With the hope of bringing jobs to Franklin, the mayor took a chance and sent letters to firearms makers on the East Coast.
The letters asked the companies to consider relocating to Franklin because of anti-gun legislation in their states. Those efforts are not typically what Mayor Joe McGuinness does and didn’t bring new companies here. He often works with local companies, such as through infrastructure projects, to try to get them to expand here.
Last year, Mitsubushi Heavy Industries Climate Control began building a 10,000-square-foot addition to its Franklin facility and purchased about $7.3 million in new equipment, and then later in the year decided to add 24,000 square feet more to the project. That shows economic development is happening in Johnson County, he said.