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PlastiExports cuts ribbon at Erwin manufacturing facility

Above: Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bob Rolfe addresses a crowd of around 200 in Erwin prior to the PlastiExports ribbon-cutting A year ago, when Wisconsin-based Regal Beloit announced plans to shutter its Morrill Motors production facility in Erwin, Tenn., the news hit the community particularly hard. The impending loss of around 125 jobs was a blow to a town of under 6,000 ...

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LabConnect holds ribbon cutting for new Johnson City corporate HQ

Above: Tom Sellig, LabConnect CEO, addresses a socially distanced crowd of community and business leaders prior to the ribbon-cutting LabConnect has been conducting medical lab work and clinical trials in Johnson City since 2015, and announced it planned to move its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Johnson City in April, 2020. The COVID crisis, however, forced a delay in officially announcing the comp ...

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Harlan named ETSU AFG Industries Chair of Excellence in Business

Former Eastman Vice President Jim Harlan is the new chairholder of the AFG Industries Chair of Excellence in Business at East Tennessee State University. Harlan is a member of the ETSU College of Business & Technology Hall of Fame and has received the college’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Harlan has previously served as executive-in-residence at ETSU. Harlan retired from Eastman in 2015 as vice presiden ...

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Veterans’ secretary uses Johnson City visit to praise VA staff, Roe

Above: Rep. Phil Roe and Robert Wilkie chat after a press conference at Mountain Home last week. Photo by Dave Ongie By Scott Robertson  The United States Secretary for Veterans’ Affairs, Robert Wilkie visited the James H. Quillen VA Healthcare System and National Cemetery at Mountain Home last week, accompanied by U.S. Congressman Dr. Phil Roe of Tennessee’s 1st Congressional District. Roe, who is ret ...

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Golden named ETSU Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business

Pictured above: David Golden, ETSU's new Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence, speaks with ETSU President Dr. Brian Noland. Business Journal file photo. Former Eastman Vice President David Golden is the new Chairholder of the Allen and Ruth Harris Chair of Excellence in Business at East Tennessee State University. Golden will also serve as professor of practice. According to the university, the princip ...

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BrightRidge partnering with Silicon Ranch, TVA for new 9 MW Solar Farm

BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes discussed the creation of solar power options for BrightRidge customers in the August issue of The Business Journal, saying, “We’re working on some solar options for the two school systems and the large university on our system. We’re very close to having that put together.” Now it’s together. BrightRidge announced Tuesday it is partnering with Silicon Ranch to build a new 9 MW so ...

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Travel numbers hit new record for economic impact to northeast Tennessee

Recently released numbers from U.S. Travel Association show tourism in Tennessee hit a record $23 billion in domestic and international travel spending in 2019, marking a decade of consecutive growth. Locally, all eight counties of in northeast Tennessee generated more than $911 million economic impact to the region from domestic travel, up more than $33 million from the previous year. The counties of Carte ...

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Warner calls for immediate small business assistance from Congress

U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia used a town hall in Abingdon Tuesday to express disappointment that the senate had not passed more aid for small businesses before adjourning for vacation, saying CARES Act funding was not meant to last this long. “Nobody expected this to last six months,” Warner told reporters after the meeting. “We need to come back and put additional money into small business support, ...

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Bristol mayors tout economic progress at first virtual State of the Cities event

Bristol, Tenn., Mayor Mahlon Luttrell and Bristol, Va., Mayor Bill Hartley Bristol, Tenn., Mayor Mahlon Luttrell and Bristol, Va., Mayor Bill Hartley took to the Internet Wednesday to take part in the first virtual State of the Cities event. The Bristol Chamber of Commerce has held a live State of the Cities event for the last seven years at the train station, but was forced into the BTES television studios ...

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