There was a time when Timothy J. Knox felt like his La Vergne-based battery charger business couldn't be competitive without using some metal components made in China. No longer.
Knox, the chief executive officer of Pro Charging Systems LLC, made a commitment to use Tennessee companies to make the metal enclosures needed for some of its battery chargers.
Pro Charging Systems manufactures chargers for everything from golf carts and electric signs to helicopters and yachts. While it's been a common practice among many American companies to rely on overseas firms for metal manufacturing and fitting work, Knox felt strongly about the need to support other domestic businesses.
Knox said it's simply "not true" to assume that American firms aren't capable of competing successfully with foreign companies for manufacturing jobs. In fact, with improved technology and design changes, Knox said his company is able to produce chargers with manufacturing done by in-state businesses that produce a 20 to 25 percent improvement in battery life.
"We've now become very competitive with China," Knox said. "It's all about jobs. It's about keeping our country competitive. We believe manufacturing is the backbone of our economy."
Pro Charging Systems is one of the companies featured in this month's Tennessee Business Spotlight, a regular feature found on the Secretary of State's web page. This month's theme is: "ReShoring: Bringing Jobs Back to Tennessee."
Tennessee Business Spotlight showcases some of the state's businesses that create jobs, produce quality products and give back to their local communities.
"I am proud of Tennessee companies that make the choice to use American workers, particularly those in our own state, whenever possible," Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. "These companies are trying to live the motto of 'doing well while doing good.' Their investments are important for the state and national economy."
In addition to Pro Charging Systems, the other businesses featured this month are:
People visiting the Tennessee Business Spotlight web page can learn about the selected companies' goods and services, operations, employment figures, photos and links to web and social media sites that can provide additional information. To visit Tennessee Business Spotlight, go to www.spotlight.tnsos.net.
To nominate a company to be featured in Tennessee Business Spotlight, please visit the web site and click on the "Submit a Business" link or call (615) 253-8800.