Blount County’s largest bank is bringing jobs back to Maryville.
First Tennessee announced on Wednesday, June 30, plans to begin in-house management of its computer technology infrastructure, which will bring 65 information technology jobs to a bank-staffed Maryville data center that has been sitting empty in Blount Industrial Park.
The technology infrastructure will include all servers and mainframe. The 65 jobs will be staffed in the next three to 18 months.
The data center function is presently contracted to an independent IT service provider. In addition, technology purchasing and remote check capture employees will be relocated to the data center site from their current Knoxville locations. At full capacity, a total of 110 employees will work from the Maryville center including new and relocated employees.
“We are delighted to resume operations at our Blount Industrial Park facility and to bring new jobs to Blount County,” said Greg Wilson, First Tennessee-Maryville regional president. “It is a significant development to have this building return to use and bring more spending power to Blount County.”
The project has received support from the Blount Chamber, Blount Economic Development Board, City of Maryville and Blount County government.
“I’m proud to be a part of First Tennessee’s announcement,” said Fred Forster, president and CEO of Blount Partnership. “The 65 new jobs are positive signs that the Blount County economy is turning around. Blount County government, city officials and the economic development board have been working with the leadership of First Tennessee for the past year in helping them occupy this facility, and I’m pleased to see it come to fruition.”
First Tennessee’s roots in Blount County trace back to 1885, when the Bank of Maryville obtained its charter. The bank’s Maryville headquarters moved to the corner of Cusick Street and Broadway in 1932, and this location remains First Tennessee’s main office in Maryville today. The Bank of Maryville was subsequently merged into First Tennessee Bank on April 30, 1983.
“We’re thrilled to have one of Maryville’s oldest businesses in a position to increase their presence in our community,” said Maryville City Manager Greg McClain. “The First Tennessee team continues to be leaders in our community, and the bank is a model corporate citizen statewide.”
First Tennessee is the largest bank in Blount County, according to the latest deposit market share report from the FDIC, with more than 22 percent of the market share in the county as of June 30, 2009.
First Tennessee is placing increased emphasis on information technology enhancements as part of the company’s corporate strategy. The new data center is part of that process.
“The desire to serve our customers better than any other bank is what’s driving us to bring our technology management back inside the company,” said Bruce Livesay, executive vice president and chief information officer for First Horizon National Corp., the parent company of First Tennessee. “We’ll be able to more quickly respond to our customers’ needs and the changes that are required of banks that want to compete in today’s dynamic marketplace.”