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Snap-on to expand Tennessee manufacturing plant

by | Feb 20, 2024

Snap-on recently announced that they will invest $44 million to expand their manufacturing operations in Elizabethton, Tennessee, according to a press release from the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development. This investment will add nearly 49,000 square feet of manufacturing space and new equipment to their existing Elizabethton facility and add 50 new jobs to increase their total staff at this location to 500. Brigit Correa, Snap-on Manager, Communications & Marketing, said the expansion is expected to be completed in March 2024.

See all that tire mounting compound? Getting sloppy here also helps when trying to index the valve stem; a slippery tire can just be held while the table spins to the correct spot.
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Correa further commented, “We generally make in the markets where we sell, and Snap-on has been committed to American manufacturing since its founding in 1920. Within the United States, we have thirteen manufacturing locations with capacity expansions at four of those, including Elkmont, AL, Algona, IA, Elizabethton, TN, and Milwaukee, WI. Additionally, our primary cause as a company is the upskilling of the American workforce around manufacturing and career and technical education (CTE). We are dedicated to elevating and expanding the makers and fixers who are essential to America’s past, present, and future. We further this important cause through our partnerships with SkillsUSA, the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3), the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), and many others.”

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