Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Lewisburg Partnering to Upgrade Workforce Development Training

The City of Lewisburg, Marshall County and the State of Tennessee recognize that Workforce Development is the top issue facing manufacturing today. So, we are proud to announce a series of Workforce Development and Training improvements to the region thanks to our partners - Gov. Bill Haslam, The State of Tennessee Department of Economic and
Community Development, the South Central Tennessee Workforce Board, the South Central Tennessee Development District, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Pulaski, the Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Shelbyville, the Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg and several local industries. 

LEAP Grants
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam recently announced recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is
aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities. 

Funded by a $10 million appropriation by the General Assembly, the LEAP competition required applicants to respond to a competitive Request for Proposals that was released in September. Proposals were reviewed and selected by the Governor’s Workforce Subcabinet, consisting of

Commissioners and staff from the following agencies:

-         Tennessee Board of Regents
-         Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
-         Tennessee Department of Education
-         Tennessee Department of Human Services
-         Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development
-         Tennessee Higher Education Commission

Lewisburg and Marshall County are pleased to announce that two regional projects were selected for the funded inlcuding:
South Central Tennessee Development District - TCAT Shelbyville - $970,000.00
South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance - TCAT- Pulaski - $970,000.00

The first project will create an Industrial Maintenance Technology program administered by TCAT-Shelbyville in a city-owned facility in downtown Lewisburg. The program will fund a computer classroom, industrial equipment laboratory and an instructor to teach the Industrial Maintenance Technology program to students in Marshall County. 

The regional program will also create classrooms and labs for the training in Bedford County, Franklin County and Lincoln County. 

The project is a collaboration of TCAT-Shelbyville, the South Central TN Development District and the Economic and Community Development organizations in each community working with local industries. 

In Lewisburg, Marshall County provided $5,000 in matching funds, the Lewisburg Industrial Development Board provided $1,000 in matching funds, the City of Lewisburg provided the facility in which the program will operate and several Lewisburg industries pledged funding and equipment donations for the program including Calsonic Kansei North America, Nichirin and Berry Plastics. 

The second LEAP project awarded funding in the region will create a Certified Production Technician curriculum for the middle and high school technology centers in the 8-county region along with the purchasing of equipment for the centers including Machining equipment, PLC equipment, Robotic Welders and 3D Printers.

The Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg will be the recipient of the new training equipment and has already begun assigning three of its instructors to take the required training to become certified to teach the Certified Production Technician (CPT) training. 

The CPT training will allow high school students to graduate as a nationally certified production technician and receive dual-enrollment credits from TCAT-Pulaski so that students will have a shorter time and less tuition toward their Advanced Manufacturing Certification.

Speaking of TCAT-Pulaski, the technology college held a open house on December 16 for its new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center. The upgraded AME center has new Engel Injection Molding machines, new 3D printing machines, new PLC testing and training equipment capable of running Siemens or Allen Bradley systems and more. 

The new state-of-the-art training center was developed through conversations with industries in the region on the needs of their workforce in training and development. 

TCAT-Pulaski has also begun using its Routsis Online Plastics Certification Training program that allows students to take their training online from the classroom or in their homes or places of work. Using this technique, students can take the bulk of the certification training at their own pace before finishing up their hands-on training and taking their certification testing. 

The Routsis Online Training program was funded for one year with assistance from Marshall County and the Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board. 

Thanks to all the partners for developing and implementing a series of Workforce Development programs that will insure Lewisburg and Marshall County are training and providing the best workforce to its new and existing industries for years to come. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Job Openings at Ditech in Lewisburg

