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VCEDA: Sykes acquisition of Frontier Secure will not affect VCEDA loan payment

Photo above: Officials with Frontier Secure, the Wise County IDA and the Virginia Coalfields Economic Development Authority pose with a $5.6 million check last June in Wise. Photo by Tim Cox Photo/Graphics By Scott Robertson Sykes Enterprises acquisition of Frontier Secure, formerly a division of Frontier Communications, will not affect the repayment of the $5.6 million Virginia Coalfield Economic Developme ...

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Micronic Technologies creating a ripple effect in Southwest Virginia’s workforce

Photo above: The Micronic Technologies team The second in a series of articles by the United Way of Southwest Virginia Necessity is the mother of invention, and fewer needs are greater than the need for clean water. That need inspired Karen Sorber and her husband Kelly Rock to start Micronic Technologies in 2008. Sorber said, “In 2007, a year prior to marrying my husband, I was in Peru on a humanitarian vis ...

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Writer’s legacy isn’t what it should be, and it’s our fault

By Scott Robertson I noticed something unusual during Memorial Day lunch. On the TV in the corner of the restaurant, ESPN was running a “breaking news” crawl in the holiday baseball game, and giving credit to another media outlet for the story. There were a couple of things unusual about that. First, ESPN is infamous in media circles for stealing other people’s stories and attributing the news to “sources.” ...

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Frontier Secure’s sale to SYKES will not affect VCEDA loan payments: Belcher

Officials with Frontier Secure, VCEDA and the Wise County IDA pose with a $5.6 million check, June 29, 2016. Thursday, May 25, 4:30 p.m. – The anticipated sale of Frontier Communications’ subsidiary Frontier Secure to Sykes Enterprises will not affect the repayment of a $5.6 million Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority loan that had paved the way for Frontier Secure to open its Wise, Va., facil ...

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Brimhall to occupy Pure Foods building, produce snack foods

Photo: It’s out with the Pure Foods chickpea cheezpuffs and in with the Brim’s pork rinds in Kingsport. By Scott Robertson Brimhall Foods, Inc., of Bartlett, Tenn., won a March 7 auction to acquire the assets of Kingsport, Tenn.-based Pure Foods. The maker of the Brim’s brand of snack foods will occupy the building in the Gateway Commerce Park near the intersection of Interstates 81 and 26, employing the re ...

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Aggressive approach: Bobby Rolfe wants to keep the good times rolling

Photo: Bobby Rolfe addresses the crowd at a town hall meeting in Kingsport March 15. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Economic development in Tennessee is on a roll, and the new man heading up the state’s efforts in that regard says he’s not about to do anything to slow that trend. Former investment banker Bob Rolfe (he introduces himself as Bobby) told a crowd of economic developers, elected off ...

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Kingsport 100 Magazine

The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia is excited to partner with the City of Kingsport to publish a commemorative edition celebrating Kingsport 100, a look back at the businesses and people that have made Kingsport a great place to live, work and play for 100 years! View this special edition by clicking here. Download a PDF version by clicking here. ...

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Exide commits to return 40+ jobs to Bristol

Exide Technologies has announced plans to resume operations in Bristol, Tenn., where it was once a leading employer. The company said in a press release it has submitted the necessary paperwork to restart operations with around 40 new employees in September. The company said it plans to add additional shifts based on demand. 
 Rumors of the resumption of operations had been flying with reports of the compan ...

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Kingsport Centennial Publication

Coming March 2017! The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia is excited for the opportunity to partner with the City of Kingsport to publish a commemorative edition celebrating Kingsport100, an historical look back at the businesses and people that have made Kingsport a great place to live, work and play for 100 years! The glossy, color, magazine style publication will highlight Kingsport histor ...

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Mullican Flooring To Expand Johnson City Operations

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Mullican Flooring officials announced today the flooring manufacturer will invest $15 million to expand its Johnson City operations and create 200 new jobs during the next five years. Mullican Flooring, which ranks among the nation’s top five hardwood flooring producers, is acquiring a 126,000 sq ...

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