Surface Igniter moving to Blount Co., bringing 100+ jobs

MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- More than hundred new jobs are coming to Blount Co. On Wednesday, Surface Igniter LLC, a pioneer in the development of the silicone carbide igniter, announced it will move its headquarters and manufacturing operations to Maryville.

“It is truly refreshing to work with such professionals as we have in this decision to move our plant from Puerto Rico to Tennessee,” said Surface Igniter Chairman of the Board George Hanna. “It is not an easy decision to make, but they have made it as painless as possible."

Surface Igniters the leading manufacturer of hot surface igniters for heating, cooking, clothes dryers, and BBQ grills, according to the Blount Partnership, who made the announcement at a special event Wednesday morning.

"When I can meet with decision makers from city, county and state, at a single meeting, it is truly impressive! We look forward to establishing our company in Blount County, and becoming a good citizen in the state of Tennessee,” said Hanna.

Work will begin almost immediately on their new 55,000 sq. foot building, 1709 Henry G. Lane Street, Maryville. Surface Igniters plans to hire 54 people right off the bat and doubling that number over the next three years.

The company will be hiring maintenance and furnace operators within the next two weeks and additional positions in October and November. Resume or contact information can be sent to the following email address:

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