The Best Growth Going.
The Nashville Star, a sleek commuter train, provides immediate access to downtown Nashville is just one fast-moving element of Wilson County’s logistical portfolio. These days, this well-rounded, well-grounded county is reaching for the sky.
Come aboard Tennessee’s third-fastest growing county and take in the view:
The Nashville SuperSpeedway outside Lebanon in Wilson County is revving up with a new owner, and that’s appropriate for a county on the move everywhere you look. Rail service was established here in 2006 for both industrial customers and commuters to downtown Nashville, and today the first logistically oriented residential development offers quality homes within walking distance of a train stop.
Multi-modal momentum: Of course, the county’s immediate access to four major interstates and bypasses—I-40, I-65 I-24, and the TN-840 bypass— means highway transit also remains a go-to option. And with the Nashville International Airport only 15 minutes away, and with the respected Baker School for Aeronautics opening its doors adjacent to the well-appointed Lebanon Municipal Airport, Wilson County is ready to take your operation as far and as high as you want to go. Small wonder the county was named one of the nation’s “most logistics friendly” locations. There’s no slowing down in Tennessee’s third-fastest growing county. Recently, Under Armour chose to open 1 million sq. ft. Distribution Center, in part because of Wilson County's logistical advantages. The facility will bring 1,500 new jobs and is anticipated to begin operations January 2016.
Industry taking off: Wilson logistics are also powering more expansions in key economic sectors, transforming the county into an industrial hub. The numbers tell the story: In 2013, Amazon opened its 1.2 million-sq.ft. Fulfillment Center, even as Wilson was able to announce over 1.7 million square feet of additional manufacturing, warehousing and distribution facilities. Other new facilities include a Starbucks Distribution Center, CEVA Logistics Center, SO.F.TER headquarters and production facility and Hollister’s Logistics Center, with Care Line, Inc. purchasing an existing manufacturing facility for repurposing. All together, the expansion represents over 1,100 full-time jobs (including 275 professional positions), plus 400 to 500 seasonal jobs.
Vital connections: While transit connections are key to the county’s economic and industrial competitiveness, human connections are fundamental to Wilson’s national recognition as “most livable small community.” In Lebanon, Mount Juliet and Watertown, as well as smaller communities, Wilson County sustains a special quality and character of life, particularly through the meticulous and creative preservation of historic architecture.
Multiple listings: Andrew Jackson once owned a shop on Lebanon’s historic downtown square; today, the square is still thriving as a Commercial District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In fact, the county boasts an impressive number of buildings and homes listed on the National Register, and adaptive reuse has allowed continued enjoyment of structures dating back to the 1700s. In fact, even several of the county’s working farms date back that far as well.
Targeting tomorrow: While Wilson County nurtures its historical roots, the county’s aim is squarely on tomorrow. The county’s agricultural heritage, for example, has been parlayed into an annual County Fair that draws over a half a million visitors. And with four new high school facilities built in barely over a dozen years, and the historic Cumberland University continuing to educate and graduate the leaders of tomorrow, Wilson County is moving forward with competence and confidence.
The right menu: The Cracker Barrel restaurant chain was founded in Wilson County, and its Corporate Headquarters and a Distribution Center remain here—a fitting exemplar in a county where people enjoy gathering for a good time, whether at the county’s two lakes, two state parks, multiple golf courses, or hiking and biking trails. Wilson County has a full menu of work-life-play options.
Bottom line: Reaching out, reaching up, reaching back to preserve a storied past, Wilson County is providing opportunity in every direction.
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