“This is great news,” said Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter on Wednesday. Coming so soon after the completion of the expansion of Parkdale manufacturing plant and job creation by other local businesses in the past year, it means well over 130 new jobs have been created in the past year.
“We are fortunate to have Star LED deciding to locate here,” Potter said. The company is locating in a 55,500-square-foot spec building in the Johnson County Industrial Park. “They are investing $1 million of their own money.”
Bob Rolfe, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development said the company is Green Applications, doing business as Star LED “I’d like to thank Star LED for its decision to invest in Mountain City,” Rolfe said “in Tennessee, we’ve established a business-friendly environment that encourages companies to put capital at risk and create jobs for our residents. The creation of 50 new jobs will have a considerable impact on Johnson County’s economy and put more income in the pockets of Tennesseans.”
Potter said Star LED specializes in LED lighting for warehouses, airplane hangars and other large applications, Those old types of lighting really used a lot of energy, so this is the way modern businesses that use a lot of lighting are going,” Potter said.
Potter was also pleased that Star’s commitment includes building a 5,000 square-foot addition to the original building to be used for space for a showroom, research and development and other needs.
Star’s executives expressed satisfaction with the move to Johnson County.
"Our organization and brand is primed for growth and market penetration. A facility in Mountain City furthers Star LED’s strategy for expansion in the United States while supporting our strategic partners efficiently,” Star LED CEO Charlie Blanco said. “Our presence here in Mountain City will enable Star LED to be ever more responsive to our partners’ and clients’ immediate needs by providing superior grade LED lights for any application and unparalleled service throughout our clients’ experience with us.”
"By having the ability to assemble our product in the U.S., allows us to ensure that product quality is second to none against all of our competitors,” Star LED Chairman Garry Garoni. “Manufacturing that is re-shored allows for better employment rates and better global economies. People feel patriotic when they support the U.S. economy and create jobs for American workers, which is important to Star LED. People also want to know that the product is safe and the quality is superior in the market place, which is something we can guarantee and control with our facility.”
The company’s global endeavor is to “supply the highest quality LED lighting to the world, contribute to the community with each bulb sold, be an environmentally conscious manufacturer.”