English Mountain Construction and Maintenance Company, a niche company, is coming to the East Tennessee Progress Center near Exit 8 of Interstate 81.
Seth Ewing, company president, says English Mountain’s primary focus will be providing support, including metal fabrication and maintenance tasks, to current and future industries in the industrial district.
“I feel like our company could be a valuable asset for industries in the services we provide,” Ewing said Thursday evening. “We are looking forward to being there.
The company already provides these services to Bush’s Bean and Ball Metalpack, according to Marshall Ramsey, secretary of the Industrial Development Board of the city of Morristown. The Morristown City Council on Tuesday authorized the sale of up to six acres to English Mountain..
Ewing has plans to build an 8,000-square foot production facility, and says he will begin as soon as the land purchase is complete. English Mountain currently has a fabrication center on Thompson Creek Road, but will be moving all operations to the ETPC. The company currently has about 20 employees. Ewing says he hopes the number will grow to at least 30 in three to five years.
Morristown Mayor Gary Chesney says he anticipates the 90-plus lot Greene Hills subdivision, which will be built on 27 vacant acres near John Hay Elementary School, will move forward, but final approval will not be until Dec. 15 at the earliest. The fall-back approval date is Jan. 5, the Morristown City Council’s first meeting in January.
When councilmembers delayed action on the annexation and plan of services at its Nov. 3 meeting to study the impact of additional traffic on East Andrew Johnson Highway, it required that the matter be readvertised for second and final reading, city officials say.
Morristown developer Shannon Greene has plans to buy the property. D.R. Horton, the nation’s larges homebuilder, plans to build houses that will range from 1,800 square feet and 3,400 square feet that will sell for about $100 a square foot, according to Greene.