Position: Class 1 Truck Driver
Ditech is a premium refurbisher / recertifyer of propane with a new facility in Lewisburg, TN.  We are currently seeking experienced drivers to join our growing team. 
Based out of Lewisburg;  our fleet of new GPS & tracking equipped tractor trailer units will travel throughout the USA, delivering and handling propane cylinders.
We offer a competitive per/mile pay rate in addition to monthly bonuses, & benefits package.
Tasks & Responsibilities:
  • Maintains telephone/text contact with logistics coordinator to receive instructions or be dispatched to new location.
  • Maintains truck log book and fuel trip reports according to State and Federal regulations.
  • Keeps record of materials and products transported (including ensuring quantities are accurate both outgoing and incoming shipments).
  • Properly secures load prior to transport from customer site.
  • Operates equipment on vehicle to load, unload, propane tanks.
  • Loading and unloading truck manually (at customer site only – reloads at Ditech are performed by the yard team)
  • Obtains customer signature for goods delivered
Skills & Qualifications:
·         Class 1 Driver’s License
·         Clean drivers abstract & references from previous employers
·         Experience with Dangerous Goods
·         Willing to handle loading/unloading tanks
·         Friendly, Customer Oriented attitude

If interested, please send resume & drivers abstract to Ashley White – ashley@ditechtesting.com

Position: Industrial Spray Painter
Industrial spray-painting in spray booth operating plural component air assisted state of the art spray-painting equipment to apply protective coatings to refurbished items of various sizes and lengths
Industrial spray painters may perform the following tasks:
·         Apply coatings (such as urethanes, epoxy’s) onto refurbished products to provide finished surfaces
·         clean nozzles, containers and hoses of machines.
Industrial spray painters usually work in noisy factory environments. Most of their time is spent standing or bent over. Protective clothing, masks and goggles must be worn when handling poisonous materials.

·         Some experience with painting in industrial environment is a must!
·         Experience using high pressure 2k systems (kremlin or Graco) with high volume low-pressure sprayer.
·         Strong attention to detail
·         Must be able to follow direction from supervisor
·         Must be willing to work overtime if needed.
·         Able to complete work on time and working with deadlines

Personal Requirements:
·         enjoy practical and manual work
·         able to cope with the physical demands of the job
·         no allergies related to paints, solvents or dust
·         normal color vision.

If interested, please send resume to Ashley White – ashley@ditechtesting.com

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Cylinder and Tank Reburbisher and Certifier to Invest $5.6 Million, Create 77 Jobs

NASHVILLE —Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today that Ditech Testing will locate a new facility in Lewisburg, Tennessee in the Southern Carriers Building, 1801 Childress Road.  The company specializes in refurbishing all types of cylinders and tanks for the liquid petroleum industry and will invest more than $5.6 million and create 77 new jobs.

“Tennessee’s momentum in the global business environment of today cannot be underestimated,” Hagerty said.  “Companies around the world know our central location, strong infrastructure and healthy business climate along with the craftsmanship and quality of our workforce can make a real competitive difference. I welcome Ditech Testing to Tennessee and appreciate the jobs and investment the company is making in Marshall County.”

“Ditech is a premium refurbisher/recertifyer of propane cylinders and tanks. We provide our clients with industry leading services, innovation, quality and turnaround times,” Ditech Vice President Jason Gildart said.  “Ditech has set ‘the standard’ in the refurbishing industry. Our continued growth is fueled by our commitment to providing our clients with solutions to help them reduce costs by saving depreciating assets and delivering them on time throughout their demographic territories hassle free. We are a cut above the rest and our dedication to our customers has no boundaries. We are thrilled to have made Lewisburg, Tennessee our new home for the southeastern US." 

With the opening of the new Lewisburg facility, Ditech will service 85 percent of North America with plans to provide cylinder and tank refurbishing and certification throughout the entire continent by 2016. 

"We are very excited to welcome Ditech Testing to Lewisburg," Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham said. "We could not be happier that they chose Lewisburg and we look forward to beginning a long-lasting partnership with them.  There were many people working behind the scenes to assist the project coming to Lewisburg and I just want to thank the State of Tennessee Economic Development Department and Cassidy Turley for all their hard work in bringing this outstanding company to Lewisburg.

"This project is a great example of the state's outreach to its partner countries such as Canada," Mayor Bingham added.

Ditech will be hiring for the following positions: Heavy Equipment Operator, Industrial Painter, Welder, Hydro Console Operator, Machine Operator, Quality Control, Truck Driver, Production Supervisor, Administrative Secretary, Logistics Coordinator and General Laborer.  Candidates should email resumes toinfo@ditechtesting.com (Attn: Lewisburg Jobs) or drop resumes off at the plant, 1801 Childress Road in Lewisburg.  Resumes should be submitted no later than November 17, 2014.

