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Forcum Lannom contractors began the site work on a new industry in the McKenzie/Carroll County Airport Industrial Park. Pottery Direct, a ceramic flowerpot manufacturer will invest over $8 million to …
Forcum Lannom contractors began the site work on a new industry in the McKenzie/Carroll County Airport Industrial Park. Pottery Direct, a ceramic flowerpot manufacturer will invest over $8 million to establish production operations in McKenzie.
Pottery Direct plans to create approximately 40 jobs in Carroll County during the next three years. It is locating on Rochelle Store Road, across from the MTD distribution center.
McKenzie Industrial Board and the City of McKenzie worked with Pottery Direct over the past year to bring jobs to Carroll County. Last month, the county of Carroll approved an application with the Tennessee Department of Transportation to build an industrial access road to serve the company.
Pottery Direct is an international company with offices in North America, Europe and China. The company develops, imports and produces ceramic flowerpots.
“We chose Tennessee for a variety of reasons, first and foremost because 80 percent of the clay we used is mined nearby,” Company Directors Henk van Woerden and Marthijn van Woerden said. “Secondly, as we started the process we learned that the local natural gas provider (West Tennessee Public Utilities) has a unique competitive advantage as there are two major natural gas trunk lines passing through the community of McKenzie.