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April 22, 2024 | Tom Ballard

Greenheck to create 440 new jobs, invest $300 million in Knox County campus

The new campus will be the fourth for one of Wisconsin's largest privately owned manufacturers.

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter, and Greenheck Group officials announced yesterday that the company will construct its fourth corporate campus with Knoxville as the newest location, taking all of the Midway Business Park in East Knox County.

With the project, Greenheck Group will create 440 new jobs and invest $300 million in Knox County initially with room for future growth. The corporate campus will include manufacturing and warehousing facilities as well as a main office and dedicated space for training and research and development.

“This is one of the largest economic development projects in Knox County’s history in terms of both land and capital investment,” said Doug Lawyer, the Knoxville Chamber’s Vice President of Economic Development. “The Greenheck team has been amazing to work with from the beginning, and I believe the positive relationship we have built is indicative of how they treat everyone they encounter. We are fortunate that we have landed a company that values mutually beneficial partnerships and has every intent of giving back to its community by creating transformational new opportunities.”

Greenheck Group, based in Schofield, WI, was founded in 1947, and has grown to be one of Wisconsin’s largest privately owned manufacturers. The company specializes in manufacturing industrial ventilation equipment, which can be found in schools, malls, office spaces and industrial plants. Today, Greenheck Group employs more than 5,000 people across its operations in the U.S., Mexico and India.

“Knoxville’s innovative spirit aligns with the values our founders, the Greenheck brothers, established more than 75 years ago,” said Rich Totzke, Chief Executive Officer. “Our investment in this new campus supports our unwavering commitment to our customers, our team members and the communities in which we are blessed to be part of. We couldn’t be more excited to become part of the vibrant Knoxville community, which provides not only strategic proximity to our customers, but also talented people, outstanding community partners and a welcoming culture.”

When they started their business as a tiny sheet metal shop, Founders Bob and Bernie Greenheck promoted a business philosophy based on two main concepts — continuous improvement and the determination to be the easiest company to do business with. That approach drove the company’s growth to become a global leader in the air movement, control, and conditioning industry.

Greenheck’s products are available in the U.S. and Canada through a network of manufacturer’s reps. The company also has representatives in the following countries: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brunei, Caribbean, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Emirates, Guam, Guatemala, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Lebanon, México, Oman, Pakistan, Panamá, Perú, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand, The Philippines, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Venezuela, and Vietnam.

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