Ditech is a designated cylinder recertifier of both U.S. and Canadian tanks, as required by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Transport Canada and The Canadian Gas Association regulations including hydrotesting and external visual inspection.  For more information, please visit www.ditechtesting.com

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
Tennessee was named “2013 State of the Year” for economic development byBusiness Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web:tn.gov/ecd. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd.  Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Friday, October 31, 2014

City of Lewisburg Wins National High Performance Economic Development Award for Most Jobs Announced in 2013/2104

Organization wins award ahead of 200+ economic development organizations surveyed

City of Lewisburg is proud to announce that in a survey of over 200 economic development organizations from around the country, they reported the most jobs than any other organization in 2014 for a population less than 25,000. Compared to similar sized organizations, City of Lewisburg announced 852 jobs.

Denver, Colorado-based Atlas Advertising collected data from more than 200 economic development organizations in 40+ states and eight countries in their 2013/2014 benchmarking survey, which included organization-specific information such as: location, population, annual budget, number of full time staff, jobs announced in the past 12 months, website visits over the past 12 months, number of organizations serviced, and capital invested in a particular community. The results were compiled and presented in Atlas’ 2014 white paper, “Putting High Performance Economic Development into Practice: A Guide for Economic Development Leaders and Their Boards.” The award is detailed at: www.atlas-advertising.com.
“City of Lewisburg, with their superior performance in the economic development industry, has shown itself to be one of the highest performers in the nation,” said Ben Wright, CEO of Atlas.  “Their leadership and staff have truly made a difference in the city of Lewisburg.” 

About City of Lewisburg
Lewisburg is a beautiful small town nestled in the hills of Southern Middle Tennessee. It’s a place of backyards and front porches where industry meets the farmland, community and culture are neighbors, and tradition and progress are friends. Located less than an hour’s drive from Nashville and an hour’s drive from Huntsville, Alabama, Lewisburg is located right in the heart of Southern Middle Tennessee.

About Atlas Advertising

Atlas Advertising is a niche economic development marketing, strategy, and creative firm whose goal is to connect people to places and ideas to action. They help communities (cities, states, regions, countries) grow their economies, attract talent, and compete for jobs through technology and strategy.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Comfort Research Celebrates Production of 1,000,000th Bean Bag Chair in Lewisburg

Comfort Research began producing their Famous Big Joe Bean Bag Chairs in October 2013 and in one year celebrated production of their 1,000,000th bean bag on October 24, 2014 at the Lewisburg, TN facility

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Manufacturing Day held at MCHS in Lewisburg

The City of Lewisburg, the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall County Joint Economic and Community Development Board hosted a Manufacturing Day event at MCHS in Lewisburg on Tuesday, October 7, 2014.
Walker Die Casting, Talos Engineered Products, RockTenn, Lewisburg Printing Company, Magneti Marelli, Teledyne, Southern Carton and Calsonic Kansei North America all set up booths with information about their companies, careers at their companies and the paths to obtaining those careers for students at MCHS to learn.
The event was part of a national #MfgDay14 event to reconnect middle and high school students with the great careers available in today's manufacturing in America.
The Lewisburg Economic Development Department, the Chamber and the JECDB were joined by the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, the Tennessee Career Center and the Spot Lowe Technology Center in teaching students about training available to help them become better candidates for employment in manufacturing.
The event is part of an effort by local agencies to develop the workforce in Marshall County and the labor shed region for the more than 54 manufacturers operating in Lewisburg and Marshall County.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Mayor Bingham Visits Japan

Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham just returned from Japan as a Tennessee delegate for the Southeast U.S. and Japan (SEUS Japan) trade conference last week in Tokyo. The mayor met with executives of Meiwa Industry Co. Ltd., an automotive supplier that recently opened its first North American facility in Lewisburg, TN. 
The State of Tennessee is one of the main states in the southeast for Japanese company relationships and offered the following video during a presentation at the SEUS Japan conference. The video features Calsonic Kansei North America and Meiwa Industry North America - two Japanese companies with operations in Lewisburg, TN. 

