Three Roots Capital Makes Two New Markets Tax Credit Investments in Rural Manufacturers

Fitzgerald Trailers
Pictured (from left to right): Jeremiah Miller (Upper Cumberland Workforce Connections), Representative Kelly Keisling (District 38, Tennessee House of Representatives), Becky Hull (Upper Cumberland Workforce Connections), Will Hatfield (Truist Bank), Robert Fitzgerald (CEO, Fitzgerald Trailers), Chris Miller (3Roots), Brandon Wright (Sales Manager, Fitzgerald Trailers), and Len Braner (Chief Operating Officer, Fitzgerald Trailers).

In 2023, Three Roots Capital (3Roots) received a $45 million allocation of tax credits from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund’s (CDFI Fund) New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program. With this allocation, 3Roots made two $22.5 million investments in rural manufacturers: Fitzgerald Trailers and Quality Metal Stamping (QMS).

3Roots’ NMTC strategy is to provide flexible, Qualified Low-Income Community Investment (QLICI) loans to manufacturing and office projects that create quality, accessible jobs throughout highly distressed communities in Appalachia and the Delta region. NMTC financing is one tool in 3Roots’ toolbelt for addressing the region’s lack of access to capital and the need for more quality, accessible jobs.

“The NMTC Program is incredibly competitive. Last year, only 102 NMTC applicants nationwide were awarded tax credit allocations. 3Roots is proud to be one of those 102 recipients,” said Chris Miller, Chief Financial Officer at 3Roots. “This investment allows us to better serve rural and low-income communities in our service region. By bolstering available job opportunities, we can help local economies create more high-quality jobs and attract additional capital to communities that need it the most.”

QMS is a fourth-generation family-owned and operated metal components manufacturing company. The company fabricates high-quality metal components and has two production facilities in Henderson and Humboldt, Tennessee.

3Roots’ NMTC support allows QMS to pursue a 20,000-square-foot expansion of its Henderson production space, purchase new manufacturing machinery and equipment, and increase its steel inventory. This project will enable QMS to create an additional 25 full-time positions, help it remain globally competitive, better service existing clients and more easily attract new clients.

“Quality Metal Stamping is thrilled to partner with 3Roots on our first NMTC transaction. They have been easy to work with and certainly understand the strategic alignment between capital providers, companies and the community,” said Colin Serling, Vice President of Strategy at QMS. “With newer equipment, the need to educate our current and future workforce has never been more important. We will continue to invest in education today for our future growth in the years ahead. Manufacturing is in our blood, and there has never been a more important time for this sector to flourish domestically.”

Backed by Fitzgerald USA, Fitzgerald Trailers is a new business that manufactures trailers for the commercial large truck transportation industry. Fitzgerald Trailers will equip two separate facilities to fabricate and assemble up to 2,000 commercial truck trailers annually in Byrdstown, Tennessee, and Tompkinsville, Kentucky.

NMTCs will allow Fitzgerald Trailers to fund its initial startup-up phase and accelerate its business plan by supporting faster access to equipment, purchasing inventory, and working capital deployment. Fitzgerald Trailers will be able to accelerate hiring beyond what it could self-finance, creating 282 jobs.

“The guidance provided by 3Roots made the process quick and efficient, allowing us to stay focused on bringing the product to the market while securing this vital financial support,” said Len Braner, Chief Operations Officer of Fitzgerald Trailers. “Thanks to the funding provided by the NMTC program via 3Roots, Fitzgerald Trailers can accelerate our time-to-market and capital investment for this product portfolio. Additionally, it will allow us to create quality manufacturing jobs in Byrdstown and Tompkinsville.”

“Truist has positively impacted businesses, created jobs and served communities through the New Markets Tax Credit Program since the program was founded,” said Chris Leutzinger, Senior Vice President and New Markets Tax Credit Relationship Manager at Truist Community Capital. “Our collaboration with 3Roots to support Fitzgerald Trailers will invest needed capital into Byrdstown and Tompkinsville, and is another example of how Truist inspires and builds better lives and communities across the regions we serve.”

3Roots is proud to leverage $45 million in NMTCs to help two rural manufacturers in Tennessee and Kentucky. These investments demonstrate 3Roots’ growth and ongoing commitment to pursuing high-impact projects in the Delta Region and Appalachia.

Contact the 3Roots team today to learn how NMTCs could benefit your project.

Three Roots Capital Receives $45 Million Allocation of New Markets Tax Credits

The innovative finance company was one of only two recipients in Tennessee 

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) recently awarded $5 billion in New Markets Tax Credits to 102 Community Development Entities (CDEs) nationwide. Three Roots Capital, an innovative finance company focused on economic and social impacts, is pleased to announce it is one of two recipients in Tennessee to receive $45 million from the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program.

Three Roots Capital seeks to use this allocation of federal tax credits to help finance industrial, manufacturing and commercial office projects in severely distressed regions of Appalachia, including East Tennessee. 

“Receiving this $45 million allocation of NMTCs allows Three Roots Capital to add a powerful tool to our financial toolbox.  Since our founding in 2016, Three Roots Capital has deployed more than $133 million of direct financing and fostered partnerships with 15 banks to better support our regional communities,” said Grady Vanderhoofven, President and Chief Executive Officer of Three Roots Capital. “With these New Market Tax Credits, we will continue this legacy and leverage these credits to create lasting economic and social impacts for years to come.”

About Three Roots Capital 

Three Roots Capital is an innovative finance company that provides loans and equity investments to small businesses and real estate projects in Tennessee and Appalachia. 3Roots was established to address the chronic need for investment capital in central and southern Appalachia. 3Roots supports small businesses, entrepreneurs, real estate projects, and communities in economically challenged areas throughout the region. 3Roots is certified by the U.S. Department of the Treasury as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and as a Community Development Entity (CDE). For more information, visit