A company that was planning a $22 million manufacturing and distribution facility in southeast Davidson County is withdrawing its plans.
New Jersey-based American Standard Brands, which makes bathroom and kitchen fixtures, announced in July that it wanted to open a facility in La Vergne by the end of next year. It was planning to renovate a former Whirlpool building.
As an incentive, Metro Nashville gave the company a five-year property tax break. The incentive package was more conservative than others Metro has doled out, says former councilman Robert Duvall. He says it was a good deal for Metro because American Standard was expecting to bring 600 jobs to the county.
Clint Brewer, head of Tennessee's Department of Economic and Community Development, says he's had a positive relationship with American Standard. As far as he knows, he says, the company's decision to withdraw had nothing to do with the incentive package or its relationship with the state.
"While it's disappointing news, I think it's good to know that the state showed so well and Davidson County showed so well with a company this large," Brewer says.
American Standard's CEO was unavailable for comment, but in a press release, he said the company is planning a business consolidation and needs to focus on its existing operations. He called the state "a welcoming environment for business and industry" and said the company might try again in the future.