- Associated Press - Friday, January 24, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Officials say Colgate-Palmolive is building an oral care products manufacturing plant in Hamblen County, adding 75 jobs in the process.

In a news release, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says the company will invest $25 million in manufacturing equipment and building and infrastructure improvements in Morristown.

Officials say Colgate-Palmolive plans to build a stand-alone facility adjacent to its current Colgate Total toothpaste plant, which located to Morristown in 2008.

The facility will make products sold to dental professionals through the company’s Colgate Oral Pharmaceuticals business. Construction will begin this year, with occupancy slated for early 2015 and full employment by later that year.

The company says the majority of jobs will be dedicated to line operators and mechanical, electrical and warehouse workers.

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