Kelvion receives recognition by the State of Tennessee for providing new jobs to the region

21.05.2019

Kelvion, a global manufacturer of heat transfer equipment, today received significant recognition and appreciation from the State of Tennessee for providing more than 50 new jobs at its newly reopened Knoxville, Tennessee plant.

The recognition was celebrated during a ceremony at the Kelvion plant in Knoxville with Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Terry Turner, Chairman of the Board of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, and approximately 30 other economic leaders in attendance.

Kelvion, a global manufacturer of heat transfer equipment, today received significant recognition and appreciation from the State of Tennessee for providing more than 50 new jobs at its newly reopened Knoxville, Tennessee plant. The recognition was celebrated during a ceremony at the Kelvion plant in Knoxville with Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Terry Turner, Chairman of the Board of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, and approximately 30 other economic leaders in attendance.

The plant in Knoxville , formerly a Rocore plant, stood empty for many years. It was brought back to life in June, 2018 by Kelvion to manufacture air coolers for the Refrigeration and HVAC industries. The refurbishment of the building began in mid-June 2018 and was completed in just five months. New cranes and production machines were installed but the most important success factor was hiring qualified staff. “Our hope was that former Rocore employees would return and work for Kelvion”, said Plant Manager Jamie Estes. Twenty seven former Rocore employees were rehired in October and November, 2018, which is a testament to the exceptional working relationship between management and staff.  Currently, the plant in Knoxville is seeking to add another eleven employees within the next three months.  The Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley region is attractive to manufacturing companies like Kelvion due to the region’s strong workforce pipeline, proximity to more than 60% of the U.S. population, and access to advanced materials research.  “Innovation Valley is known nationwide as a manufacturing powerhouse, and that’s why advanced technology and manufacturing is one of its target recruitment clusters,” said Doug Lawyer, Vice President of Economic Development for the Knoxville Chamber. “Access to regional assets like Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the University of Tennessee and Tennessee Valley Authority give manufacturers, like Kelvion, confidence that our region can support their existing demand and future growth“. 

“To receive this recognition is truly an honor“, said Travis Nichols, Kelvion CFO for the U.S. “We are very proud that we managed to re-establish a production facility in Knoxville so quickly and could rehire so many of the former Rocore employees. This recognition acknowledges the hard work and dedication of our entire team.”