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McKenzie Industrial Board Discusses Pottery Direct, Campbell Arms

Posted 10/10/18

McKENZIE (October 9) - McKenzie Industrial Board and Campbell Arms, a closed gun manufacturing facility on Hill Road, will meet in Carroll County Circuit Court on October 17.

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McKenzie Industrial Board Discusses Pottery Direct, Campbell Arms

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McKENZIE (October 9) - McKenzie Industrial Board and Campbell Arms, a closed gun manufacturing facility on Hill Road, will meet in Carroll County Circuit Court on October 17.

That was announced October 9 at the regularly scheduled meeting of the McKenzie Industrial Board at its office in the former depot building.

Dusty King, a Jackson attorney representing the McKenzie Industrial Board in the lawsuit against the closed Campbell Arms, spoke on behalf of the Industrial Board. The legal complaint is the company breached its lease agreements between the Industrial Board and the company.

Blaine Campbell, a principal in the former ownership group, had posted on social media in an attempt to get people to attend the meeting. He also contacted outside media sources, WBBJ and the Carroll County News-Leader to attend the meeting, which they did. Campbell did not attend.

Approximately eight persons attended the meeting in relation to Campbell Arms, which made a new financial offer from new investors to outright purchase the building.  The offer was less than the asking price.

Travis Ferguson of East Tennessee was there to represent Campbell Arms. However, the matter was not on the agenda. 

A person named Patrick N. Di Carlo filed a certificate of incorporation with the Tennessee Secretary of State. It listed the Hill Road address where Campbell Arms is located. It was filed in the name of American Phoenix Holding Corporation of 331 Hill Road, McKenzie.

In other business, the board heard the purchase transaction with a recently announced manufacturer, Pottery Direct, will finalize in early November. The company plans to locate in the former Nestaway building on Rochelle Store Road in the South McKenzie/County Airport Industrial Park. McKenzie IDB voted to pledge its certificates of deposit as collateral for a short-term loan to make the real estate transfer to Agricel, the company associated with Pottery Direct's lease/purchase.

The board approved to fund up to $8,000 for a feasibility study to help land a hotel in McKenzie. One of the areas of possibility is city-owned land known as the Morris Farm across from McKenzie High School.

Tim Waldo, a workforce development specialist with the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services, spoke about the services the agency provides for manufacturers. Waldo said the agency can provide information and guidance on management, leadership training, or even cybersecurity for any size manufacturing operation.

Mayor Jill Holland announced the city's Fall for McKenzie festival is over the weekend. She announced McKenzie Medical Center's Urgent Care is hiaving a ribbon-cutting at 10 a.m. on October 24. 

Frank Tate announced the Governor's Conference on Economic Development is the first week in November. McKenzie will have representatives at the conference.

Monica Heath will attend a retail conference in Atlanta in the coming weeks.

The writer of this story is a member of the McKenzie Industrial Board.

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