Mike Pare (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6318
E-mail: mpare@timesfreepress.com
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor's degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before coming to Chattanooga. Contact Mike at 423-757-6318 or mpare@timesfreepress.com

How It's Made: La-Z-Boy chairs are key product at its Dayton, Tenn., plant

Published Apr. 1 2017

Furniture manufacturer La-Z-Boy has a 1.2 million-square-foot factory in Dayton, Tenn., the company's largest facility in the United States.

New building up for sale in established area of Chattanooga's Southside

Published Apr. 1 2017

A medical office building located in the high-demand Southside of downtown Chattanooga is for sale.

Four win Chattanooga small business awards

Published Mar. 29 2017

Three companies and a nonprofit received small business awards today from the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.

Volkswagen defends 'racy' TV spot for Chattanooga-built Atlas SUV [video]

Published Mar. 29 2017

Some people are saying that Volkswagen's first TV commercial for the Chattanooga-made Atlas sport utility vehicle may be too steamy.

Bird flu discovered at Northwest Georgia poultry breeding operation

Published Mar. 27 2017

Stepped up monitoring is underway after a flock of chickens at a commercial poultry breeding operation in Chattooga County, Ga.,...

First Things First CEO named 2017 Chattanooga Area Manager of the Year

Published Mar. 26 2017

The First Things First CEO oversees a staff of 11, a 500-person volunteer roster and a $1.5 million a year...

New Ooltewah shopping center to hold three restaurants

Published Mar. 21 2017

Three restaurants are headed for Ooltewah as the second phase of a shopping center has begun going up as part...

Personnel changes made atop Chattanooga's U.S. Xpress

Published Mar. 17 2017

Newly appointed U.S. Xpress Enterprises chief Eric Fuller says he plans to take part in a White House meeting in...

Outdoor retailer REI, Publix coming to Hamilton Place area

Published Mar. 16 2017

Outdoor clothing and gear retailer REI plans to open a Chattanooga store as it joins grocer Publix as part of...

Volkswagen eyeing another crossover to be made in Chattanooga

Published Mar. 15 2017

Volkswagen is looking at launching a new crossover that would come from the Atlas sport utility vehicle that's currently under...

Cloud software firm breaks previous startup financing record in Scenic City [video]

Published Mar. 14 2017

Setting a high mark for a round of venture funding for a Chattanooga startup, cloud software company Skuid has raised...

Southern Champion Tray turns 90 [photos]

Published Mar. 12 2017

Southern Champion Tray Chairman Chuck Zeiser recalls when the Chattanooga company was a four-person operation.


New report says Dalton high in business climate, low in workforce, entrepreneurship

Published Mar. 11 2017

A new report shows the Dalton, Ga., area ranks low among similar-sized metro areas in its workforce and in innovation,...

Life Care Centers founder Forrest Preston buys downtown Chattanooga landmarks

Published Mar. 9 2017

Two of downtown Chattanooga's most high-powered office buildings have a new owner, with the buyer and the seller offering two...

Officials propose commuter service from Cleveland to Chattanooga

Published Mar. 8 2017

With thousands of workers daily commuting from Bradley County to Chattanooga, planners are looking at bus and ridesharing services that...

Chattanooga-based playground equipment maker buys third company in 2017

Published Mar. 7 2017

Chattanooga-based playground equipment maker PlayCore has made its third acquisition since the start of 2017 with the purchase of an...

Dalton, Ga.-based Shaw Industries eyes next 50 years

Published Mar. 4 2017

Shaw Industries on Friday marked 50 years that saw the building of one of the world's biggest flooring companies, but...

Tremont townhouses adding to North Shore housing mix

Published Mar. 3 2017

More new housing is slated to go up on Chattanooga's North Shore as a developer tries to meet swelling demand...

$10 million data center opens in Chattanooga, adds jobs

Published Mar. 2 2017

An Atlanta company has started up a $10 million data center in Chattanooga, deciding to locate the facility here due...

VW sales climb in February on Chattanooga Passat

Published Mar. 1 2017

Volkswagen of America reported today that February sales rose 12.7 percent over the same month a year ago on higher...