500-Plus High-Quality Jobs to Locate in SoBro’s Ragland Building
NASHVILLE, TN – Mayor Karl Dean was joined today by Sean McKinless, Senior Vice President, Global Operations at Asurion, to announce the technology company plans to expand in Davidson County and locate in excess of 500 jobs in the Ragland Building at the corner of Second Avenue South and Korean Veterans Boulevard.
Asurion will keep its corporate headquarters at Grassmere Park in Nashville and establish a technology products office in SoBro’s Ragland Building to support growth in its headquarter and North America operations.
“I am grateful to Asurion for its continued investment in Davidson County and am especially pleased that it plans to bring a large number of high-quality jobs to the SoBro area,” Dean said. “This area south of downtown is fast becoming a dynamic part of our city with new development spurred by the under-construction Music City Center and the Korean Veterans Boulevard extension. Asurion’s expansion not only speaks to the vitality of that part of Nashville but to our overall strength and vibrancy as a city.”
In December, 2010, Asurion announced a five-year plan that would keep the company’s corporate headquarters in Davidson County and add 500 jobs to its Tennessee workforce of 2,400. Since then, the company has already added more than 200 jobs.
“We are excited to have found a space solution and environment that is reflective of the Asurion culture,” McKinless said. “The revitalization of the SoBro area certainly creates a desirable, creative location for our Technology Products associates. We expect to have technology associates occupying the facility by the fall of this year. This location will help the company achieve organizational efficiencies within its teams and across our other Davidson County locations.”
Asurion will occupy the 92,000-square-foot “green” building that was designed to achieve LEED Gold certification for Core and Shell from the U.S. Green Building Council. Dean and McKinless made the announcement this morning at the fi ve-story Ragland Building, a 1930s building that originally housed a wholesale grocery distribution business.
Asurion relocated its corporate headquarters from California to Nashville in 2003 with a plan to create 600 jobs. The company originally began with a business model focused on providing roadside rescue services to stranded motorists, then expanded into insuring, recovering and repairing mobile phones and home electronics. Today, those services are provided to more than 95 million customers around the world.
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