‘Coming home to Kingston’

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JR Global moving to family farm

Brothers James and Richard Owens have started Phase 1 construction for their Kingston-based manufacturing company facility, JR Global Manufacturing Inc.


The 5,000-square-foot building to be erected at 1221 Gallaher Road by Botkin Construction, will house the precision machining and production operations for the company.

“We are finally coming home to Kingston” said James Owens, company president.  

“We have always planned to build in Kingston, and now that the municipal sewer system is nearly complete, the last obstacle to development has been removed.”

The Owens brothers said the company provides machining, fabrication, assembly, industrial process development and program management services.  

Their customers represent transportation, aerospace, original equipment builders, research and development laboratories, and wireless communication companies.

The company began operation in early 2009 in the former Tennessee National Guard Armory in Harriman, which it had been leasing from the city.

“Having the opportunity start in the city-owned facility was instrumental in the rapid growth that the company is experiencing today,” James Owens said.

He specifically thanked Harriman Mayor Chris Mason, Harriman City Coordinator Bobby Tidwell, Harriman City Council and the city’s residents for their efforts in leasing the property to the company and creating an environment for their success.

The new facility is on a portion of property that was once a part of the Owens family farm, which the brothers’ mother, Imogene, continues to operate.  

JR Global Manufacturing recently entered into a strategic alliance with Atriax Materials to develop and produce advanced light alloy materials.

The company expects to add 30 employees to its staff as components made from these materials transition into production.