Simpson Industry Soars

By Heath Myrick | 

To-Yo Automotive Parts (USA) celebrated its' grand opening, bringing dozens of new jobs to the area. The company which manufactures car parts for companies such as Toyota and Nissan, was the first company to commit to Simpson County's new industrial park. The park is located just off of I-65 and will have more than 350 available acres.

Governor Patton was on-hand for an announcement at Franklin Precision Industries, which hopes to add nearly 50 additional jobs at its' operations. State officials credit the county's success to planning and an aggressive marketing campaign.

In addition, two other industries have announced that they'll be expanding their current facilities. Outokumpo will see a $6.5 million expansion, while Cagles-Keystone Foods will add 8,500 square feet to the existing plant.

With the opening and expansion of industry, Franklin residents are seeing a number of other businesses setting up shop.

Construction crews have just begun work on the county's fifth antique mall. Owner, Riley Bright, says he's creating an antique business with a twist. The first phase of the project is scheduled to open in approximately six weeks. When completed, the new antique mall will be the state's largest.