Editorial: Quality Solutions Group announcement welcome news indeed

May. 01, 2013 @ 11:44 PM

Sevier County may never be known for its manufacturing and non-tourism jobs, so when a local company expands and adds positions, it is worth celebrating. Business service provider Quality Solutions Group announced Monday that it will be adding jobs and space and making a large capital investment.

The company will invest $1.5 million. It will hire 25 additional workers and almost double in size, adding 34,000 square feet to the existing 38,000-square-foot facility in the John L. Marshall Technology Park off Pittman Center Road.

“They have had continued success and they needed to add on to their existing facility,” said David Wear, assistant director, Sevier County Economic Development Council. “It’s going to allow for them to pick up more contracts for their services. They’re doing it to get new business.”

The group provides warehousing, quality inspection, packaging and fulfillment to the military and to the automotive and medical industries. The company also provides businesses with lean manufacturing, custom-built crates and pallets, dunnage washing and more. Allen Newton, executive director of the economic development council, said construction of the additional space is just a few weeks away from completion. Once it’s finished, the company will conduct light manufacturing in the new space.

“QSG decided to expand our current building instead of going out of state because Tennessee has been very business-friendly and the workforce is excellent,” company president Tom Burns said. “We have been able to expand the business because of the opportunities in this growing area and with the help of the business communities around eastern Tennessee.”

Sevier County offers thousands of jobs in the service industry to support our tourism operations, but jobs in other sectors can be hard to find. An expansion like this gives hope to local residents, particularly young people, that they can find good paying jobs in the private sector without having to leave their hometown.