November 2018 Edition

November 2018 Edition

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McCord honored by Leadership Kingsport

McCord honored by Leadership Kingsport

The Kingsport Chamber’s Leadership Kingsport program is proud to honor business leader and community volunteer CeeGee McCord as the newest recipient of the Distinguished Leadership ...

Bristol2040 visioning process underway

Bristol2040 visioning process underway

The Bristol Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol2040 Steering Committee, together with partners in government, education, healthcare and business have embarked upon a long-term stra ...

Washington, Sullivan mayors form joint task force to promote cooperation

Washington, Sullivan mayors form joint task force to promote cooperation

Above: Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy and Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable (Contributed) Noting the successful joint local government management of Tri-Cities Airport and ...

Centerra awarded security contract at Nuclear Fuel Services

Centerra awarded security contract at Nuclear Fuel Services

(Photo contributed) Constellis, a leading provider of operational support and risk management services, announced on Tuesday that Centerra (a Constellis company) has been selected ...

Tusculum, Northeast State reach agreement on dual admission program

Tusculum, Northeast State reach agreement on dual admission program

Northeast State Community College President James D. King, center left, and Dr. James Hurley, Tusculum University’s president, center right, sign a dual enrollment agreement during ...

Ballad Health opens new hospital in Erwin

Ballad Health opens new hospital in Erwin

A view from behind the stage shows the crowd gathered to celebrate the ribbon cutting that preceded the opening of Unicoi County Memorial Hospital last Monday in Erwin. (Photo cont ...

When it comes to health care reform, we’re all frogs – and scorpions

By Jeff Keeling A recent news release from a lobbying group for health insurance companies regarding the proposed Mountain States Health Alliance-Wellmont Health System merger brought to my mind the fable of the frog and the scorpion. In the story, a scorpion and a frog encounter each other on a stream bank. The scorpion asks the frog to carry him across the stream on his back, since he can’t swim. The frog ...

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See our full December 2015 issue with 40 under Forty here

Click the cover photo below to read our entire December issue. It includes this year's class of 40 under Forty recipients, a talk with the financial folks at Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance about their 2015 financials and the effects of health care reform, the top stories of 2015 and much more.  ...

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Answering the challenge: Bristol’s manufacturing workforce focus

By Scott Robertson When Bristol Compressors CEO Ed Gniewek told the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Board this summer that he perceived the qualified workforce in the region to be diminishing to the point where he would consider moving the company’s operations, the Chamber could have reacted in many different ways. Rather than choosing easy ways out like denial, blame-storming or hand-wringing, the Chamber’s re ...

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‘Soft landing’ speeds German springmaker’s transition to states

By Jeff Keeling It took FWG Special Springs roughly a quarter century to make its first foray into North America. Since the Grevenbroich, Germany manufacturer established a tiny beachhead in Johnson City two years ago, things have moved much more quickly – so much so that the company has bought a building and is preparing to manufacture stateside, ahead of schedule. In mid-2013, company founder Manfred Albr ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: Bart Hove, President & CEO, Wellmont Health System

The Business Journal: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Let’s just begin with an overview of where Wellmont stands in the merger process at this point. Bart Hove: Since our April announcement, a lot of work has taken place. One of the first pieces of business associated with that was to form our joint board task force and our integration council, which you’ve heard a lot of the descriptions of th ...

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Keck: “Newco” to help coordinate community efforts

By Scott Robertson Speaking after the final scheduled community forum regarding the proposed merger of Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System, MSHA Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer Tony Keck said the newly formed company (dubbed Newco as a working title until the company name is formally announced) will try to work as a coordinator for other agencies and organizations. ...

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Johnson City’s downtown not yet at ‘critical mass’

By Jeff Keeling Walk around downtown Johnson City and it’s easy to see signs of growth, from new restaurants and a community college campus to a sizeable brewery, a public park and lots of new apartments. Ask Craig Torbett whether Johnson City’s downtown has reached a tipping point signaling smooth sailing ahead for growth and redevelopment, and the longtime Johnson City Development Authority commissioner d ...

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NN Inc. completes $615 million acquisition of Precision Engineered Products

Johnson City -- NN Incorporated has completed its purchase of Precision Engineered Products. The Johnson City-headquartered manufacturer announced it would buy the company in August, at a cost of $615 million. Here is a copy of the full release: NN, Inc. Completes Acquisition Of Precision Engineered Products JOHNSON CITY, Tenn., Oct. 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- NN, Inc., (NASDAQ: NNBR) a diversified industrial ...

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Coal slowdown leads to Erwin operations shutdown: CSX

CSX will close a locomotive service center, a project shop and a car shop -- and eliminate switching operations -- at its Erwin rail yard, the company announced today (see below). The decision is expected to eliminate around 300 jobs in one of the industries that helped establish the town. The company cited a combination of regulatory restrictions on coal and lower natural gas prices as the proximate causes ...

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