Krystal Cowan/Macon County Times Racoe Inc., located at 327 College St. in Red Boiling Springs, could see 200 new jobs in September pending a contract to manufacture Border Patrol uniforms at the facility.

Krystal Cowan/Macon County Times

Racoe Inc., located at 327 College St. in Red Boiling Springs, could see 200 new jobs in September pending a contract to manufacture Border Patrol uniforms at the facility.

Red Boiling Springs is likely to see 200 new jobs through Racoe, Inc., by September according to Red Boiling Springs Mayor Joel Coe, a move that would offset the 43 job losses the city faced when its Nestle Water plant closed in December.

The city is currently in talks with VF Workwear to begin manufacturing Border Patrol uniforms for the Department of Homeland Security. New jobs generated could include machine operators and supervisor positions.

"You're talking about tax revenue for the city coming in when you have a draw like that," Coe said. "If you have 200 jobs here, where are people going to eat lunch at? Where will they stop in the morning to buy their sausage biscuit or fill up their gas tank?"

Coe said Red Boiling Springs' historic hotels are a comparable draw and estimated that 100 tourists visit during their events.

"I don't have an exact number for the money that brings in," Coe said. "But (when we receive our revenue), we can tell it makes an impact when people come in over the weekend for what these hotels are doing."

VF Workwear currently manufactures in Mexico. Coe has been lobbying for years to have production moved to the U.S. by putting them under the Berry Amendment, which requires the Department of Defense to procure certain products domestically.

"I've got a good friend in Congress (Rep. James Comer of Kentucky) who's been helping me with it," Coe said. "I've also talked to Rep. John Rose (who represents Tennessee's 6th congressional district), and he's been a tremendous help."

Racoe currently manufactures uniforms for multiple branches of the U.S. military, including the Army, Navy and Air Force. Coe has also produced uniforms for the Afghan Border Police (ABP).

"One of the things I told Congress was that if I'm good enough to make uniforms for ABP, I figure I'm good enough to make uniforms for the border patrol agents here," Coe said. "I see this as a positive, not just for everybody in the city but for Macon County and the U.S. government."