Jobs added for the construction of Tennessee chemical plant

A chemical manufacturer recently announced an increase in the amount of construction jobs that will be needed for the construction of its new Tennessee plant.

US Nitrogen LLC, which is a recently formed subsidiary of Austin Powder, Inc., will more than double the number of construction workers needed to build the plant in Greene County. In February the company had initially announced that it would hire 125 workers to build the facility, which will produce ammonium nitrate solution.

"They have revised their original numbers and will now hire 300 construction workers," said Tom Ferguson, president and CEO of the Greene County Partnership. "In addition, the capital investment increase will result in several million additional dollars being pumped into the local economy. That's great economic development news for our region of East Tennessee. It's a further vote of confidence and a real boost for the local workforce."

According to a press release, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty had welcomed the construction of the plant during a February press conference.

The annual payroll of the facility is estimated to be $4 million.