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Ballad, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, SCC launch new regional initiative

Representatives from Ballad Health, Speedway Children's Charities and Niswonger Children's Hospital announced a new regional initiative called STRONG Kids last Wednesday in Bristol. From left, BMS vice-president Julie Bennett, Speedway Children's Charities director Claudia Byrd, Balla Health vice-president Paula Masters and Niswonger Children's Hospital CEO Lisa Carter. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie, Ne ...

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Washington County, Tenn., wooing German HVAC manufacturer

Alicia Summers Photo by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson Economic developers in Washington County, Tenn., are hoping to lure a German company that manufactures fans, motors and other components for the heating and air conditioning units in the automotive and other sectors. The county is competing with one other location in Tennessee and one site in Texas for the business, according to Alicia Summers of th ...

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Aundrea Wilcox earns economic developer certification

Aundrea Wilcox Aundrea Wilcox, CEcD, Executive Director of The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), at the Kingsport Chamber, earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.  The CEcD exam ...

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American now booking TRI-DFW passage for September flights

Above: TRI Executive Director Gene Cossey announces new service to DFW. American Airlines is now selling seats on the recently announced twice-daily flights between Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) and Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW). Those flights begin Sept.4, 2019. The TRI-DFW flights were announced by Gene Cossey, TRI executive director April 11. The airline began booking passage April 15. “Our passengers will now have ...

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Women in Manufacturing seminar focuses on challenges, opportunities

Above: Carolyn Powers, IPN Packaging; Carol Blankenship, ABB Bland; Christa Glassburn, PBE Group. Back row: Megan Pack, Woodgrain Millworks; Nichole Manz-Young, Northeast State. Photo by Earl Neikirk. By Scott Robertson When the Women in Manufacturing seminar at the Bristol Train Station got underway March 28, one of the first references made by any speaker was to Rosie the Riveter, the World War II era ima ...

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Inaugural Regional Business Excellence Awards

By Dave Ongie You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone with as much faith in the future as Ballad Health Chief Experience Officer Tom Tull, who served as the keynote speaker of the inaugural Regional Business Excellence Awards luncheon at the Millennium Center. “I’ve never passed up on an opportunity to get excited about something,” said Tull. “It really is a brand new day for our region.” Neil Poland, chair of ...

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Anita’s breaks ground on 40,000-square-foot Kingsport plant expansion

Above: Ricardo Alvarez and Jim Street at the Anita’s groundbreaking March 29 When the building that currently houses Anita’s Snack Foods in Kingsport opened under the ownership of Pure Foods back in 2015, much was made of the fact that it was built to accommodate expansion easily. Today, Anita’s is putting that feature to good use. The company hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking March 29 to announce its plan ...

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