(from left) Knox County Commissioner Carson Dailey; the Development Corporation of Knox County Board Chair Jim Nichols; Jamie Stitt, assistant commissioner of business and workforce development for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development; Rhonda Rice Clayton, executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber; Todd Napier, president & CEO of the Development Corporation of Knox County; Scapa Healthcare COO John Petreanu; Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett; Mike Edwards, president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber; Eric Springer, global finance director for Scapa Healthcare; Samuel Hatcher, vice president of operations for Scapa Healthcare; and Tom Wortham, senior vice president of architecture and business development for The Hollingsworth Companies.

BY: JESSICA GUTMAN

Scapa Healthcare, a leading global manufacturer of bonding products and adhesive components for the healthcare and industrial markets, broke ground on its new manufacturing facility in Hardin Business Park on March 22. Representing a $31 million capital investment, the new operation is expected to create more than 100 new jobs in Knox County over the next five years.

Scapa Healthcare is a global strategic outsource partner of skin-friendly, turn-key solutions for the healthcare industry. With production sites in Europe, Asia and North America, the company partners with market leaders to design, develop, manufacture and commercialize innovative medical device products.

“We are excited to increase our footprint in Knox County to meet increased market demand,” said Joe Davin, president of Scapa Healthcare. “We look forward to continuing to make a positive impact on this community as we continue promoting job creation in the region.”

The new facility allows Scapa Healthcare to support its growing business and consolidate its current Knoxville operations into one location.

“Scapa Healthcare’s new 152,480 square-foot facility will be a state-of-the-art medical device facility with the ability to expand to 250,000 square feet to accommodate future growth,” said Tom Mann, senior vice president of industrial real estate for The Hollingsworth Companies. “We have been impressed with the expertise of the Scapa management team and the Development Corporation of Knox County to develop and gain approval of this project so it could be delivered on such a short timeline.”

Speakers for the day’s ceremony included Rhonda Rice Clayton, executive vice president of the Knoxville Chamber; Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett; The Development Corporation of Knox County Board Chair Jim Nichols; Tom Wortham, senior vice president of architecture and business development for The Hollingsworth Companies; Scapa Healthcare COO John Petreanu; Eric Springer, global finance director for Scapa Healthcare; and Mike Edwards, president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber.

“The Development Corporation of Knox County (TDC) is honored to have played a part in helping a great company like Scapa Healthcare make the decision to remain and grow its operations here in Knox County,” said Todd Napier, president and CEO of TDC. “When the local community and private industry are able to work together toward common interests, it creates win-win situations like this one.”

“We are thrilled that global companies like Scapa Healthcare see the value in doing business in East Tennessee,” said Doug Lawyer, vice president of economic development for the Knoxville Chamber. “The choice to reinvest in Knox County reinforces that our region is a tremendous place to locate, operate and grow.”