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Blake Farmer / WPLN

The neighbors have fielded questions for months as the five-story steel and glass structure rose out of the ground.

"What is that?"

"We just reply that it's a car vending machine," says Anje Clay, who works at the import auto shop next door.

Chas Sisk / WPLN

A Chinese pillow and mattress maker is moving into the former Whirlpool plant in La Vergne.

Hong Kong-based Sinomax announced Tuesday that it'll spend $28 million to convert the manufacturing facility on Hennessy Drive. The company plans to employ 350 people, starting in June.

The plant is the company's first in the United States. The factory will slash the cost to ship its bulky products, says Sinomax USA president Frank Chen.

Anna Haas / Redharefoto

It’s early on a Tuesday night at the Tin Angel on West End, well before any dinner rush. The candles are lit, the white linen napkins are folded, and Heather Malm is bringing a bottle of pinot noir to her first table of the night.

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.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Bureau

Nashville’s tourism officials have two more accolades to show off.

Travel site Lonely Planet ranked Nashville as one of the top 10 cities to visit next year — and it was the only U.S. destination to make the list. TripAdvisor says Nashville grew in popularity among international travelers by nearly 40 percent.

Emily Siner / WPLN

A program Tuesday night to teach high school girls an important life skill drew extra attention from a Hollywood star: Reese Witherspoon. She was in town for the grand opening of her new retail store location in Nashville. She presented a couple hundred girls, most of them from public schools in Nashville, with advice about being wise with money.

TN Photo Services

If Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam opposed the UAW’s organizing at Volkswagen last year, now — in his view — the timing is even worse. The United Auto Workers union has scheduled an official NLRB election next week for a group of 164 skilled maintenance workers.

Bridgestone Americas

Bridgestone’s purchase of the struggling Pep Boys auto store chain almost certainly means job growth for Nashville, where Bridgestone Americas is based. The $835 million deal would likely result in the relocation of the Pep Boys headquarters, which is in Philadelphia.

Drew Leavy via Flickr

Nearly $8 billion wasn’t enough to convince one Tennessee health care company to merge with another this week. 

Nashville-based Amsurg made the offer to TeamHealth, a company based in Knoxville. TeamHealth's specialty is physician outsourcing — hiring and managing doctors for hospitals — while Amsurg is in a different line of work: It owns hundreds of surgical centers across the country.

Nissan USA

As the auto industry continues to grow in Tennessee and other southern states, Nashville is emerging as a business hub. The city is playing host to a growing number of industry gatherings.

This week it’s the Southern Automotive Conference. Last week, 150 senior leaders of Nissan, Toyota, General Motors and others spent a day in a corner of the Music City Center with bankers and analysts looking at what’s on the horizon.

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