Work to begin on Whitwell plant
Whitwell native Dwight Bryant will return to his hometown on Aug. 26 to start construction of a $2.5 million plant to produce highly efficient fire logs and barbecue briquettes.
Bryant's new venture, known as Prologue, will employ 30 workers and turn leaves and other woody bio-mass waste materials into biofuels.
The plant will be the first business to be constructed in Valley View Centre, Marion County's newest business and industrial park.
A groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 10 a.m., CDT Monday, Aug. 26, at the plant site on Valley View Highway with state officials attending.
Platinum adds Cleveland unit
Platinum Financial Funding, a 5-year-old mortgage lending agency with five offices in East Tennessee, is opening its first office in Bradley County at 3810 Keith St. NW in Cleveland, Tenn. Matt Hamilton, a Cleveland, native, and Brandon Born, a Ringgold, Ga., native, established the company in June 2008.
"Due to the explosive growth in the Bradley County area, we saw a real opportunity for mortgage lending," Born said. "Our central location on Keith Street is convenient and helps us to readily accommodate future and current homeowners in Bradley and surrounding counties."
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native ...