Tennessee Central Economic Authority Helps Bring 150 New Jobs to Macon County
Oct 16 2020

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Babynov USA officials announced today that Babynov USA will establish its first U.S. production facility in Red Boiling Springs. Tennessee Central was excited to work with Larry Spinneli at Binswanger and Jeff Counsel to bring this significant foreign direct investment to the Middle Tennessee community.

"The Tennessee Central Team also appreciates the assistance from the State of Tennessee's Department of ECD, TVA’s Economic Development, Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association (MTIDA) and the Upper Cumberland Development District working with BABYNOV USA, says TCEA Executive Director, Charly Lyons. "A special thanks to Bruno Romand-Monnlier and his team for their dedication to making Red Boilings Springs their North American home," he concluded.

Babynov USA will invest approximately $44.9 million and create 147 jobs in Macon County, and it is a new division of Global Baby, a French organic baby food manufacturer. The company will renovate an existing facility in Red Boiling Springs in order to expand its market to the United States.

“Babynov USA felt very welcome in Tennessee, and we believe we found a place where our business will thrive. The feedback on the engagement and reliability of the people of Tennessee motivated us to settle here. We now look forward to building our team and thank Tennessee government for its continuous support," says Babynov USA CEO Bruno Romand-Monnier.

Founded in 1999, Global Baby provides ready-to-feed baby milks and prepared food products, such as fruit and vegetable purees, full meals and milk-based desserts. The group is headquartered in Paris, France. The Macon County facility will be the company’s first in North America.

Tennessee is home to more than 1,000 foreign-owned establishments that employ approximately 150,000 Tennesseans. France is among the top 10 countries for foreign direct investment in Tennessee, with French companies employing more than 11,000 people at nearly 90 establishments across the state.

TCEA owns a 500 acre industrial Park in Hartsville Tennessee and in the past 12 months has helped bring new industries to their region, as well as, facilitate expansions for existing companies. These efforts are projecting over 500 new jobs by 2024.