Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Fuel Total Systems (FTS) officials announced Wednesday that the company will locate its new manufacturing facility in Maury County.
The automotive components manufacturer will create 150 new jobs and invest approximately $60.9 million in Mount Pleasant.
With this new location, FTS will be better suited to serve its Southeastern customers. The company will build a new 110,000-square-foot facility in the Cherry Glen Industrial park, a Select Tennessee Certified site.
“I thank FTS for choosing to locate new operations in Mount Pleasant and for creating 150 new jobs in Maury County,” Haslam said. “The automotive sector in Tennessee continues to be one of our strongest industries with automotive companies operating in 88 out of our 95 counties. I appreciate FTS for investing in our state and helping Tennessee lead in the automotive sector.”
“Foreign direct investment is one of the state’s main goals with more than 900 foreign-owned establishments located in our state,” Rolfe said. “I appreciate FTS, a Japanese-based company, for keeping our foreign direct investment momentum going by locating new operations and creating 150 new jobs in Maury County. We thank FTS for its commitment to our state and look forward to building a strong partnership for years to come.”
FTS is a manufacturer of automotive plastic fuel tank systems and related automotive components. The company focuses on the development, design, manufacturing, and sale of fuel tanks, appurtenant parts, as well as engine and Hybrid parts. FTS is based in Japan and also has operations in Kentucky.
“We are very excited to be locating our newest FTS facility in Mount Pleasant, Tennessee,” said Hiroyuki Ochiai, president of FTS Co., Ltd. “We would like to thank the State of Tennessee, Mount Pleasant and Maury County officials, as well as community members for all the support we have received throughout this process. Our mission is to create a safe workplace for our employees, to be a good corporate citizen in this community, and to grow together with the people of Mount Pleasant and Maury County.”
Local leaders thanked FTS for its investment in Mount Pleasant.
“We want to welcome Fuel Total Systems to Maury County and thank the company for choosing our community as the location for its new operation,” said Maury County Mayor Andy Ogles. “This announcement highlights the fact that Maury County is rapidly becoming known for advanced manufacturing, and has the teamwork and support of community, state and regional partners to succeed.”
“This is an exciting time for our community,” Maury Alliance President Wil Evans stated. “Fuel Total Systems will provide excellent job opportunities for citizens in Maury County and across the region. We are thankful that the company has decided to locate here and understand that this is a statement to the quality workforce that Maury County offers. We also deeply appreciate the hard work on the part of many people and organizations that have led to this day. Without our partnership with organizations such as the City of Mount Pleasant, the Maury County IDB, Mount Pleasant Power Systems and the Maury County Commission, projects such as this could not happen.”
“We are excited Fuel Total Systems has chosen Cherry Glen Industrial Park in Mount Pleasant to locate new operations,” Mount Pleasant Mayor Jim Bailey said. “FTS will be the first development in our Select Tennessee Certified Site in 10 years. FTS will be the perfect fit and we look forward to working with the company.”
“TVA and Mount Pleasant Power System congratulate Fuel Total Systems on its decision to locate in Maury County,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “Attracting and retaining quality jobs and investment is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with Maury Alliance and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission.”
Along with the creation of new jobs and capital investment, FTS has made a sizable donation to two local organizations in Maury County. The company made a $5,000 donation to Maury County Public Schools to assist the Mount Pleasant High School STEAM Program compete in the nationally recognized Lexus Eco Challenge. These funds will help Mt. Pleasant High School create 3D printed plastic recycling containers to place in the Mt. Pleasant community as an effort to create more environmental awareness, which is a principle FTS highly promotes within the company. As a proponent of environmental responsibility, FTS hopes this can create a more positive impact on recycling. FTS also made a $5,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maury County. This funding can be used to support the great programs and services that the Boys & Girls Clubs provides to over 1,200 youth of Maury County.
Mount Pleasant and Maury County are represented Sen. Joey Hensley (R – Hohenwald), Rep. Sheila Butt (R – Columbia) and Rep. Michael Curcio (R – Dickson) in the Tennessee General Assembly.