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Rock Creek Park Improvement Project Planned

Calsonic Kansei Provides Initial Donation and Challenge
Mayor Jim Bingham and CKNA COO Eric Huch, seated, make the donation announcement with (l-r) Mike Layne, CKNA SRVP, Artie Allen, City Council, Matt Mulliniks, SR Director of Sales, Roy Haislip, City Council, Randall Dunn, City Manager, Steve Thomas, City Council and Greg Lowe, ED Director.
Following the 20-year Vision Plan for Lewisburg released earlier this year, the Friends of Lewisburg Parks is forming to address the parks and green space in the city and has made plans to begin with improvements to Rock Creek Park.
The Vision Plan highlighted the Lewisburg Parks and Recreation system as an asset to the community and that preserving and building upon this asset should take place over the next 20 years. The Friends of Lewisburg Parks is a group of volunteers in cooperation with officials from the City of Lewisburg to create a public and private partnership to improve upon the parks system in Lewisburg beginning with the Rock Creek Park project.
Officials with Calsonic Kansei North America became involved in the project and saw the opportunity to give back to Lewisburg to celebrate their 30th Anniversary in Lewisburg. Discussions between company officials, the city and the Friends of Lewisburg Parks developed into a plan to improve Rock Creek Park as an initial project that the groups hope to grow into more projects in other parks and green spaces throughout the city.
The City of Lewisburg hired HFR Design to develop an improvement plan for Rock Creek Park that includes underground utilities, tiered seating along the hillside, stage improvements and other upgrades to be completed in phases over the next year. The plan was presented to officials at CKNA and the company offered an initial donation and a challenge to its fellow industries in Lewisburg.
“Calsonic Kansei North America announces that the company will offer the first $50,000 for the Rock Creek Park project in honor of its 30th Anniversary of operating in Lewisburg,” said Erich Huch, Chief Operations Officer for CKNA. “We offer this initial donation along with a challenge to the other industries in Lewisburg to donate to this project and help to make Rock Creek Park even more of a centerpiece of downtown Lewisburg.”
Huch went on to say that if the target fund for this project is met by donations from industries, businesses and individuals by the spring of 2015 that CKNA will donate an additional $50,000 to the project.
The Friends of Lewisburg Parks will use this initial donation to seek more volunteers to help continue the fundraising effort needed to reach a target funding goal by the spring of next year.
The Rock Creek Park project comes as the City of Lewisburg is seeking grant funding to improve the 1st Avenue corridor that connects the Lewisburg Square to Rock Creek Park. The plan will be to upgrade the sidewalks on 1st Avenue and add bike lanes, underground utilities and street lighting that match those on the Lewisburg Square. The two projects together will be developed and implemented over the next year and is expected to make a dramatic improvement to the downtown area of the city.
Once the Rock Creek Park project and the 1st Avenue corridor project are completed, the Friends of Lewisburg Parks will choose another park or green space area in the city on which to develop a project in accordance with the Lewisburg Vision Plan. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Lewisburg Police Chief Named TACP President

