Electric motor and fan manufacturer to create 200 new jobs in the Tri-Cities


WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A German-based company says it is opening its second American location right here in the Tri-Cities region and adding 200 jobs over the next five years.

EBM Papst – based in Germany – announced it will invest $37 million in its new location at the Washington County Industrial Park. This is the largest capital investment in Washington County since 2011.

The company makes motors and fans for a variety of industries.

Here in Washington County it will manufacture fans for refrigerators, air conditions, and ventilation applications.

“They picked Northeast Tennessee, Washington County to begin the next phase or the next chapter,” Tennessee’s Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bob Rolfe said.

The next chapter for EBM Papst is on a 30-acre piece of land that will be able to support a 300,000 square foot facility.

“200 folks that will ultimately be employed here, that translates to spinoff jobs, sales tax, homes being purchased, a lot of people are going to benefit from this and this is a great win for our region,” Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership CEO Mitch Miller said.

Rolfe said EBM Papst looked at multiple cities across multiple states.

“Washington County just had the right combination of the community, and with what they had available for us to work with us,” EBM Papst North America CEO Mark Shiring said.

The company has plans to stay in our region for a long time.

“We needed a site big enough that we could expand over time because again, we want to be in the community for the long run,” Shiring said.

Local and state leaders are excited for what’s to come from this multimillion dollar investment.

“Thank you for taking a chance on us. We intend to live up to it,” Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy said.

Shiring said they plan to hire mostly local employees.

A few employees will be transferring from their other American facility in Connecticut.

Someone from headquarters in Germany will also be working out of Washington County to help start things up.

Shiring said they wanted a large piece of land to be able to expand over time because they want to stay in our area for the long run.

We asked what kind of skills they’re looking for in future employees.

“CNC equipment, we need high technical skills for mechatronics and industrial engineering. We need people that are also able to just put product together and work on lines,” Shiring said.

Shiring told us people can start applying in the next few weeks through the company’s website, as they prepare for their temporary facility to start up in September.

The permanent EBM Papst facility in the Washington County Industrial Park is expected to be ready for workers within the next three years.

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