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State Representative Ron Travis Announces Coil Design Corporation To Establish Facility In Rhea County

May 16, 2018

Manufacturer to invest $3.4 million in Dayton, creating approximately 70 jobs. 

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) recently joined with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) and local officials to announce that Coil Design Corporation — a leader in the HVAC and refrigeration industries — is investing $3.4 million in its corporate headquarters and manufacturing plant in Dayton.

The former Goodman Manufacturing plant in the city will serve as the new home for Coil Design Corporation. The manufacturer plans to invest in new equipment and upgrades to the current facility. It is expected to be up and running by early summer and will employ citizens as machine operators, flame blazing technicians, assembly workers, drafters, engineers, as well as sales personnel.

This announcement is expected to create approximately 70 new jobs over the course of the next two years.

“Coin Design Corporation’s announcement is great news for our community,” said Representative Travis. “Their investment will bring high paying jobs to Dayton, Rhea County, and our region. I look forward to their partnership with our local officials, and I will continue to push for additional resources that promote job growth so that more of our citizens will have an opportunity to obtain the high quality jobs they desire.”

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

Measure Sponsored By Representative Travis Enhancing Consumer Protections Passes In House Chamber

March 16, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — This week, House Republicans unanimously supported passage of legislation sponsored by State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) that strengthens Tennessee’s consumer protection laws.

House Bill 1879 — which passed by a 91-0 vote tally — prohibits members of the healthcare industry from soliciting business from victims of accidents or natural disasters for a period of 30 days following an incident. The measure exempts providers who have prior family or professional relationships with victims.

It is designed to protect Tennesseans involved in these types of incidents from unwanted solicitations so that they can focus on their road to recovery.

“Our residents who are involved in accidents or natural disasters have enough to worry about as they work to restore normalcy in their daily lives,” said Chairman Travis. “I am pleased that House Bill 1879 will assist them by reducing stresses caused by unwanted disruptions as they recover.”

For more information about House 1879, please click here.

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea, and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

State Representative Ron Travis To Serve On New Wellness Caucus

November 15, 2017

Panel tasked with improving health and well-being for Tennesseans

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) today announced that he will serve on a new Wellness Caucus created by members of the Tennessee General Assembly and in collaboration with the Governor’s Foundation for Health and Wellness.

The caucus is chaired by State Representative Ryan Williams (R-Cookeville) and Senator Bo Watson (R-Hixson). It consists of 37 members — including 28 Republicans — from both the House and Senate who will study and propose new solutions to important health and wellness issues in communities across the state.

While Nashville is considered a healthcare hub for our entire nation, Tennessee still remains one of the least healthy states in the country. Approximately one in four adults smoke, and one in five high school students uses tobacco. Additionally, 33 percent of the state’s population is classified as obese, and type-2 diabetes and high blood pressure are at near-epidemic levels in all regions of the state.

Caucus members will help shape future public policy so that Tennesseans impacted by some of these adverse health conditions are able to make lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health outcomes.

“This new caucus will help my colleagues and I better understand some of the important health issues impacting our residents so that we can further our work addressing them,” said Chairman Travis. “I am honored to serve with this distinguished group of lawmakers, and I know our efforts together will improve our state’s recent health trends.”

For more information about the Governor’s Foundation for Health & Wellness, please visit http://healthierTN.com.

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules, and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea, and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

House Insurance & Banking Committee Members Produce Strong 2017 Results

July 12, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — Throughout the first half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, the House Insurance and Banking Committee was particularly active in the legislative process. Under the leadership of Committee Chairman Ron Travis (R-Dayton), the committee advanced a total of 23 legislative initiatives with eighteen of those bills being signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.

These initiatives support business growth and development, cut prescription and health care costs, and improve communication between providers and patients. Some of the legislation includes:

  • House Bill 18: Reduces the cost burden of prescription eye drop refills for patients.
  • House Bill 77: Clarifies guidelines for insurance coverage of off-highway vehicles.
  • House Bill 150: Increases totals paid out to benefactors of deceased investors.
  • House Bill 280: Revises fee provisions for owners under the vehicle insurance verification program.
  • House Bill 304: Promotes business growth by reducing government regulations.
  • House Bill 338: Lowers health care costs and improves the quality of care public elementary and secondary school students receive.
  • House Bill 405: Protects licensed pharmacists from discrimination by managed health insurance providers.
  • House Bill 498: Improves communication between health providers and patients.

