Kaiser Aluminum, a $1.8 billion, publicly traded corporation, will relocate its corporate headquarters from Foothill Ranch, California, to Franklin, the company announced Thursday.
As part of the relocation, the company will invest approximately $3 million and create 80 jobs as it transitions and expands corporate functions to its new office space located at 1550 W. McEwen Drive in Franklin.
“Companies around the world see the benefits of doing business in Tennessee, and we are proud to welcome Kaiser Aluminum to the growing list of companies relocating from California to Tennessee,” Gov. Bill Lee said. “Kaiser will be an excellent addition to the economic landscape in Williamson County, and I thank the company for this new investment and job creation in Tennessee.”
Kaiser Aluminum is a leading producer of semi-fabricated specialty aluminum products, serving customers worldwide with highly engineered solutions for aerospace and high-strength packaging, general engineering, custom automotive and other industrial applications.
“Kaiser Aluminum has been a long-term employer in Tennessee through our Tennalum facility in Jackson and more recently with our new sales office in Knoxville,” Kaiser Aluminum President and CEO Keith A. Harvey said. “We look forward to expanding our presence in Tennessee as we relocate and transition our corporate headquarters to Franklin. Williamson County provides the benefit of a corporate friendly business environment and access to a highly talented workforce that fits well with Kaiser Aluminum’s corporate value of being a preferred employer and a great place to work. We thank the economic and community development team for their commitment and support.”
Kaiser Aluminum employs approximately 3,700 people and operates 14 production facilities across North America. Engineers, metallurgists and technicians work collaboratively to produce complex flat-rolled (plate, sheet and coil), extruded (rod, bar, hollows and shapes), drawn (rod, bar, pipe, tube and wire) and certain cast aluminum products.
In addition, the company has dedicated research and development Centers for Excellence focused on product performance, enhancement and process elimination.
"We are very excited about Kaiser Aluminum's decision to locate here and appreciate all the work done to help secure these jobs,” state Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R-Franklin) said. “Williamson County has an advantageous economic environment, a highly skilled workforce, an unmatched work ethic and an incredible quality of life that is a plus for any company looking for a premium location. We look forward to seeing much success from Kaiser Aluminum in the future.”
Over the last five years, TNECD has supported nearly 30 economic development projects in Williamson County, resulting in more than 4,000 job commitments and $382 million in capital investment.
“When a company chooses to relocate its headquarters and C-suite executives to Tennessee, it speaks volumes to our state’s pro-business climate and highly skilled workforce,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “We appreciate Kaiser Aluminum for bringing its global corporate headquarters to Franklin from California, which will provide support to its manufacturing operations across North America, including its Jackson, Tennessee location.”
“Tennessee continues to be a top choice for companies looking to relocate or establish advanced manufacturing facilities, and our talented workforce makes Williamson County an exceptional choice,” state Rep. Brandon Ogles (R-Franklin) added. “We are proud to partner with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development as we work together to continue to make Tennessee the best place in the nation to live and work.”