Dura-Line, a communication and energy infrastructure manufacturer, is opening a new manufacturing facility and research and development center in Clinton, investing more than $25 million and creating 70 new jobs, state officials said Tuesday. The jobs will include engineering, research and development, and manufacturing jobs.
The announcement was made Tuesday by Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Dura-Line officials.
The 86,800-square-foot Clinton facility will function as a research and development, or R&D, center for new techniques for making high-density polyethylene, or HDPE, conduit products used by the telecommunications industry to house fiber optic cable. Dura-Line will conduct research and development that will help the company grow its business worldwide and will also manufacture select high-technology products at the Clinton location.
Dura-Line’s headquarters have been in Knoxville since 1982.
“We’re thrilled to expand our East Tennessee footprint and tap into the skilled local workforce to operate this unique facility,” Dura-Line CEO Paresh Chari said. “New products, techniques and materials developed at the Clinton facility will be cascaded to the Dura-Line manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and overseas.”
A press release said Dura-Line is the leading international manufacturer and distributer of communication and energy infrastructure products and systems including conduit, cable-in-conduit, pipe, and accessories. Dura-Line products provide for protection and fast, safe installation of communication networks, power cables, and pressure pipe for a wide array of markets, the press release said. The company has 20 manufacturing facilities in the U.S., Mexico, India, Oman, Europe, and South Africa.
“I want to thank Dura-Line for choosing to open a new facility in Anderson County,” Boyd said. “When companies choose to grow their business in our state, it reinforces our commitment to aligning the training and education of Tennessee’s workforce with specialized job opportunities for employers like Dura-Line. It is rewarding to see Dura-Line’s continued success and growth.”
Dura-Line is now looking to fill positions. Those interested can apply in person Monday through Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at 1355 Carden Farm Drive in Clinton.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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