“Serving alongside the men and women on my committee is an absolute honor; Tennesseans are well-served by the dedicated members of the House Insurance and Banking Committee,” said Chairman Travis. “As I reflect on our work in 2017, I believe we all fought diligently on behalf of small businesses, health care patients and providers, and the entire state. I look forward to continuing our work for the people of Tennessee during the 2018 legislative session.”

Furthermore, the efforts of the committee did not go unnoticed by House leadership, especially Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).

“I want to personally thank the hard-working members of the House Insurance and Banking Committee for their dedication to growth and stability throughout Tennessee,” said Speaker Harwell. “Their work during the 2017 legislative session will deeply impact and improve the lives of Tennesseans everywhere.”

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea, and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

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Representative Ron Travis Praises North American Expansion Of Nokian Tyres

May 18, 2017

Finland-based tire manufacturer to bring 400 new jobs to Rhea County

(NASHVILLE)Today, State Representative Ron Travis (R–Dayton) joined State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) and Governor Bill Haslam to announce that Nokian Tyres will build its first North American manufacturing facility in Rhea County.

The Finland-based tire manufacturer plans to invest $360 million in the new facility that will bring 400 jobs with competitive salaries to Dayton. It is expected to open in 2020 and will have the capability to produce more than 4 million American-made tires annually. A recent tax cut for Tennessee manufacturers that was included in the Administration’s IMPROVE Act was likely a major factor in Nokian’s decision to build the new facility in Tennessee.

“I am thrilled that Nokian Tyres has decided to make this incredible commitment to our community,” said Representative Travis. “Today’s announcement continues Tennessee’s economic momentum and solidifies our state’s status as a leader in job creation.”

Nokian Tyres specializes in creating tires that can perform in extreme conditions. The manufacturer invented the first winter tire in 1934 and currently sells tires for all conditions and all vehicle types.

Ron Travis serves as the Chairman of the House Insurance & Banking Committee. He is also a member of the House Transportation, House Calendar & Rules and Joint Fiscal Review Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Subcommittee. Travis lives in Dayton and represents House District 31, which includes Bledsoe, Sequatchie, Rhea and part of Roane County. He can be reached by email at: Rep.Ron.Travis@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-1450.

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Republican Lawmakers Create Middle College Scholarship For Tennessee High School Students

May 12, 2017

(NASHVILLE) — This week, Republican lawmakers passed legislation sponsored by State Representative Kent Calfee (R-Kingston) and State Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton) that helps industrious high school students who are also working toward earning their associate degree.

House Bill 980 creates the Tennessee Middle College Scholarship program and expands eligibility for the Tennessee HOPE scholarship to students who earn an associate degree from a state community college. The program uses proceeds from the Tennessee Lottery to help fund the two-year scholarship program for rising high school juniors who are interested in earning their degree from a community college while they also work toward completing high school.

The Tennessee Middle College Scholarship program is open to Tennessee students who are admitted to, and enrolled in, an eligible public two-year community college that partners with a local school district to offer middle college courses beginning in the fall semester of a student’s junior year in high school. Under scholarship guidelines, students must also maintain a cumulative 2.75 Grade Point Average (GPA) during their duel enrollment semesters. An estimated 300 Tennessee high school students could benefit from the new Tennessee Middle College Scholarship program.

“It is my belief that children in our state should have a chance to pursue their educational goals,” said Representative Calfee. “The Middle College Scholarship program enables Tennessee students who might not be able to pursue their degree at a four-year college or university an opportunity to further their education.”

“This program will help students who want to enter the workforce upon graduation from high school to secure better paying jobs,” said Representative Travis. “It also assists those who are interested in earning their bachelor’s degree by alleviating the burden of debt that so many college graduates face.”

The full text of the bill can be accessed by visiting the Tennessee General Assembly website at: http://www.capitol.tn.gov/Bills/110/Bill/HB0980.pdf

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