Nippon Paint USA invests $61 million to bring new jobs to Chattanooga

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke and Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger announced Monday that 150 new jobs will be created in the Scenic City by Nippon Paint USA. (Image: WTVC)

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced Monday that 150 new jobs will be created in the Scenic City by Nippon Paint USA. Nippon Paint said they will build a LEED-certified site on 29 acres of the former Harriet Tubman public housing site. The plant will produce automotive paint and coatings. The company said they plan to invest $61 million into the development, bringing jobs to the East Chattanooga area over the next five to seven years. Nippon Paint said the average hourly wage for their workers will be $15 to $17 an hour. According to Mayor Berke, this is the first major economic development in that area since 1917.

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