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Trousdale County

Architecture for Industry.


A rapidly changing market? Shifting attitudes toward alternative energy? That’s nothing new in Trousdale County, where a national retreat from nuclear power was transformed into a powerful advancement for industry.


Here’s the story:

On a cold November day in 1862, Trousdale County made history when Confederate forces launched a surprise attack on the Union encampment at the Battle of Hartsville. Though the Confederates won the day, taking approximately 1,300 Union soldiers prisoner, the cause was lost. Over a century later, in 1982, another sort of battle took place in Hartsville, when the conflict over nuclear energy resulted in the shutdown of the Tennessee Valley Authority’s construction of what would have become the world’s largest nuclear reactor.

Conflict gives way to opportunity, and a new alliance is born: Ironically, with global warming heating up as an issue, today the cause of nuclear energy is finding champions all across the globe. And in Hartsville, shutting down the nuclear construction simply opened a new door to development opportunity, as Trousdale and the four other surrounding counties—Wilson, Sumner, Smith and Macon—came together to form an innovative alliance to purchase the abandoned construction site, which eventually became the PowerCom Industrial Site, today certified as Deal Ready.

Ready for the future: While PowerCom is Deal Ready, it is also work-ready, thanks to a potent labor pool, skills honed by the twenty-first century training programs of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT), also located in Hartsville. While the school’s setting, on a 20-acre valley near the historic Cumberland River and Old Hickory Lake, is as serenely beautiful and bucolic as it was a century ago, make no mistake: these students have their focus firmly fastened on the future, engaged in cutting-edge training in a range of tech programs.

Historic gems, timeless treasures: The TCAT setting is just one example of the way past and future co-exist easily and harmoniously in Trousdale County. This small county, the smallest in the state, is a true historic gem, boasting multiple historic sites and structures, including several Civil War battlefields, a living history museum, and a restored depot where a historic museum features artifacts of the county’s founding in the late 1700s by settlers migrating on the Avery Trace. Elsewhere in the county, parts of the 6,000-acre Old Hickory Wildlife Management Area offer up a place, and an experience, in which time seems eternal.

Building on solid ground: In Trousdale, history isn’t the only foundation for growth, thanks to forward-thinking policies like a metro government for Hartsville/Trousdale County, and a progressive school system that’s earned the designation as one of Tennessee’s “Exemplary School Districts.” And today, progress accelerates with ARC Automotive bringing new jobs, and joining companies like Mueller Refrigeration Products where more than 170 employees are manufacturing state-of-the-art commercial refrigeration components.

Bottom line: A small county that thinks big, a county rooted in history but ready for tomorrow, Trousdale is the kind of place that seizes opportunity—and shares it.



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