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California-based automated equipment manufacturer JC Ford Company announced on Thursday that the company will move its operations to Maury County, a $30 million investment that could yield 210 jobs.

Founded nearly 80 years ago, JC Ford produces high-speed corn tortilla production equipment as well as tortilla chip production lines. It works with companies such as Frito-Lay, General Mills and Tyson Foods.

The investment will involve two buildings dedicated to manufacturing and a third split between manufacturing, management and research and development. The two manufacturing structures are expected to be operational in six months, with the facility to be located near Route 43 and Oakland Parkway.

Bob Rolfe, Tennessee Department of Economic Development commissioner, called the wages of the 210 future jobs "exceptional," noting the average pay will be about $23 an hour.

Rolfe said JC Ford was offered incentives to relocate, adding that that the specifics will be made public in three weeks.

The $30 million investment comes on the heels of the announcement of a planned General Motors battery plant — a $2.3 billion investment and the single largest of its kind in the state's history (read more here).

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