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Governor Taking Business Recruiting Trip To Europe

Posted at 12:04 PM, Jun 22, 2017

Governor Bill Haslam has planned to head to Europe next week to try to recruit more foreign investment in Tennessee.

Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe have planned to visit the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Finland, and Germany. They’re scheduled to leave on Monday and return June 30.

More than 500 European businesses have been operating in Tennessee, employing about 62,000 people. More than $3.8 billion has been invested in the state by European companies since 2011.

The most recent major European investment was announced by Finland's Nokian Tyres, which has planned to build a $360 million plant in Dayton and hire at least 400 workers.

Haslam traveled in 2016 to Germany, Ireland, South Korea, China, and Japan.