News Review
Haslam, McMillan welcome battery maker
ATLAS BX to build first U.S. plant in Clarksville
Posted Date: 4/4/2018

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – As Gov. Bill Haslam, Mayor Kim McMillan and other state and local officials noted, Wednesday was another great day for the City of Clarksville and Montgomery County.

ATLASBX Co., LTD announced that the company will build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Clarksville. The global automotive battery manufacturer will invest $75 million and create approximately 200 jobs in Montgomery County.

“We are proud to welcome ATLAS BX to our state and thank the company for choosing Clarksville,” Haslam said. “Our central location and business-friendly environment continue to make Tennessee the perfect place for manufacturing companies. I appreciate ATLAS BX for creating approximately 200 high-quality jobs.”

Clarksville Mayor Kim McMillan welcomed the company, and stressed how the community’s economic development efforts are improving the lives of local citizens.

“I appreciate ATLAS BX's choice of Clarksville and welcome them to our community,” Mayor McMillan said. “Once again, we have attracted a new industry, which shows that our high-quality workforce and strong quality of life make Clarksville a great place to do business.

“That ATLASBX is a South Korean firm, and joins Hankook Tire and LG as companies from that nation who have chosen Clarksville, makes us proud that our community continues to impress South Korea's industrial leaders. We look forward to a long, prosperous partnership between ATLAS BX and the City of Clarksville.”

ATLAS BX produces batteries for traditional passenger cars, light trucks, electric vehicles, commercial vehicles, boats and recreational vehicles. The 74-year-old company currently operates two manufacturing plants in South Korea, where it has its global headquarters.

ATLAS BX is a sister company of Hankook Tire, which opened its tire manufacturing plant in Clarksville in October 2017.

“Tennessee is known for its intelligent, hard-working population,” Ho Youl Pae, CEO of ATLAS BX CO., LTD said. “Clarksville’s thriving economy and skilled workforce appealed to our company and led to this decision, which we believe will allow our company to experience significant growth.”

ATLAS BX’s new manufacturing facility is scheduled for completion by 2020. The company will produce approximately 2.4 million batteries per year at the Clarksville facility.

In her remarks at the announcement ceremony, Mayor McMillan said the real beauty of the world-class economic development taking place in Clarksville is the substantial positive impact it has on the community’s citizens.

“Each time we announce a major new employer, I always think about our fellow citizens, the people who have put their faith in us to work for a better Clarksville,” Mayor McMillan said.

“I see the faces of the workers who will be proud to have a good job at ATLAS BX in Clarksville. I see their children, settled in a home with a breadwinner who has a promising job with a good company, making a high-quality and necessary product right here in their hometown. I see continued support of high-quality schools, and I see a growing marketplace.”

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Mayor Kim McMillan welcomes ATLAS BX CEO Ho Youl Pae to Clarksville.

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Gov. Bill Haslam and state and local leaders join ATLAS B CEO Ho Youl Pae after an announcement that ATLAS BX will build a $75 million battery manufacturing plant in Clarksville.