Hitachi Zosen Inova invests $6.6 million to expand Knoxville headquarters, will bring 90 new jobs to Knox County

Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and Hitachi Zosen Inova USA LLC announced the company is investing $6.6 million to expand operations at its Knoxville headquarters.

Hitachi Zosen Invoa or HZI relocated its North American hub from Georgia to Tennessee in 2020. This expansion will create 90 new jobs in Knox County.

“Tennessee’s business climate and highly skilled workforce offer companies the ideal atmosphere to grow and succeed. I thank HZI USA for its decision to expand in Knox County and create 90 new jobs for East Tennesseans," Lee said.

HZI is the Swiss-based renewable energy arm of Japan's Hitachi Zosen Corporation. The company specializes in converting municipal and agricultural waste into renewable electricity, natural gas and hydrogen.

“HZI USA appreciates the support it has received from the State of Tennessee, Knox County and the City of Knoxville, as well as the chamber’s hard work to help us grow our North American headquarters. The combination of business climate, skilled workforce and quality of life make Knoxville a great investment for our future. HZI USA is excited to deepen Japanese ties to Tennessee and to help reaffirm the State’s worldwide leadership in clean energy," HZI managing director Heath Jones said.

Source: WBIR

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Published November 9, 2022