Tennessee Valley Authority creating thousands of jobs at Huntsville megasite

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — A Limestone County property passed over by Volkswagen eight years ago may soon bring thousands of new jobs to the Tennessee Valley.

The Chamber of Commerce joined the Tennessee Valley Authority, City of Huntsville and Limestone County Commission to announce a 1,252-acre site off Powell Road in Huntsville-annexed Limestone County has been officially declared a TVA Megasite.

Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle said attaining TVA certification at the Sewell farmland is a “precursor to success,” allowing the area to compete for large-scale industrial projects from major companies around the world.

“Once we finally got the certification in place, it’s ready to, as I would say, plug and play,” he said. “You can move an industry in here, you can start working and you can expect 2,000 to 4,000 jobs. Each one of those jobs has a job multiplier and has 2.5 more jobs attached to it, so it’s a great thing for economic success of the area.” Check for TVA jobs here.

The property is a short drive from Polaris, which is about to start production at its first Alabama plant on 7049 Greenbrier Parkway N.W. The facility will produce Polaris Ranger products before expanding to Slingshot on-road vehicles.

It is also near the future GE Aviation site, which will consist of two materials factories to service jet engines and land-based gas turbines at the southeast corner of the intersection of Greenbrier Road and Interstate 565 near FedEx. The plant will employ up to 300 workers to mass produce silicon carbide (SiC) materials for ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components.

TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson said the Greenbrier area’s recent track record should make it easy to sell the area to a potential company.

READ MORE of this story at AL.com by Lucy Berry. Photo courtesy of the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce.

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