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Microporous breaks ground on $20M Piney Flats expansion

Hank Hayes • Jun 13, 2018 at 6:00 PM

PINEY FLATS —  Battery separator producer Microporous — the first business to locate in the Tri-County Industrial Park in 1971 — broke ground Wednesday on an expected $20 million expansion that will add 36 employees to its 134-member workforce.

Representatives of all three Tri-Cities Chambers of Commerce plus a number of regional business leaders turned up for the event to lend support for the project expected to take place over the next 12-18 months.

“It’s really impressive to see the large number of people that have showed an interest in our company,” Microporous President and CEO Jean-Luc Koch said at the event.

Microporous’ largest customer, said Chief Financial Officer C. Ed Feaster, is Trojan Battery, which makes batteries for golf carts.

Feaster did not disclose the amount of Sullivan County’s or the state of Tennessee’s investment in the 40,000-square-foot expansion for production at the company’s world headquarters.

“The county has been fantastic,” he told reporters. “The state of Tennessee, and the development corporations, the people we’ve talked to … it’s not about the money, really, it’s about the other types (of support). They jumped in right from the beginning. … Everybody wants us to succeed.”

NETWORKS — Sullivan Partnership and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development assisted in the project.

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