NASHVILLE, TN — The electronics giant Philips has been in Nashville for a decade. Two years ago it decided to build one of its seven global hubs in Nashville. On Tuesday, company execs were joined by Governor Bill Lee, Lt Gov. Rand McNally, Speaker of the House Glenn Casada (R-Franklin), and Commissioner Bob Rolfe, TN Department of Economic and Community Development to celebrate the opening of Philips Plaza, the Philips Global Business Services hub in Nashville.
It is housed in five floors of a high rise on 414 Union St. in space vacated by Bank of America. Philips gutted the old offices, got rid of all the cubicles, and redesigned their new hub into a series of collaborative work spaces. Work stations have two monitors and specialized equipment depending on their job function. Workers are together in one large space although there are small conference rooms with frosted glass and more privacy located around the center of the hub for specific projects.
The move was made possible by an $11 million grant from the TN Department of Economic and Community Development. There are 700 employees moving into the new digs.
“We are definitely in favor of finding local talent,” said Matt Holland, Human Resources Business Partner. Holland said about 80 percent of Philips Nashville jobs have gone to locals.