An energy industry manufacturing company is looking at opening a plant in Chattanooga that could employ 350 people, a city official said Monday.
The unnamed company wants to buy the former NK Lawn & Garden Co. facility at 3701 Amnicola Highway, said Dan Thornton, Chattanooga’s director of property management.
“They do a lot of manufacturing for all facets of energy,” he said.
Seed distributor NK Lawn & Garden filed for bankruptcy protection in 2004, according to newspaper archives. Plantation Products Inc., another seed distributor, opened at the property in 2004.
Plantation closed nearly two years ago, said David DaVaney, president of NAI Charter Real Estate, the listing agency for the property. The unnamed manufacturing company expects to close on the property in about 30 days, he said. The property consists of 25 acres and a roughly 250,000-square-foot building.
The Chattanooga-Hamilton County Regional Planning Commission on Monday approved a plan by Chattanooga city officials to lease a strip of land beside the site to the manufacturer for security reasons. The city land is between the Tennessee River and former seed plant.
People had been pulling up to the area in boats and destroying heating and air units and stealing copper, Mr. Thornton said. The lease will allow the manufacturer to secure its property.