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August 18, 2013 | Tom Ballard

GGL’s new manufacturing plant opens in Chattanooga

GGLChattanooga’s Global Green Lighting, which has been featured in several posts, held a grand opening for its new 180,000 square foot manufacturing plant on Friday. Attendees included Governor Bill Haslam.

Our last article on Don Lepard and his efforts to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. can be found at

Over the weekend, Lepard told us about the significance of the event and his pride in what GGL has accomplished.

“To see a vision turn into reality and to have the honor of having the mayor of Chattanooga and the Governor of the Great State of Tennessee come to the Grand opening was truly a blessing and a bonus to the new employees whom we have already hired to produce the lights in Chattanooga for Chattanooga,” Lepard said. “The Governor and the Mayor got to see firsthand, and speak to the GGL employees, and to hear their stories of how their new jobs at GGL have meant so much to them.”

Here’s the official GGL news release (Press Release-GGL Grand Opening).

Friday’s celebration also drew great media coverage in Chattanooga.