Forbis First Lewisburg Police Chief to Hold Post

Lewisburg Police Chief Chuck Forbis was sworn in as President of the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police (TACP) during the association’s annual conference on August 8, 2014 in Chattanooga to become the first Lewisburg Police Chief to hold this position.
The TACP is an association that brings the state’s chiefs of police together to discuss best practices, a legislative agenda for law enforcement in Tennessee and to also provide training for all chiefs of police in the state. Forbis has served as 2nd Vice President and was named 1st Vice President at last year’s conference before being elected to take the presidency of the association for a one-year term 2014-2015.
“It is an honor to serve this association to represent all of the police chiefs in Tennessee and to be the first from Lewisburg,” said Chief Forbis. “Hopefully, this will begin a long line of Lewisburg Police Chiefs to hold this position in the future.”
Forbis will now direct the association that meets six times annually and offers all the state’s chiefs of police a valuable resource to better perform their duties. He expects to continue serving the association following his term as president by first serving on its board of directors and then a post as one of the association’s committee chairs.
Forbis was joined at the annual TACP conference to receive this honor by Lewisburg City Manager Randall Dunn, wife Rhonda and Councilman Steve Thomas.
From Left to Right – Councilman Steve Thomas, Police Chief Chuck Forbis, Rhonda Dunn and City Manager Randall Dunn pose for pictures following Chief Forbis’ swearing in. 
“First of all, I am happy for Chief Forbis and to recognize him for this honor,” said City Manager Dunn. “When you realize that most of the police chiefs that have been president of this association have come from metro areas of the state, you see how great an honor this is. Lewisburg is fortunate to have someone with Chief Forbis’ qualifications serving as our Chief of Police.”
Lewisburg Police Chief Chuck Forbis addresses the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police following his swearing-in as association President. 

“Chief Forbis has brought a new degree of professionalism and community service to our department,” said Councilman Steve Thomas. “It is honor for the whole city for him to be recognized by his peers.”

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

TN Promise Begins in Marshall County

Mentors Wanted in Marshall County
The Tennessee Promise is both a scholarship and mentoring program that will begin in the fall of 2015.

It will provide students a last-­‐dollar scholarship, meaning the scholarship will cover tuition and fees not covered by the Pell grant, the HOPE scholarship, or TSAA. While removing the financial burden is key, a critical component of Tennessee Promise is the individual guidance each participant will receive from a mentor who will provide guidance and assistance as the student enters higher education.

In addition, students will be required to complete eight hours of community service per term enrolled, as well as maintain satisfactory academic progress (2.0 GPA).

To make this program work for the students of Marshall County, mentors are being sought who can:

  • Invest 10-15 Hours Annually assisting 5 to 10 high school seniors with post-secondary success
  • Be 21-years-old or older
  • Pass a Background Check

To become a Mentor for the program, an individual will:

  • Apply online at www.tnachieves.org by November 1, 2014
  • Complete Mandatory Mentor Training by December 15, 2014
  • Attend Two (2) Assigned Mandatory Team Meetings
  • Contact Students At Least Once Every Two Weeks from January through December

If you are interested in helping our young people take advantage of this program to succeed in their post-secondary career plans, please contact Mike Wiles at (931) 993-6109 or mike.wiles@marshallcountytn.com.

Please consider becoming a part of this important program and to help Marshall County join the rest of the State of Tennessee in achieving Gov. Bill Haslam's Drive to 55 campaign.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

TCAT – Pulaski Forms Partnership to Make Routsis Training Available to Plastics Industry

Technical Training for Injection Molders, Parts and Mold Designers
The Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Pulaski is pleased to announce the addition of a
series of plastics training courses from Routsis Training, the premier training provider in the
plastics industry, to its comprehensive Advanced Manufacturing Education program. The
college was able to offer this training through a partnership with local economic development
agencies and industry. The Giles County Economic Development Commission, Lewisburg
Economic Development Commission, Marshall County Joint Economic and Community
Development Board and Magneti Marelli provided funding to assist TCAT – Pulaski in the
purchase of the online training program.
The partnership was spearheaded by Advanced Manufacturing Education program instructor
Dino Owen who saw a need among the regions 130 plastics related manufacturers. “Offering
these industry-leading training courses is part of the overall strategy of expanding the college’s
programs to address all of the plastics industry training needs,” said Mr. Owen. The decision
was based on the extensive training materials that Routsis offers for injection molding (over 100
training courses) as well as part design and mold design. The Routsis Training platform is
available online, anytime, on demand.
The training from Routsis Training benefits all manufacturing personnel, from tool and die and
operators to process technicians and material handlers and includes instruction using the
industry’s best practices with an emphasis on safety. The design – based training enables
engineers to update their design practices for plastics parts, and to save time and money in mold
Overall, the plastics industry is the second-largest manufacturing segment in the U.S. according
to SPI, the plastics industry trade organization. Nearly 45,000 Tennesseans are employed within
the chemicals and plastics sector. The plastics training partnership led by the Tennessee College
of Applied Technology – Pulaski represents a commitment to prepare and maintain a qualified
workforce to further strengthen this important industry segment.
Routsis training is used in more than 3000 companies, including over 100 learning centers and
educational institutions worldwide that use its interactive training programs as part of their
standard curriculum. Routsis also is endorsed by the Society of Plastics Engineers. For more
information contact Dino Owen at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology – Pulaski at

