Released on Wed, Mar 09, 2011 - 11:16 am under Economic and Community Development
JVC, Viam, Oyama Chemical Develop New Company
$32 Million Investment, 70 New Jobs
NASHVILLE, TN. — Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagertyalong with Ryuji Matsumoto, president of VIAM Manufacturing Inc., announced plans today to locate VICAM in Manchester, Tenn. The company is a newly formed subsidiary of leading nonwoven materials producer Japan Vilene Company (JVC) to be managed by VIAM Manufacturing and utilize technology developed by Oyama Chemical. VICAM will build a facility for the production of a polyester-based carpet fiber that is expected to open in January 2012, and represents an investment of $32 million and 70 new jobs when all phases of construction are complete.
“I welcome VICAM to Tennessee and thank JVC, VIAM Manufacturing and Oyama Chemical for their confidence in our state’s business friendly climate and high-quality workforce,” said Governor Haslam. “Japan has long been Tennessee’s largest foreign investor nation, and we are particularly grateful for the growing presence of Japanese companies in the Volunteer State and the investment and jobs they bring.”
VICAM’s new Manchester facility will produce polyethylene terephthalate (PET) stable carpet fiber by recycling PET clear bottles, using Oyama Chemical’s fiber technology. The carpet fiber will then be used in headliner, seat backs and door panels in the automotive industry.
“Governor Haslam and I are focused on how we can best retain and grow jobs in Tennessee, and VICAM’s new facility will certainly help us further that goal,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “It is a testament to Tennessee and Coffee County’s attractiveness to business when companies with an established presence in our state like VIAM Manufacturing help create new jobs and encourage new ventures.”
The plant will be located on a 12-acre site that will house a 44,000 square foot facility with the capability for a future expansion of 120,000 square feet. Future expansion plans include supplying PET stable carpet fiber to VIAM Manufacturing in their manufacture of automotive floor mats. As a producer of high quality, custom design floor, trunk and cargo mats, VIAM is a supplier for many of the big automotive companies, including Nissan North America, Inc.
“I couldn’t be more pleased VICAM has chosen to make this investment in Coffee County,” said Coffee County Mayor David Pennington. “VIAM Manufacturing has a strong reputation for quality and reliability within the automotive industry, and VICAM will be creating good quality jobs for our community.”
“The success of this project is a testament to the strong working relationship between our Industrial Board, the city of Manchester, Coffee County and the state of Tennessee,” said Bill Comer, chairman, Industrial Board of Coffee County. “I believe VICAM will be a strong addition to our growing roster of corporate citizens.”
JVC was established in 1960 in Japan and has become a world leader in nonwoven products. The company expanded its operation into North American in 1983 with the establishment of VIAM Manufacturing Inc. in Santa Fe Springs, Calif., and then VIAM Tennessee in Manchester in 1999. In 2008, VIAM’s Manchester location became the headquarters for VIAM North America, a leader in automotive floor mats and interior products.