Get to Know JR Automation Nashville

Posted: August 23, 2023

At JR Automation, we have over 2,000 talented employees spread out between 21 locations around the United States, Singapore, and France. Each location has its own set of capabilities, unique aspects or specialty areas, and people that make them stand out from the other JR Automation locations.  

Get an insider’s look at our Nashville, Tennessee facilities and the people who make things happen!  

About JR Automation Nashville 

501 Airpark Commerce Drive and 1520 Elm Hill Pike in Nashville, TN  

Who: 209 talented employees  

Manufacturing space: There is a total of 225,000 sq. ft. of production space across both Nashville, TN facilities 

A Unique History of Automation Capabilities 

The JR Automation Nashville facilities have a unique history of experience in the medical and carbon fiber industries. While fully capable of handling any automation challenge, the Nashville team has extended knowledge working with large medical and carbon fiber manufacturers on a long-standing basis. 

Within the medical industry alone, JR Automation Nashville has installed over $100M worth of work at a large medical manufacturer. Their knowledge of the GAMP5 process, required documentation, and FDA validation offers tremendous guidance and support to customers who are navigating through these processes. In honor of their work with a large medical manufacturer, the JR Automation team in Nashville was awarded the 2022 Hitachi Inspiration of the Year Global Award for Innovation.  
Additionally, the team has over 20 years of carbon fiber experience through work in technical fibers and web production automation. To support this work, the Nashville team includes two special roles: a Process Engineer and a Composite Engineer. A process engineer handles calculations with thermal analysis, FEA, and flow analysis, while the composite engineer supports emerging markets of low-cost carbon fiber and composite production. In support of the team’s carbon fiber experience, JR Automation Nashville has installed more than $100M to an aerospace carbon fiber industry customer. 

“The diversity of the customer base and the high level of engineering required in these industries makes a strong pride for all of the work that we do out of JR Automation Nashville,” said Christian Wells, Mechanical Engineering Manager. 

Our People Make Us Who We Are 

People are what make JR Automation a special and positive workplace. Our team in Nashville, TN lives out our core values through many special team outings. From enjoying a river cruise and dinner together, to building a softball team, to participating in community cleanups, there are many ways for employees to get involved.   

In addition to fun team outings, the team is also committed to helping each other gain knowledge and experience. Sean Lee, a Composites Engineer in Nashville, has been with JR Automation for more than three years and enjoys the people he gets to work with every day.  

“I have been lucky to work with such an experienced group that has helped tremendously with my development as an engineer and a professional,” Sean said. “There is a large emphasis on teamwork at our location, and any time I have needed assistance with a project or task, someone has been happy to lend their experience. In turn, I now find myself in a position where I can assist others with the skillsets I have developed.” 

Courtney Jarrard, a Senior Mechanical Engineer, and Mechanical Engineer Group Lead in Nashville said, “There is a lot of industry knowledge and people with lots of experience.  Everyone is willing to share their knowledge and experience.” 

JR Automation’s Commitment to Learning and Engagement 

Helping our team members feel valued and engaged in their roles is a top priority. JR Automation works hard to provide training and mentorship opportunities to encourage a more fulfilling career for JR Automation employees. With the support of leadership, our team in Nashville promotes teamwork and training to create opportunities for career advancement.  

 “Beyond standard safety and procedural training, there are a number of specific training programs available to employees to develop their skills,” Sean said. “On the mechanical/process engineering side, I have personally enrolled in and completed courses for SolidWorks and B31.3 Process Piping. Both have helped me greatly in developing my engineering skillsets. Apart from training, I greatly appreciate the regular one-on-one mentoring meetings with my manager. These meetings are a good opportunity to check-in with your manager, receive constructive feedback, and discuss topics including career development, coaching on projects, etc.” 

Courtney shared that Nashville’s team of mechanical engineers has a special meeting weekly to keep their team on the same page. The weekly meeting provides everyone with the chance to bring up something they have learned, or a situation they came across. It is also an opportunity to share recent technology.  

With over 40 years of automation experience, we are uniquely positioned to help you with your next automation project. Schedule a tour today to learn more about JR Automation in Nashville, TN.