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Forgie's Fruit Farm Event to Celebrate 20 Years

Veteran or Beginner, Tennessee Peach Farmers Have Reason to Celebrate This Summer
Thursday, July 17: Forgie’s Fruit Farm
Bill Forgie
2000 Collier Road, Lewisburg, TN   37091  (Marshall County)

Who:  All media are invited.  Local officials are also encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to Pamela Bartholomew, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Agritourism Coordinator, at Pamela.Bartholomew@tn.gov or 615-837-5348.
Time: Media day activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. local time.

Nashville, July 13 –   Forgie’s Fruit Farm near Lewisburg is turning 20.  Up north of Nashville near Springfield, a 25 year old farmer is just getting started in the orchard business.  Both have good reason to celebrate this summer, though: peaches.
Tennessee’s climate doesn’t guarantee a peach crop every year.  In fact, Tennessee spring frosts allow for a bumper peach crop just about once every five years, depending on where in the state the orchard is located.  This year, most of Middle Tennessee just missed a capricious late freeze that damaged crops to the east but left orchards like Forgie’s and Red River Farm poised for a peachy summer.
Pick Tennessee Products will host media days to get the word out about this year’s crop at Red River Farm on Tuesday, July 15, and at Forgie’s Fruit Farm on Thursday, July 17.  At each Pick Tennessee Products Media Day, participating media can interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms. 
In Tyler Sneed’s case, young doesn’t mean inexperienced.  Sneed is a 4thgeneration farmer who currently farms blackberries, concord grapes, soybeans, corn, wheat and  tobacco in addition to the 500 trees that will be loaded with peaches through August.  Sneed lives on the farm in an old tobacco barn he converted into a living space overlooking the Red River.  Sneed will serve cobbler made with the farm’s blackberries and peaches, plus peach ice cream.
The Forgie family makes their years of experience count.  Just last year they grew the world’s largest peach with a variety that weighed in just under 3 lbs.  The farm has beautifully manicured rows of fruit trees, but also offers pick your own sweet corn, tomatoes, melons and other popular types of produce.  Media will be treated to a wagon ride through the picturesque community, as well as treated to a barbecue luncheon with homemade peach cobbler peach cheese cake.
Tuesday, July 15:  Red River Farm
Tyler Sneed
5350 Draper Road, Springfield, TN (Robertson County)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CKNA Grand Opening of New Facility in Lewisburg, TN

Calsonic Kansei of North America held its Grand Opening of a new 310,000 sq. ft. facility in Lewisburg, TN today. This great event coincides with the 30th Anniversary of CKNA in Lewisburg and sets the stage for many more productive years of partnership between the company and the community to come.

Above, the video shows one of the many Automated Guided Vehicles in use at the new high-tech facility to move parts and products from floor to trucks for transport.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lewisburg Manufacturers' Association Golf Tournament 2014

This year's overall tournament winner was the team from
the Spot Lowe Technology Center.
L-R - Frank Musgrave, Roy Haislip, Brian Borton and Lyn Stacey.
In appreciation of our local industry in Lewisburg and Marshall County, the Lewisburg Industrial Development Board sponsors a day of golf for industry leaders and related agencies at Saddle Creek Golf Course in Lewisburg.
This year, the event was held on May 22 with 19 teams from local industries and related agencies participating. The fun day of golf ended with a pork sliders and chicken wings served by the staff at Saddle Creek where winners and door prizes were announced.
Thanks to the many sponsors of the event, almost everyone came away a winner this year.
On behalf of the people of Lewisburg and Marshall County, THANK YOU to our more than 55 manufacturing companies that are keeping our communities working and moving forward.
Winner of the H&S Pharmacy Gift Basket
was Joe Liggett of the CKNA-Waste Management Team
presented by Dina Crigger of H&S Pharmacy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spot Lowe Technology Center Students Learn On Site

