Sunday, October 26, 2008

Leviton to open Lebanon center

Electrical and wiring devices maker Leviton Manufacturing Co. will open a distribution center in Lebanon in February, bringing 150 jobs to the area.

The Little Neck, N.Y.-based firm plans to occupy a 450,000-square-foot building at the intersection of Highway 109 and State Route 840, the economic development arm of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce said Friday.

Leviton is the latest company to list the Nashville area's central location among reasons for locating or expanding operations here.

"At the end of the day, Wilson County distinguished itself as the right match for our needs," said the company's Chief Executive Donald Hendler. Leviton received a state incentive package for infrastructure improvements and plans to seek concessions on Wilson County personal property taxes, said G.C.Hixson, director of the Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board.

The new center will be one of Leviton's two U.S. warehouse and distribution hubs; it will handle shipments to customers east of the Mississippi River. Leviton sells products such as lighting controls and wall outlets to distributors, manufacturers and retailers.

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