Fitzgerald Truck Parts & Sales Expanding to Pickett County
Fitzgerald Truck Parts & Sales Expanding to Pickett County30-Jun-2011
(NASHVILLE, June 30, 2011) – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Representative Kelly Keisling (R—Byrdstown), and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Tommy C. Fitzgerald, president of Fitzgerald Truck Parts & Sales, announced plans today for the company to expand its operations to Byrdstown, Tennessee. The company has purchased the former Hutchinson FTS site in Pickett County to house its drive train and freightliner glider kit assembly operations. Current plans call for the new facility to be operational within 90-120 days, following renovations to the site. The company plans to fill 40-50 new positions over an initial nine month timeframe and then, within 18 months, an additional 50 jobs will be created.
“While we will continue to recruit businesses from out of state, our Jobs4TN plan focuses on growing and expanding companies already in Tennessee because research shows that is where the majority of jobs are grown,” said Governor Haslam. “I’m excited by Mr. Fitzgerald’s reinvestment in Tennessee, and this is great news for Byrdstown and Pickett County.”
Company president Tommy Fitzgerald stated, “The time was right to expand our operations in Tennessee. The Governor and elected officials have cultivated a strong environment for business development and we are excited to grow this company so we can better serve our nationwide customer base.”
Fitzgerald’s main operations are located in Crossville, Tennessee. The company is a family owned and operated business that has grown to be the largest glider kit dealer and assembly operation in the country.
“I am proud to say that both local and State officials, as well as countless local leaders in the business community, have worked tirelessly to attract new investment to our region,” added Rep. Keisling. “Today’s announcement is welcome news for these individuals as well as many Tennesseans who are looking for a new opportunity to join the workforce. Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty, and our Republican Majority will continue working hard to make sure we create the best possible environment for businesses to expand and succeed in Tennessee.”
“I am pleased Fitzgerald Truck Parts & Sales is investing in the economy and citizens of Byrdstown and growing its Tennessee business base,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “Gov. Haslam’s Jobs4TN economic development plan places a renewed focus on serving existing Tennessee companies like Fitzgerald and acknowledges the power they have to create jobs and generate further investment. I look forward to the continued work with Rep. Keisling and the General Assembly to maintain our business friendly climate for both existing and new businesses.”
The plant will be located on a 18-acre site that will house engine assembly, drive train assembly, and glider kit drive train installation. Fitzgerald was established in 1989 and serves a national customer base. The company partners with Freightliner Trucks to meet the needs of fleet operations and owner-operator small businesses in the shipping industry.