Governor Lee, Commissioner McWhorter Announce Hitachi Zosen Inova USA LLC to Expand Headquarters Operations in Knox County


  • Global renewable energy company to invest nearly $7 million in North American HQ
  • Expansion to create 90 new jobs in Knoxville


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter and Hitachi Zosen Inova USA LLC (HZI USA) announced today the company will invest $6.6 million to expand operations at its Knoxville, Tennessee-based North American headquarters.

HZI USA, which relocated its North American hub from Georgia to Tennessee in 2020, will create 90 new jobs in Knox County.

The additional jobs will support HZI USA’s engineering, procurement and construction projects, as well as its project developments, allowing the company to broaden its footprint and more than triple the number of employees at its Tennessee operations.

Hitachi Zosen Inova is the Swiss-based renewable energy arm of Japan’s Hitachi Zosen Corporation. HZI’s U.S. operations specialize in converting municipal and agriculture waste into clean, renewable electricity, natural gas and hydrogen. Through the expansion, Hitachi Zosen will employ nearly 12,000 worldwide.

Since 2018, TNECD has supported 15 economic development projects in Knox County, resulting in nearly 1,700 job commitments and $142 million in capital investment.