Pilot.Com, Inc. to locate account management headquarters in Nashville; Mitsubishi to open operations in Franklin

Mitsubishi Motors North America will relocate its corporate headquarters from Cypress, California to Franklin, Tennessee.

Pilot.com plans to create more than 450 new jobs in the Nashville area over the next 5 years. The company was founded in San Francisco in 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Pilot.com, Inc. officials announced on Tuesday that the company will locate its new account management headquarters in Nashville, which will be the company’s second location. The software-based bookkeeping company plans to create more than 450 new jobs in Davidson County.

Pilot.com, Inc., founded in 2017 in San Francisco, provides a bookkeeping solution for startups and small businesses. The company specializes in freeing up founders and CEOs of companies from the process of keeping their company’s books by providing software-based bookkeeping and customer support services to its customers.

Located in Nashville’s Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood, Pilot.com’s new office will house its finance operations and customer support teams. The company also plans on growing its base of software engineers at the facility.

Pilot.com attributed its decision to locate in Nashville to the city’s growing tech and startup scene coupled with a strong group of accounting professionals stemming from the city’s accounting and financial management schools.

“Nashville’s economy continues to grow and diversify. Pilot.com’s decision to bring in more than 450 jobs in our city is a testament to our business-friendly environment and high quality of life,” said Mayor David Briley. “Today also highlights Nashville’s growing tech sector. Our city is becoming increasingly well-positioned for the economy of the future, and I am committed to making sure our workforce is ready to meet that challenge.”

“I am excited about the job opportunities Pilot.com will bring to Nashville,” said Representative Harold Love, Jr. “This is a reminder that our investments in K-12 and higher education will continue to attract companies that will need an educated and trained workforce.”

Since 2015, TNECD has supported nearly 70 projects in Davidson County, resulting in the creation of more than 21,000 new jobs and approximately $2 billion in capital investment.

On the same day, Mitsubishi Motors North America announced that the automaker will relocate its headquarters to Franklin, Tenn. from Cypress, Calif.

Mitsubishi Motors’ move represents an investment in the county of $18.25 million and brings approximately 200 jobs to Williamson County.

“The reputation of Tennessee’s business climate and skilled workforce has attracted countless world-class businesses to our state,” said Governor Bill Lee. “Over the years, Tennessee has become the epicenter of the Southeast’s thriving automotive sector, and I’m proud Mitsubishi Motors will call Franklin its U.S. home and bring 200 high-quality jobs to Middle Tennessee.”

Since 1988, Mitsubishi Motors North America has been rooted in California. The relocation to Franklin will begin in August and be completed by the end of 2019. All departments will be relocating, including sales, marketing, IT, human resources, communications, parts and services, product planning, dealer operations, finance and legal.

Initially, Mitsubishi Motors will transfer operations to a temporary office in Franklin. Beyond that, the company is working with commercial real estate firm Jones Lang LaSalle to identify permanent offices.

The move is part of an ongoing plan to reinvent every aspect of Mitsubishi Motors in the U.S., from corporate leadership to dealer partners to every touchpoint in a customer’s relationship. It will sharpen the company’s focus on future growth and innovation.

Mitsubishi Motors’ move highlights efforts taken across the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance to bring the companies closer together in key areas, including procurement, development and cost efficiencies. The choice of Franklin brings Mitsubishi Motors closer to its sister company, Nissan, which has its North American headquarters in Williamson County.

Headquarters jobs have grown by 37 percent in Tennessee, the fastest rate of growth among states in the Southeast.