Business Briefs: Work to begin on Whitwell plant

Business Briefs: Work to begin on Whitwell plant

August 17th, 2013 by Dave Flessner in Business Around the Region

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."