Signs posted throughout a Franklin manufacturing facility are in two languages: English and Chin.
The words in Chin are designed for Burmese immigrants, who now make up one-third of all workers at KYB Americas in Franklin. Ten years ago, you’d find no more than 10 Burmese working machines on the factory floor. Now, the company has hired a translator and trainer to help their more than 200 Burmese workers.
Thousands of refugees have fled Burma in recent decades due to military coups, civil wars and political upheaval in the southeast Asian country. More than 100,000 Burmese have immigrated or been granted asylum in the United States, and the southside has become a rapidly growing location for new Burmese entering the U.S.