Chamber honors Hamblen companies with awards
Representatives from 50 Hamblen County companies attended the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce annual “Industrial Appreciation Event” held on Oct. 23 at The Country Club in Morristown.
Members of the Morristown Industrial Development Board and city and county government were also on hand to celebrate the investments made by manufacturers over the past year.
The companies brought a combined total of 630 new manufacturing jobs to Hamblen County and made a total of more than $82 million in investments to their respective facilities.
The celebration, which included a catered breakfast, was organized by Chamber Business Development Specialist Jodi Barnard and the Chamber’s Industry Appreciation Committee, led by Kristina Veit.
“We appreciate the jobs that you provide for our community; we also appreciate the good corporate citizenship that you represent – you are just a positive contribution to our community,” Morristown Mayor Danny Thomas said. “We definitely want to thank you for the expansions that have been carried out by each of the industries here today and how it’s helping our city to grow.”
“One out of every four jobs in our community, you guys (industry representatives) provide. And that’s part of who we are. We embrace that as a community,” Hamblen County Mayor Bill Brittain said.
Clayton Chambers, left, of JTEKT Automotive Morristown, along with Mark Nozawa and Ben Simpson, receive a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award from Drew Leach and Matthew Malone of Merrill Lynch. JTEKT continued an expansion project this year in the Morristown Airport Industrial Development, invested more than $17 million in equipment and created 130 new jobs.
Cathy King, left, and Tom Porter of Strate Insurance Group present a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Takeo Kawasaki and David Durfey of Kawasaki Tennessee Inc. The company continued a multi-million dollar project in the East Tennessee Progress Center during the past year and created 20 new jobs.
Mary Helms of Wimberly, Lawson, Wright, Daves and Jones, presents a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Bryan Purdom and Gildas Thoraval of Colortech Inc. The company added a second facility, invested more than $4 million and created 10 new jobs in the Morristown Airport Industrial Development.
Trish Hatfield, left, of HealthStar Physicians presents a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Jim Price and Ross McCulloch of the NCR Corporation. The company, which has been in operation in Morristown for 45 years, invested $1.5 million in new equipment and machinery at its facility in the East Tennessee Valley Industrial District.
Kelly Campbell, left, of Wimberly, Lawson, Wright, Daves and Jones, presents a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Kazutaka Fukushima, Justin Stuart and Charles Fine of OTICS USA Inc. The company made a sizeable investment at its facility in the East Tennessee Progress Center and created more than 20 jobs.
Tom Porter, left, and Cathy King of Strate Insurance Group present a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Jim Blackwell and Carla McDonald of Petosky Plastics. The company invested more than $3 million in equipment and machinery at its facility in the Morristown Airport Industrial District and created several new jobs.
Crystal Hunley, left, of AccuForce, offers a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Gregg Sharpe and Samantha Mantooth of 5R Processors during the annual celebratory breakfast hosted by the Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce on Oct. 23. The company tripled its employment base over the past year.
Chris Edmonds, left, of Tennessee College of Applied Technology, presents a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Ruby Glasscock, Dan Blair and Ray Murphy of Howmet Corporation. The Fortune 500 company invested nearly $4 million in new equipment and machinery this year.
Dedra Whitaker, Stephanie Nichols and Leigh Sempkowski of Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System present a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Jim Sexton and Rod Rakoczy of MAHLE Engine Components. The company added 68,000 square feet to its facility in the East Tennesee Valley Industrial District, invested more than $30 million in equipment and created 30 new jobs.
Brandon Jenkins, left, owner of Sunrise Services Commercial Cleaning, presents a certificate of appreciation to Melissa White and Jason Berry of General Electric during the 2013 Industrial Appreciation Breakfast held at The Country Club on Oct. 23. GE has operated a facility in Morristown for 40 years.
Bryan Delozier, left, of Morristown Utility Systems presents a 2013 Industrial Appreciation Award to Ron Dresen and Rick Chapman of Valtimet. This year, the company added 10,000 square feet to its building in the Morristown Airport Industrial District and created 25 new jobs.
Chris Edmonds, representing sponsor Tennessee College of Applied Technology, presents Wayne Masengill, owner of Masengill Machinery Company, with a certificate of appreciation for the company’s continued investment in Morristown and Hamblen County for the past 50 years.
Ron Ailey, owner of Burke-Ailey Construction Company, presents a certificate of appreciation to Tommy Seals, Tim Ostrom and Dave Staples of Lear Corporation. The company has operated a facility in Morristown for 45 years.
Rosemary Wigington and Greg Steisslinger, representing sponsor First Tennessee Bank, present David Wise and Rick Elkins of Morristown Coca-Cola with a certificate of appreciation for the company’s 100-year presence in the community.