The operation of Republic Doors and Frames in McKenzie plans to invest $4.5 million and create 70 new jobs within the next five years.

The expansion was announced Nov. 14 by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

The company is located in the Henry County portion of McKenzie, just off State Highway 22 at the intersection of the McKenzie-Como Highway.

The industry has been operating in McKenzie since 1976 and was acquired by Allegion in January 2017.

Allegion manufactures hollow metal doors and frames at the McKenzie facility, complementing its Steelcraft® brand and core business in the Americas. 

“These new jobs indicate the continued growth and success of Republic as a key part of the Allegion Americas portfolio,” Allegion Senior Vice President and President of the Americas Tim Eckersley said.

“We’re excited to expand here and embrace Republic’s long-standing history as a McKenzie employer of choice.”

 With this investment, Allegion’s Republic Doors & Frames facility will be updating and modifying equipment to expand production capabilities.

 “Nearly 80 percent of the growth in a community comes from retention and expansion of existing organizations,” McKenzie Industrial Development Executive Director Frank Tate said. “With this new development at Allegion, we are excited to see the company reinvesting in the facility and bringing more jobs to the community. Allegion has been a great partner for our region, and we are pleased they chose to reinvest in West Tennessee's workforce.”

 Allegion (NYSE: ALLE) is a global pioneer in safety and security, with leading brands like CISA®, Interflex®, LCN®, Schlage®, SimonsVoss® and Von Duprin®. Focusing on security around the door and adjacent areas, Allegion produces a range of solutions for homes, businesses, schools and other institutions.

Allegion is a $2.2 billion company, with products sold in almost 130 countries.

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