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Gov. Bill Lee, La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole and Rutherford County Mayor Bill Ketron talk about Icee relocating its headquarters to La Vergne.

Murfreesboro Daily News Journal

NASHVILLE — Gutterglove will invest $5.4 million to expand its California gutter guard manufacturing operations through a La Vergne factory and distribution center with 85 jobs, the Tennessee government announced. 

“Tennessee’s strength in advanced manufacturing and skilled workforce makes it the perfect location for a company like Gutterglove to expand operations,” Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee said in a press release. “I’m pleased that Gutterglove chose Rutherford County to grow its manufacturing and distribution operations, and thank the company for creating 85 new jobs in La Vergne.”

La Vergne has attracted other companies in recent years, including two Amazon operations that committed to leasing spaces in 2020 for more than 1,000 jobs in the Park 24 industrial development. Park 24 also has an Icee headquarters and distribution center for the soft drink company that relocated in 2019 from California with more than 200 jobs. 

The Gutterglove factory also will be at Park 24 on Mason Road, La Vergne Mayor Jason Cole said.

“I think this is a continued testament to our business friendly policy,” Cole said. “La Vergne’s strength and diversity of workforce continues to attract top companies from around the nation to La Vergne.” 

Gutterglove CEO: Company ‘is about people’

Gutterglove will improve a new building to add administrative offices and team member facilities, according to the press release from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

“Our focus at TNECD is to create valuable opportunities for our residents and for businesses looking to locate or expand,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “We continue to successfully recruit West Coast-based companies choosing to operate in Tennessee, and it is because of our state’s pro-business climate, skilled workforce and exceptional quality of life. Gutterglove is a welcome addition to our manufacturing sector, and we wish them great success in Rutherford County.”

In addition, Gutterglove will build out manufacturing, shipping and receiving, and inventory holding spaces. As part of the expansion, Gutterglove will relocate some machinery from its current West Coast manufacturing facility to Tennessee to replicate a portion of current capacity in the new location, as well as invest heavily in new state-of-the-art machinery to expand its manufacturing capabilities.

”At its core, Gutterglove is about people,” Matt Smith, the CEO of Gutterglove, said in the press release. “We operate behind this philosophy that ‘What Matters to You Matters to Us.’ It drives all of our interactions with our customers, partners, and team members, and we’re excited to bring this philosophy to Tennessee. Our new team members there will make it even easier for us to fulfill our purpose to ‘Guard What Matters Most’; keep our promise to ‘Do It Right. Do It Once’; and achieve our vision to ‘Guard Every Gutter on Every Home in North America.’”

Sen. White, Rep. Sparks tout Gutterglove 

Headquartered in Roseville, Calif., Gutterglove produces patented gutter guard systems that are designed, assembled and packaged in the United States. The company began as a gutter cleaning business in 1996, and, after seeing a need for more reliable gutter systems, incorporated in 2000.

Gutterglove serves consumers through major retailers and professional installers. Its do-it-yourself product is available across the country from retailers including Costco, Sam’s Club, The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Amazon and Walmart. The company’s contractor-grade product can be installed by any of the professionals participating in Gutterglove’s proprietary DoneRight program, which supports a vast network of local installers around the nation and connects them with interested homeowners.

The press release also included comments from state Sen. Dawn White, R-Murfreesboro, and state Rep. Mike Sparks, R-Smyrna.

“We are pleased to welcome these 85 new jobs to Rutherford County from Gutterglove,” White said. “Companies everywhere are realizing Tennessee is a great place for business growth due to our business friendly environment of low taxes, less regulation and an incredible workforce. I am grateful for the work of local and state officials who helped facilitate this expansion and look forward to the bright future ahead for Gutterglove in Rutherford County.”

“I’m very proud to welcome Gutterglove to La Vergne,” Sparks said. “Many factors drive business location decisions – availability of land, excellent schools, talent of the workforce, and quality of life – Rutherford County offers all of these amenities and more. This investment demonstrates our state’s commitment to creating a business-friendly environment with high-quality jobs. I thank Gutterglove for their investment and wish them success for many years to come.”

Reach reporter Scott Broden at sbroden@dnj.com or 615-278-5158. Follow him on Twitter @ScottBroden.

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