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State Representative Barry Doss Introduces Legislation To Increase Funding For Cities In District 70

February 13, 2018

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Barry Doss (R-Leoma) today introduced legislation designed to increase state funding for cities in House District 70.

House Bill 1903 — supported by more than three dozen House members — refines the state’s funding formula for collected revenues in order to increase funding for vital projects in cities like Ardmore, Elkton, Lawrenceburg, Loretto, and Pulaski by requiring that 5 percent of certain state funding be distributed equally to all of Tennessee’s local municipalities. Under the current formula, monies are distributed to Tennessee’s cities and towns based upon population.

This unfairly penalizes our smaller cities who deserve a seat at the table just like their larger counterparts. In recent years, rural communities across Tennessee have seen a combined decrease of more than $100 million in funding.

Chairman Doss remains committed to fighting for these cities and towns in order to guarantee that they are not ignored at the state level.

“Over the past two decades, we have seen our rural communities lose access to critical resources they need in order to thrive under our current funding formula,” said Chairman Doss. “It is an honor to fight for our residents, as well as rural Tennessee cities and towns across all regions in order to ensure they have the tools needed to prosper.”

For more information about House Bill 1903, please click here.

Barry Doss serves as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He lives in Leoma and represents House District 70, which includes all of Giles and the majority of Lawrence Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Barry.Doss@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7476.

Two Major Job Announcements in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee

December 20, 2017

Press Releases from Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

Cabinets To Go Expanding in Lawrenceburg

Kitchen cabinet and flooring company to invest $6.5 million, create nearly 70 jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Cabinets To Go officials announced today that the Lawrenceburg-based company will expand its operations in Lawrence County. Cabinets To Go plans to invest $6.5 million and create nearly 70 new jobs in Lawrenceburg.

“Just last year, Cabinets To Go made a major investment to make Lawrence County the hub for its distribution and corporate operations,” Rolfe said. “Cabinets To Go’s decision to expand its manufacturing capabilities in Lawrenceburg is a testament to the region’s strong workforce and a business environment in Tennessee that supports job creation. I’d like to thank Cabinets To Go for investing further in Lawrenceburg and creating nearly 70 high quality jobs in Lawrence County.”

“We have been thrilled with the support of the local community and the State of Tennessee, and look forward to growing Cabinets To Go in Lawrence County for many years to come,” Jerry Burdock, CEO and president of Cabinets To Go, said.

Founded in 2008, Cabinets To Go has 62 showrooms across the country and is the largest specialty retailer of kitchen cabinets in the United States. In August 2016, Cabinets to Go announced it would relocate its national headquarters and main warehouse and distribution center to Lawrenceburg.

Cabinets To Go recently added countertops, flooring and installation services along with its kitchen and bath cabinets. With the investment of $6.5 million going toward new equipment to manufacture engineered hardwood flooring, Cabinets To Go is introducing its new brand, Robusto Floors, Hardwood Engineered to the Max.

“We are excited that Cabinets To Go is expanding in Lawrence County,” Ethan Hadley, president & CEO of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, said. “Their vision and corporate culture perfectly compliment Lawrence County’s big dreams and family values. We are proud to partner with Cabinets To Go both now and in the future.”
“TVA and Lawrenceburg Utility System congratulate Cabinets To Go on its decision to expand operations in Lawrence County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “It’s always an exciting day when a company is committed to continuing growth in our community and we are pleased to partner with Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to celebrate this announcement.”

Lawrenceburg and Lawrence County are represented by Sen. Joey Hensley (R – Hohenwald) and Rep. Barry Boss (R – Leoma) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

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Governor Haslam, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Martin Technologies to Establish New Operations in Lawrenceburg

Engineering and manufacturing company to create approximately 240 jobs 

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Martin Technologies officials announced today that the engineering and manufacturing company will establish new operations in Lawrenceburg.

Martin Technologies plans to invest more than $6 million and create approximately 240 jobs in Lawrence County.