Wayne Wolf of Imperial Foods goes over the construction processes taking place in the Imperial Foods Building with engineering students from Spot Lowe Technology Center
Students from Frank Musgrave's Engineering Course at the Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg took a tour of the Imperial Foods building under construction in the I-65
Commerce Park to learn on-site about how drawings become actual buildings.
Jim Patterson of St. John Engineering talks with Spot Lowe Technology Center engineering students at the Imperial Foods construction site in the I-65 Commerce Park
Spot Lowe Principal Lyn Stacey and Mr. Musgrave brought a group of students from MCHS, Forrest High School and Cornersville High School to the construction site to meet with Buck Beard, Lewisburg Public Works Director, Jim Patterson of St. John Engineering, Wayne Wolf of Imperial Foods, and Greg Lowe, Lewisburg Director of Economic Development.
Beard and Patterson discussed the process for obtaining permits to construct from architectural drawings and stormwater and drainage to building plan approvals and site development.
Wayne Wolf of Imperial Foods talked about the company that expanded to Lewisburg from Illinois that will make food for retail and military services. Wolf gave the students a tour of the building on the inside and talked about the process of construction required for a food service company.
Spot Lowe Technology Center is a vocational training facility in Lewisburg for Middle School and High School students to learn skills of trade from engineering, CNC machining, Automotive Technology, Industrial Maintenance Safety, Residential Electricity, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, Welding and Cosmetology.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lewisburg and CKNA Featured in Trade & Industry Magazine

The CKNA Expansion Project in Lewisburg, Shelbyville and Smyrna earned the company a CiCi Award for Community Impact, according the March/April issue of Trade & Industry Magazine. You can view the digital edition of the magazine by clicking this link - CiCi Award for CKNA. The section of the magazine featuring CKNA and Lewisburg begins on page 66 and you can find an advertisement for Lewisburg on page 92.

Lewisburg Unveils 20-Year Vision Plan

Representatives from Hodgson Douglas, The Walker Collaborative and the Kennon Calhoun Workshop made the final presentation of the Lewisburg Vision Plan 2035 Thursday evening, March 13, 2014, at the Lewisburg Recreation Center before a large group of citizens and local officials.
Doris Wayne Weaver, Lynda Potts and John Murphy review
some of the Vision Plan drawings of what Lewisburg can look
like in 20 years.
The Vision Plan project has been almost nine months in the making and provides Lewisburg with a road map to smart growth in three key areas - Greenspace, Downtown and Corridors. By following an implementation matrix created to guide the process, Lewisburg can use the Vision Plan to encourage and direct smart growth principles over the next five, ten, fifteen and twenty years.

Click Here for Link to Full Vision Plan Document

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Columbia State Community College Career Day with Local Students

Students from all three high schools in Marshall County, MCHS, Forrest and Cornersville, filled the halls and classrooms of the Columbia State Community College Lewisburg campus on Wednesday, March 11 to hear and learn about careers and the paths to achieve them.
The day began with a Workforce Panel where students heard from John Hiers, HR Manager of Meiwa Industry North America, Connie Lentz, HR Generalist for Marshall Medical Center and Luke Buckley, Senior VP of First Commerce Bank. The three panelists outlined their careers, the types of employees their companies are seeking and the educational levels to succeed in their fields and companies.
For the rest of the day, the students broke into groups and toured classrooms where instructors gave presentations on computing, agriculture, physical therapy, advanced integrated industrial technology, biology and STEM.
This is the 14th year Columbia State has held its Career Day for high school students in Marshall County and it is but one way Marshall County is working to create the workforce of tomorrow, today.
Workforce Panelists - Pictured are the Workforce Panelists for the Columbia State Career Day event, from l-r, John Hiers of Meiwa Industry North America, Luke Buckley of First Commerce Bank, Connie Lentz of Marshall Medical Center and moderator, Greg Lowe of the City of Lewisburg.