Gov. Bill Haslam, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, and dozens of local business and political leaders attended a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony of Global Green Lighting's 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility Friday morning.
"I want to thank Global Green Lighting for their investment in Hixson and for bringing their offshore operations back to the U.S., creating quality jobs for Tennesseans," Haslam said, according to a news release. "Earlier this year, we announced an international strategy to increase exports of Tennessee goods, and supporting companies like GGL that are taking their products to the worldwide market will help us in our effort to become the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high-quality jobs."
Global Green Lighting employees design and assemble low-energy lighting control systems.
The products allow an operator to control lighting systems that use smart grid and fiber optic technology via the Internet from up to 35 miles away.
Global Green Lighting's first generation of LED lights and fixtures provides energy savings of up to 75 percent compared to traditional streetlights, according to GGL President and CEO Don Lepard.
The company has a contract with Chattanooga to replace 27,000 lights throughout the entire city.
Prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Haslam and Berke toured the facility with Lepard.
The tour included a lighting demonstration, as well as a tour of the manufacturing lines that were previously operating in China.
"Today marks a major milestone for our company," Lepard said, according to a news release. "GGL has designed, developed, produced and deployed our lighting technology right here in Tennessee. We’ve honored our commitment to bring manufacturing and jobs back to the U.S., and today, GGL is producing lights for Chattanooga in Chattanooga."
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