200 jobs coming to Union City, Tenn.

Two hundred jobs are on the way to Union City, Tennessee. Institutional Casework Incorporated says the company will pay between $11 and $13 an hour.

The company says it should be fully operational by March of next year, but you can apply now at the Tennessee Career Center at 204 South Second Street in Union City.

That’s good news for the hundreds of people who’ve been laid off over the years. In fact, the company that owned the Lennox building before ICI bought it about a week ago, Innovative Hearth Products, laid off its employees in May.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development put Obion County as the fourth most unemployed county in the state, with a jobless rate of 9.6 percent.

This is a big announcement for ICI President and CEO Jim Arthurs. For his brother, Greg, this means more sleep at night. “It’s getting so bad that you’re not sure if you’re going to have a job year to year now,” he commented. He’s glad to be back at work after being laid off in 2011 from Goodyear and by IHP in May.

He’s hopeful about this round, though. “I believe this facility will be here for a while. I don’t look at it going anywhere. It makes me feel a lot more secure about having a job and provided for my family,” he added.

The decision to expand the company — based in Paris, Tennessee — to Union City wasn’t overnight. It all started with the powder paint system inside the factory. Because ICI manufactures metal cabinets for laboratories, colleges, and pharmaceutical companies, the company was interested in acquiring that machine. After touring the building and hearing incentive proposals from local and state governments, they opted for northwest Tennessee over their other option: New York.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says rural areas are harder to sell and he’s proud they chose Tennessee over New York. “They did the incredible research that led them to the conclusion that being here was a better place to be,” Haslam said. 

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