‘Made in Morristown’ exhibit opens this month
Products made by General Electric Company will be on display as part of the “Made In Morristown Tennessee With Pride” exhibit at the Rose Center galleries, opening at 2 p.m. March 3.
The installations are under way for the inaugural “Made In Morristown Tennessee with Pride” exhibit at Rose Center.
Co-hosted by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce and Rose Center Council for the Arts, the exhibit will feature more than 20 displays from Morristown and Hamblen County manufacturers throughout the month of March.
Proposed as “A Different Kind of Art” by Rose Center director Drew Ogle, the display of manufacturing products will be available in the galleries at the center during operating hours, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Many of the products, although made locally, are used by millions of people around the world. Each of the displays, from large industries to small producers, will feature components that are used in products every day in the business, manufacturing and retail sectors.
“Manufacturing has changed in Morristown. There are very few companies who actually ship out a finished product,” Pete Barile, past Rose Center board president. “This exhibit will spotlight the influence that Morristown has on consumers and manufacturing across the country and across the world. We are still a very strong industrial community.”
During Barile’s research for the exhibit, he learned that products made in Morristown and Hamblen County are used daily by an estimated 200 million people.
“That’s (a large amount) of the world’s population,” Barile said. “All of that from quiet, little Morristown, Tennessee.”
An opening reception for the exhibit will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 3, with invited guests including local and state government representatives.
Refreshments will be served.
-By Glenna Howington, Tribune Staff Writer