Brookdale Senior Living, which is under agreement to merge with Emeritus Senior Living, announced today via its local Tennessee government that it will be expanding substantially in its Nashville-area headquarters.
The corporate expansion will include a $2.1 million investment and the addition of 162 new jobs over the next five years, the company says. Its employment base in Nashville will bring the headquarters to more than double what it was five years ago, CEO Andy Smith said. That includes the addition of former Emeritus employees who will transition to Brookdale headquarters after the merger, the company confirmed.
“In 2009, Brookdale employed less than 200 corporate associates at our Brentwood location and we’ve grown over the years to what will be more than 500 people,” Smith said. “Our corporate team here is focused on supporting our communities across the country so residents receive outstanding services and care every day. We look forward to bringing on board even more associates who have a passion for serving seniors and supporting our communities.”
Further, Brookdale noted it is leasing an additional 28,000 square feet of office space to accommodate growth post-merger with Emeritus.
Local officials welcomed the expansion and job creation—from Brentwood’s mayor to Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty.
“As the nation’s leading owner and operator of senior living communities, I welcome Brookdale‘s expansion in Tennessee and their decision to continue investing in Williamson County,” Hagerty said. “Tennessee consistently ranks among the top five states for doing business, a recognition we strive toward in our efforts to encourage incumbent business expansion as well as winning new investment. I appreciate Brookdale’s vote of confidence in our workforce and the additional jobs they will create for Middle Tennesseans.”
New jobs created through the expansion will include those spanning perational support, marketing, financial analysis, and information technology, both to support Brookdale’s communities nationwide, including the 25 located in Tennessee.
The merger with Emeritus is expected to close in the third quarter of 2014.
Written by Elizabeth Ecker