UNICOI COUNTY, TN – Unicoi County leaders continue their quest to bring more businesses to the region just days after CSX announced it would reduce rail operations in Erwin and eliminate almost 300 jobs in the region.
One new business that is close to opening up in the county is Mountain Harvest Kitchen, a commercial kitchen that can be used by industry professionals and amateurs.
“It will allow to people to come in perhaps start their own business in the food industry,” said Town of Unicoi Mayor Johnny Lynch.
Once completed, cooks can prepare, can, and label food products under inspection and then sell those goods to grocery stores.
Lynch told News Channel 11, city leaders and volunteers began working on the project 7 years ago.
“Phase one has just now been completed on the building and we’re ready to start the process of phase two,” said Lynch.
Completing phase two includes putting the final touches on the 30 year old building to equip it with all the things that cooks may need.
“Total it’s about a $1 million project, most of it is grant related,” said Lynch.
Mayor Lynch said if the business is successful it could give Unicoi County a much needed economic boost.
“The spin off of it equals jobs, we think that there’s the possibility of creating a few hundred jobs out of this facility.”
Lynch said if all goes well, by spring the mountain harvest kitchen will be cranking out goods and selling them to grocery stores throughout the region.
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