Advanced Manufacturing

Sep 30, 2022

Piedmont Lithium Inc. to Establish Operations in McMinn County

Piedmont Lithium

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart McWhorter, and Piedmont Lithium officials announced today the company will invest $582 million to establish a lithium hydroxide processing, refining, and manufacturing facility in Southeast Tennessee.

Located in McMinn County at the North Etowah Industrial Park, a CSX and Select Tennessee Certified Site, Piedmont will create 117 new jobs in Etowah through the company’s expansion to Tennessee.

As a producer of lithium hydroxide, a critical component in the supply chain for both the electric vehicle and battery storage markets, Piedmont’s Tennessee Lithium project will support energy security in the U.S. and the transition to a clean energy economy in North America. The new manufacturing plant will utilize more environmentally responsible and economic processing technology, supporting Piedmont’s objective of becoming a large, low-cost, sustainable producer of lithium products. Click here to read more.

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Back Office

Sep 26, 2022

BlueCross BlueShield in Chattanooga aims to fill demand for IT workers with new approach to college

BlueCross BlueShield

Most of the workers at Chattanooga’s biggest employer continue to work remotely and no longer do their jobs from the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee campus atop Cameron Hill.

But on Monday, students in a pioneering new educational venture gathered at the BlueCross headquarters for an inaugural meeting with executive and IT mentors as they prepare for a 27-month training program to provide the students the computer skills to help meet the growing IT talent needs at BlueCross and other employers. Click here to learn more.

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County Spotlight

Aug 29, 2022

EPB Launches Nation’s First Community-Wide 25 Gig Internet


Building on its track record of delivering the world’s fastest internet speeds, EPB is launching the nation’s first community-wide 25-Gig internet service — available to all residential and commercial customers over EPB’s 100% fiber optic network.

Dave Wade, President, EPB, announced the launch on Wednesday at the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Convention Center alongside community partners that made this innovation possible including Tim Kelly, Mayor, City of Chattanooga; Jim Coppinger, Mayor, Hamilton County; Barry White, President, Chattanooga Tourism Co.; and Christy Gillenwater, President, CEO, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “These kinds of partnerships are what make Chattanooga and Hamilton County so unique,” Gillenwater says.

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Back Office

Jul 21, 2022

iFixit to renovate warehouse in Onion Bottom, add over 200 jobs in Chattanooga


Kyle Wiens is on a mission to “teach everybody how to fix everything” and in the process reduce wasted materials and energy spent by manufacturers of nearly every electronic device and household product.

Since Wiens launched the business iFixit from his college dorm room in 2003, when he couldn’t find a guide to fixing his Apple iPad, the business has grown to offer help and tools for consumers to repair hundreds of items. From its roots offering help with Apple products and cellular phones, the company has grown to provide tools and advice for fixing not only electronic devices but also everything from cameras and power tools to cars and trucks.

The rapidly growing iFixit announced Tuesday it will expand its growing global business with an East Coast service facility and warehouse in Chattanooga and add more than 200 jobs within the next five years. Like the business itself, iFixit has bought a building in Chattanooga’s Onion Bottom station that needs its own fixing for its newest facility. Click here to learn more.

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Talent + Workforce

Jul 21, 2022

NOVONIX Launches Future Ready Institute


Battery and technology company, NOVONIX, is working to make better, more affordable, and environmentally sustainable batteries for electric industries. Their team of leaders and creators strive to reach new technological limits. But perhaps what sets them apart from apart from other major companies in the industry is their commitment to education.

The company is partnering with Hamilton County Schools to provide career-focused learning through a new Future Ready Institute, the NOVONIX Institute of Advanced Battery Technology. To learn more click here.

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Quality of Life

Jul 21, 2022

Chattanooga is the Top Tennessee City for Attracting New Residents, Retaining Population

Top TN City

More than three times as many people have moved into Chattanooga as have left the metro area so far in 2022, making Chattanooga the top Tennessee city for the net inflow of new residents coming out of the pandemic.

A study of moving requests by the website found that Chattanooga had 3.06 new residents moving into the six-county metro region for every person moving out of the Chattanooga metro area from Jan. 1 to May 4, 2022. Across Tennessee, Memphis was the only metro area showing a decline in population so far this year. The state as a whole continues to outpace the nation in drawing new residents. To read more click here.

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Job Creation

Jul 21, 2022

West Star Aviation Breaks Ground on Chattanooga Facility Expansion

West Star Aviation

West Star Aviation has officially launched its expansion program in Chattanooga, marking the occasion with a groundbreaking ceremony on July 13 with construction starting the same day.

The new hangar complex will consist of 40,000 square feet of active hangar space and an additional 17,000 square feet of shop and support space.

Additionally, West Star has started retrofitting one of its existing hangars to include a new design studio, customer accommodations and nearly double their interior shop capacity. The complete planned expansion of the Chattanooga location will increase the total operational footprint from 180,000 square feet to approximately 260,000 square feet effectively. The construction should be complete in less than a year, with a June 2023 expected completion date. Click here to learn more.

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Advanced Manufacturing

May 24, 2022

Five Star Food Service Relocates-Plans Chattanooga, Tennessee, Headquarters

Food & Bev

Food and beverage retail solutions provider Five Star Food Service, Inc. will expand its headquarters operations and relocate to Chattanooga, Tennessee. The new downtown location will allow the company to hire more headquarters-related positions to support the company’s substantial revenue growth and geographic expansion. “Five Star has been blessed by incredible growth, and we are excited to partner with Riverside Development to rehabilitate a historic Chattanooga building to expand our workplace. Community is one of our stated values, and our commitment to it is exemplified by our company’s non-profit, Feeding the Future. Relocating into the heart of the city allows us to deepen our investment in our people and to this community, perfectly aligning with our long-term vision. Being next door to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where we find a great pool of professional talent, is also very exciting. We want to thank the state of Tennessee for their vision and contribution to our effort,” Five Star Food Service, Inc. President & CEO Richard Kennedy said.

Click here to read more.

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