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Mt. Juliet announces new businesses, more jobs

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While Wilson County will get 300 more jobs with Washington, D.C.-based Optoro tech company on East Gate Blvd. in Lebanon, Mt. Juliet's city manager revealed Mt. Juliet proper will see two new business and many more jobs as well.

Optoro held a ribbon cutting Wednesday on their 300,000-square-foot facility and a spokesperson said their company will work with manufacturers' returned products and extra inventory.

In Mt. Juliet, however, for two years people wondered what would fill the vacated Ruby Tuesday restaurant space. On Wednesday Mt. Juliet Manager Kenneth Martin told The Wilson Post that Fortune 200 company DaVita has purchased the property and has been working on the building.

"DaVita is one of the country's largest kidney care companies," Martin said. "I know some people were hoping another restaurant would emerge there, but it just really isn't the greatest location for a restaurant. I think it's fabulous DaVita will take a restaurant space and turn it into a Class A business with opportunity for jobs."

The space is about 6,500-square-feet, and the build out will be finished in about three months, Martin said. DaVita provides a complete range of dialysis treatments and support services for patients living with chronic kidney failure. Its corporate headquarters are in Denver.

Along the same lines, a plasma company is slated for a business space near Children's Clinic East in the heart of Mt. Juliet.

Martin said another Fortune 200 company has chosen Mt. Juliet. Powerex manufacturing company is one of the country's leaders in pure air technology, oil-less med air compressors and pumps. It will be located on Mundy Memorial Parkway.

"This company will bring about 200 jobs to Mt. Juliet," Martin said. "We are booming in both residential and business. We are in talks with multiple entities."

Martin noted when a city brings in highly trained employees with Fortune companies, those employees will live, work, shop and play in this city.

Writer Laurie Everett can be reached at

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