2 Businesses Announce Expansion In Rutherford County


Steel Technologies LLC and Topre America today announced plans to expand existing operations in Smyrna.

Steel Technologies has plans for an 80,000 sq. ft. expansion to its new greenfield facility. The expansion will house coil-fed laser blanking capabilities, the most advanced combination of coil-fed automation and high-speed laser cutting for surface-sensitive metal blanking. Upon completion, the $36.6 million facility will total 163,000 sq. ft. for steel and aluminum slitting, conventional configured blanking and coil-fed laser blanking.

This second phase expansion includes adding 80,000 sq. ft. and a dual-head laser-blanking line from LaserCoil Technologies that will be operational in the first quarter of 2018. “These capabilities will bring substantial flexibility and incredible value to our customer base,” stated Randall Patterson, Vice President of U.S. Operations. “We have been working closely with customers in the region to expand our capabilities in line with their future needs.”

“When industry succeeds, we all succeed,” said Mayor Mary Esther Reed. “The Town of Smyrna congratulates Steel Technologies on the expansion news in Smyrna.”

“We are excited by the opportunity to again expand Steel Technologies’ footprint in Rutherford County,” Destination Rutherford Chairman Bill Jones said. “Our partnership with Steel Technologies continues to be a testament of the ability of our community to meet the needs of industry. We wish Steel Technologies continued success.”

Topre America Corp. announced that the automotive supplier will expand operations at its manufacturing facility. The automotive parts manufacturer will invest approximately $38.2 million and create 35 new jobs in Rutherford County.

Construction on the expansion is scheduled to begin in July 2017. Topre America anticipates the 40,000-square-foot expansion phase to be operational in 2019.

“Topre America is pleased to be working in a community like Smyrna that supports our growth pattern,” Brad Pepper, vice president of Topre America, said. “We’ve been successful in Rutherford County thanks to the strong workforce Tennessee offers. We’ve developed strong partnerships with the State of Tennessee and Rutherford County officials and look forward to growing in the future.”

“The Town of Smyrna congratulates Topre America on its expansion,” Smyrna Mayor Mary Esther Reed said. “The growth of existing industry is exciting because the success of the company equals new jobs for our community.”

“We congratulate Topre America on the recent expansion in Rutherford County,” Destination Rutherford Chairman Bill Jones said. “Existing industry growth shares a story about our community’s ability to meet the needs of industry.”

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