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Composites Coalition Holds Interactive Composites Manufacturing Training Seminar

On Tuesday, January 8, a free Composites Coalition seminar was hosted at the University of Tennessee Fibers & Composites Manufacturing Facility (FCMF). After a safety and facility brief, attendees learned the basics of composites processing using light resin transfer molding and vacuum infusion processes.  A short discussion was then had on all the advantages and disadvantages of […]

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Knox Officials Tour Oak Ridge National Lab’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

Knox County commissioners toured the Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (ORNL MDF) on Cherahala Blvd on December 4, 2018. Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs as well as Knox County Commission were present to visit the facility to learn how Knoxville and its surrounding areas leverage regional assets when recruiting businesses to the area. The touring […]

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Thirty area professionals gathered on November 28 for 2018’s final Composites Coalition quarterly meeting, hosted at the Knoxville Chamber. Industry partners and companies had the opportunity to learn more about the statewide composites initiative, hear about industry progress throughout the region and speak casually with each other about shared pain points and opportunities. Speakers included Doug […]

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Officials Break Ground at Midway Business Park

Knoxville, Tenn.  – Officials broke ground today on Phase 1 of Midway Business Park, a 354-acre site in East Knox County. Plans for Phase 1 of development, expected to be completed in June 2020, include the infrastructure necessary to make the site development-ready for new or expanding business. Future economic announcements in Phase 1 are […]

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First Tennessee names Rick Shepard to its Blount County Advisory Board

First Tennessee names Rick Shepard to its Blount County Advisory Board MARYVILLE, Tenn. – First Tennessee has named William R. (Rick) Shepard as a new member of its Blount County Advisory Board. Shepard is retired after a long and diverse banking career at several of the area’s leading financial institutions, including United Community Bank, SunTrust […]

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First Tennessee Named a Leader in Customer Experience

First Tennessee Named a Leader in Customer Experience Nationally Recognized for Commercial Middle Market Banking by Greenwich Associates MEMPHIS, Tenn. – First Tennessee Bank, member of the First Horizon National Corp. (NYSE:FHN) family of companies which includes Capital Bank, was one of only five banks to be nationally recognized for the inaugural Greenwich CX (Customer […]

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Chamber CEO to Retire

Michael Edwards, who has served as president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber for the past 16 years, announced today his intention to retire in January 2019. “During my tenure here, I have had the good fortune to work with outstanding business leaders, elected officials, volunteers and staff members who are committed to making Knoxville […]

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First Tennessee Bank opens new University of Tennessee Financial Center

First Tennessee Bank opens new University of Tennessee Financial Center Location on site of previous long-time First Tennessee UT branch; now part of the TENN building on Cumberland Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets in the heart of award-winning Cumberland Avenue Corridor KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The week of October 15 – 19, 2018 marked a […]

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Chamber Senior Vice President Appointed to National Board of Trustees of Institute for Organization Management

Washington D.C. —Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Mark Field, IOM, CCE, Senior Vice President of Membership of the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce, to the National Board of Trustees. As a member of the trustees, Field will help set the strategic direction of Institute […]

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