necessary environment for our future growth. Our increased business makes it necessary for us to build new facilities and significantly increase our workforce.”
The new 100,000-square-foot facility will be built in the Smith-Thomas Technology Park near Interstate 40, and the company said it will be state-of-the-art.
Though the Newport plant will be closed, anyone who wants to keep their job will be encouraged to.
“This is a very unusual situation, when a company re-locates to a neighboring county, and both counties worked together with the State to insure that the move would be successful,” said Iliff McMahan, Cocke County mayor. “It could not have worked out better for the people of Cocke and Sevier Counties
“We are very pleased to welcome Lisega to our county,” said Larry Waters, Sevier County mayor. “Not only will they keep their current workforce, but they will also provide over 100 new year-round jobs with benefits to the people of Sevier County. I want to thank the staff of the Sevier County Economic Development Council for their leadership in successfully coordinating all aspects of this project.”
There is no word when the new plant will open.