Governor Lee, Commissioner McWhorter announce Hardcoat Technologies LLC to expand operations in Knox County

Injection molding company to create nearly 90 new jobs in Knoxville, project represents an investment of more than $6 million

Knoxville – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and Hardcoat Technologies LLC officials announced the company will invest $6.6 million to expand manufacturing operations at its Papermill Drive location in Knoxville.  

Hardcoat Technologies will create 85 new jobs in Knox County as the company locates additional operations adjacent to its headquarters and original injection molding plant. 

“Our state’s strong business climate and highly skilled workforce continue to set Tennessee’s businesses up for success,” said Lee. “I thank Hardcoat Technologies for its decision to expand in Knoxville and create 85 new jobs for Tennesseans.”

As part of this project, Hardcoat Technologies will acquire an existing building and construct a new 23,500-square-foot facility on Papermill Drive. Both operations will support the company’s recent contract with SL Tennessee and, upon completion, will more than double Hardcoat Technologies’ injection molding, warehousing and assembly capabilities.

“Hardcoat Technologies has seen amazing growth in our business since our start in 2014,” said Hardcoat Technologies LLC President Nicholas Steffens. “We look forward to the additional opportunities this building expansion will bring. We appreciate the continued support of our state and local partners.”

Founded in 2014 and headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Hardcoat Technologies specializes in injection molding and hardcoating for the automotive, ATV and industrial markets. Through this project, Hardcoat Technologies will employ more than 130 people in Tennessee. 

Since 2018, TNECD has supported nearly 15 economic development projects in Knox County, resulting in approximately 1,600 job commitments and $135 million in capital investment. 

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