- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A leader in blow-molded plastic products will locate its new manufacturing and distribution operations in Knox County, a move expected to create 500 jobs.

Gov. Bill Haslam and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd made the announcement about Lifetime Products Inc. on Friday.

Lifetime’s products range from plastic folding tables and chairs, basketball hoops and outdoor sheds to kayaks and paddleboards.

The new facility will produce Lifetime’s water sports line that includes kayaks and paddleboards as well as its outdoor children’s playset line.

The company is investing $115 million in the new facility, which is expected to be operational by 2017.

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