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NASHVILLE, TENN. — Kennedy & Bowden Machine Co. is shifting its production tooling operations from downtown Nashville to an expanded plant in a Nashville suburb.

The 84-year-old company will transfer its operations by September to a new, 26,000-square-foot site at an industrial park in La Vergne, Tenn., said President Raymond Kennedy. Currently, tooling operations are conducted in a 9,000-square-foot space that has become too limited to handle increasing volumes, Kennedy said.

The family-owned mold maker, which has been in its present location since 1929, plans to add computer numerically controlled machining centers and electric discharge machining equipment after the move is completed. The company has 12 CNC machines, three CNC EDM machines, three manual EDM machines and one wire EDM.

The tool shop has 40 employees, including about 20 hired in the past year, Kennedy said.

Kennedy & Bowden specializes in multicavity, medium-sized injection molds for thermoplastic parts used in household goods, electronics and the automotive industry. Sales for 1996 were close to $3 million.