Former Heritage Glass building may have new occupants; 100 new manufacturing jobs expected

KINGSPORT, TN (WJHL) – Kingsport city leaders revealed in a meeting Tuesday night that new jobs may be coming to the area. Kingsport’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen added a last-minute agenda item regarding the former Heritage Glass site on Lincoln Street in Kingsport.

News Channel 11 was at the meeting and said the agenda item was added in to pass a resolution about an incentive for the new company coming into the facility, and it passed 7-0.

“We have an opportunity to enter into a new lease with a company that is going to go back in and start up the former Heritage Glass property” Chairman of Kingsport’s Economic Development Board Bill Dudney said. “This is a great opportunity for Kingsport. There is a potential for 100 jobs going back into that plant and work and that’s what we are all about, trying to create jobs for the City of Kingsport, so it’s a win-win for the city.”

He added that one of the incentives that the economic development board is offering the new company is a 5-year pilot on property taxes.

We asked Dudney when they plan to announce and reveal who the new company moving into the old Heritage Glass facility is, and he said it would be announced within the next 30 days.

“We have an agreement in principal with the company that is coming to Kingsport,” Dudney said. “They just have to work out some of their details with their investors, so that’s what we are waiting on at this time.”

Dudney this new company will offer manufacturing jobs.

“They are manufacturing jobs. They will be manufacturing primarily solar glass used in that industry and they’ve got some great technology that they are going to employ. They will be improving the plant, adding automation to that plant,” he said.

Dudney said he believes employment opportunities at the new plant will be available soon.

“I think it will happen very quickly over the next few month,” he said. They want to get up and running very, very quickly, and the good news is the plant basically has been in an idle form, so the start up should not be that timely.”

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