Tullahoma's robust fiber optic network and communications infrastructure was a key reason that EnableComp LLC, which will process medical insurance claims, picked the city, said Thom Robinson, executive director of the Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corp.
"We've got some of the best there is with the fiber optic capabilities we have," he said, also citing Chattanooga's high-speed internet. "We can offer gig service and more to anyplace in our city."
EnableComp is a full-service processor of complex medical claims, serving more than 800 health care providers across 39 states, according to the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Founded in 2000, EnableComp currently has about 240 employees at its headquarters in Franklin.
The company processes 180,000 claims annually and uses clinical expertise, data-driven analytics, managed-care and proprietary technology to achieve results for its clients, according to the state.
EnableComp President and CEO David Jones said Tullahoma is perfectly situated to be another "center of operational excellence" for the business.
"We want to be the employer of choice in Coffee County," he said.
Coffee County Mayor Gary Cordell, too, cited the fiber optic service, adding that there are discussions about a potential new call center from another company.
"They've got outstanding service," he said about Tullahoma's fiber optics, adding that EnableComp will be one of the city's larger employers.
Robinson said the building at 1400 Cedar Lane that EnableComp will occupy is about 10,000 square feet in size and centrally located.
"It's close to everything," he said, adding there is more adjacent space opening up should EnableComp want to expand its footprint in the future.
Robinson termed the structure "nice and fairly new." While some money will go into remodeling the space, most is going into equipment, he said.
The economic development official said the city didn't offer incentives, but he believes the state may have provided some for workforce training.
State Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe said Middle Tennessee is a hub of health care innovation, with more than 250,000 Tennesseans working in the industry across the greater Nashville region.
"I'm pleased to see one of our home-grown businesses, EnableComp, move forward with this considerable expansion in Coffee County," he said.
Anticipating the grand opening of the new facility in September, the company will host a career fair on Aug. 21 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Northgate Mall in Tullahoma.
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