“I’d like to thank Martin Technologies for its commitment to invest in Lawrence County,” Haslam said. “The creation of approximately 240 new jobs in high-skilled engineering, management and technician positions will be a tremendous boost for household incomes in Lawrence County. Martin Technologies’ decision to establish operations in Lawrenceburg brings us one step closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs.”

“From a jobs standpoint, Martin Technologies’ plan to locate a facility in Lawrenceburg represents the largest project TNECD has supported in Lawrence County since 2011,” Rolfe said. “TNECD has made job growth in rural Tennessee a priority, and it’s encouraging news that Martin Technologies will move forward and create hundreds of new job opportunities for the residents of Lawrence County.”

Headquartered in New Hudson, Mich., Martin Technologies is a full-service engineering and manufacturing company, providing global mobility solutions to the automotive, marine, aerospace and defense industries.

“This move represents an exciting growth segment for Martin Technologies,” Harold Martin, CEO, and founder of Martin Technologies, said. “We have steadily grown our team for more than 21 years. We are founded on a motorsports culture of fast reaction, precision, efficiency, and innovation. We are blessed by the welcome and accommodation of Lawrence County. This location is key to our engineering expansion as we are rapidly expanding our global footprint. We have plans to hire approximately 240 people to accommodate our growing customer base in the local market, bringing additional economic growth to Lawrence County.”

Martin Technologies’ decision to establish a new facility in Lawrenceburg is driven by increased demand among automotive OEMs and Tier-1 suppliers for its engineering, testing, and manufacturing services. Martin Technologies will initially occupy 60,000-square-feet at 100 Hicks Drive in Lawrenceburg. Martin Technologies plans to have the new facility operational in January 2018. The Lawrenceburg operations will initially support engineering and testing services for automotive OEMs before providing additional manufacturing services for OEMs and suppliers.

Local officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority praised Martin Technologies for its decision to invest in Lawrence County.

“Martin Technologies’ investment in Lawrence County further validates our proven automotive workforce. We welcome them to the Lawrence County family,” Ethan Hadley, president & CEO of the Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, said.

“TVA and Lawrenceburg Utility Systems are proud to congratulate Martin Technologies on its decision to locate in Lawrence County,” TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley said. “Helping to foster job creation and investment in the Valley is fundamental to TVA’s mission of service and we are proud to partner with Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce, City of Lawrenceburg, and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to help further that mission.”

Lawrenceburg and Lawrence County are represented by Sen. Joey Hensley (R – Hohenwald) and Rep. Barry Doss (R – Leoma) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high-quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

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State Representative Barry Doss Announces Funding Approval For New Elk River Boat Ramp

July 19, 2017

House Speaker Beth Harwell strongly supported funding efforts for upgrades

(NASHVILLE) — State Representative Barry Doss (R–Leoma) today announced funding approval for a new Elk River boat ramp and parking lot to better serve citizens of Giles County and surrounding areas.

The $140,000 project was officially approved today by the State Building Commission which oversees construction of all public state buildings and structures. In recent years, the Commission’s responsibility has been expanded to include authority over most improvement and demolition projects of property owned by the state.

“This is a worthwhile project for our area that will help increase access to the Elk River’s abundant natural resources,” said Representative Doss. “I am thankful to the State Building Commission and look forward to seeing this project get underway in the near future.”

The Elk River is a tributary of the Tennessee River and runs through both Tennessee and Alabama. In total, the river stretches over 195 miles.

Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) — a member of the State Building Commission — was a strong supporter of this critical project and encouraged the commission to approve the necessary funding.

“Projects like this are vital in preserving and increasing access to some of our state’s most precious natural resources,” said Speaker Harwell. “I am proud of my colleagues for coming together to approve this important funding, and I thank Representative Doss for his dedication to serving the community.”

Barry Doss serves as Chairman of the House Transportation Committee. He lives in Leoma and represents House District 70, which includes all of Giles and the majority of Lawrence Counties. He can be reached by email at Rep.Barry.Doss@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-7476.

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