Here's the time lapse video of the new Farmers Market Park that was built in Brownsville in just 6 hours by the community!
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Minneapolis, MN (February, 2017) Precision Coils announces Matt Spink has been promoted to the position of general manager, reporting to Jay Althof, President, Unison Comfort Technologies.
Matt previously held positions in human resources, sales, and product management within the Greenheck Group for the past nine years. He holds both a bachelors and masters in engineering from the University of Minnesota and is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Wisconsin.
In addition to being a member of the Unison Comfort Technologies executive team; Matt’s energy and experience will provide solid leadership to deliver the “Right Fit, Right Now” to Precision Coils expanding customer base.
Precision Coils is a business of Unison™ Comfort Technologies. For more information, visit www.precision-coils.com or contact us at 200 Morgan Street, Brownsville, TN 38012, (901) 466-7300
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Wednesday, January 25, 2017
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BROWNSVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Teknor Apex officials announced today that the company will expand in Brownsville. Teknor Apex will invest $32.2 million and create 50 new jobs in Haywood County.
“Teknor Apex is Haywood County’s largest employer and it has been crucial part of the community’s economic success for nearly five decades,” Boyd said. “Its decision to further invest in Haywood County is a strong vote of confidence in the advantages Brownsville and Tennessee offer global companies – a skilled workforce, ready access to global markets and business climate that enables innovation and growth. On behalf of Team Tennessee, I’d like to thank Teknor Apex for choosing to create 50 new jobs and investing in both Haywood County and its residents.”
Teknor Apex plans to build a 200,000-square-foot distribution facility in the Brownsville-Haywood County Industrial Park. The expansion will allow Teknor Apex to grow the manufacturing units within its existing plant.
Teknor Apex is one of the world’s leading custom producers of compounds, composites and plastics. It currently manufacturers products for four divisions at its 1-million-square-foot Brownsville facility: nylon, vinyl, chemical and garden hoses. Teknor Apex’s compounds are used in various applications, ranging from wire and cable products to automotive, medical, consumer and industrial products.
“Teknor Apex is grateful to Haywood County, the City of Brownsville and the State of Tennessee for their continued support as we continue to invest in our shared future,” Rob Lincer, general manager of Teknor Apex in Brownsville, said. “We made a commitment to this facility and community almost 50 years ago and are proud to see it continue to grow. We are equally as proud of our employees, both present and past, that have made it possible.”
Teknor Apex is headquartered in Pawtucket, Rhode Island and has 20 facilities across the world. The company first established operations in Brownsville in 1971. Teknor Apex has continued to grow since locating in Brownsville, recently surpassing 600 employees with new hires over the past year.
Local officials applauded Teknor Apex for its decision to expand further in Haywood County.
“On behalf of the City of Brownsville, we are proud of the team effort to stimulate job creation and economic development through the expansion of Teknor Apex and its facilities,” Brownsville Mayor William D. Rawls, Jr. said. “As we recruit new industry, it is imperative that we sustain our existing industry by offering means of support.”
Brownsville and Haywood County are represented by Sen. Dolores Gresham (R – Somerville) and Rep. Craig Fitzhugh (D – Ripley) in the Tennessee General Assembly.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: TNECD.com. Follow us on Twitter: @TNECD. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/TNECD.
The Chamber of Commerce, partnered with Trin Photography, has released a CD entitled "A Uniquely Haywood" Christmas. The CD frames Haywood County homes and community in Christmas lights. The CD is available from the Chamber of Commerce for $10.00 for a limited time only.
During the November meeting of the Board of Directors of the Brownsville Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, the board unanimously voted to change the by-laws and restructure the leadership of the Chamber. Joe Barden, who served as the President of the Board, will now be the Chairman of the Board and the title of President and CEO of the Chamber is now the official title of Steve Hilton instead of Executive Director.
“We, as a board of directors, are very simply re-emphasizing faith in Steve’s leadership at the Chamber. He runs the day to day operation, and oversees all the functions of the Chamber as well”, said Barden. “The Board of Directors is charged with setting the budget and direction of the Chamber, and we have done that. We meet 6 times a year, and want our community to know that we have complete faith in the direction that the Chamber has taken over his tenure”.
Hilton will celebrate one year at the helm of the Chamber on November 30th, and during that time, seen the addition of several new businesses come to the community, a new festival and expansions to education. He was named the President of the West Tennessee Chamber Executives for 201-2017, and this year, to the Tennessee Chamber Institute Committee. This committee oversees the curriculum and operation of the Chamber Institute which certifies all of Tennessee’s Chamber of Commerce directors.
For more information, contact Steve Hilton, 731-772-2193
Monday, November 14, 2016- The Brownsville Haywood County Chamber of Commerce held its annual Awards Banquet on Thursday evening, November 3rd at the Wyatt Duke National Guard Armory in Brownsville. The attendees enjoyed a theme of “Night at the Oscars” for this year’s event.
Eleven people were honored at this years event. Categories were: Small Business, Richards-Cummins Real Estate, Business, First South Bank, Industry, Domtar Paper, Recycler, The Forked Deer, Volunteer, Clinton Neal, Educator, Allison Ferrell, and Ambassador, Glenn Stoots.
Carlton Veirs was selected as Man of the Year and Achana Jarrett the Woman of the Year.
Two new categories were added to this year’s line up, the “Uniquely Haywood” Award which was won by Jeremy Jones and the Lifetime Achievement Award, picked up by Allan Callery.
For more information, contact Steve Hilton, 731-772-2193 or visit the website at www.bhcchamber.org.
Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development presented ThreeStar awards at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville in October.
Steve Hilton, Chamber President, said that this year’s award marks the second decade that Haywood County has received the award. ThreeStar means that the Chamber, the County and our community receives state and federal grants for helping with community, economic and downtown growth and incentives. “The way that our county is certified means more improvements can be done through ThreeStar. It’s just one area that the Chamber strives to make sure that our county is recognized at the state level.”
The ThreeStar program is a vital component to Tennessee’s overall level of success, providing counties with a framework for continued economic and community strength. Annual participation in the ThreeStar program helps communities develop a strategy and a plan to address Governor Haslam’s five priorities for public policy that include: jobs and economic development; fiscal strength and efficient government; public safety; health and welfare; and education and workforce development. The program encourages local community leaders, representing the five program areas, the Joint Economic and Community Development Board, and other key community stakeholders to implement activities that will impact the quality of life issues and therefore, their global competitiveness.
Benefits of certification include a four percent discount on the required match rate for select state and federal grants. Participation in certain state programs, such as the TN Downtown Revitalization Program, Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program, and the Tourism Enhancement Grant Program require the county is ThreeStar certified. Additionally, certified counties designated as Tier 2 and Tier 3 are eligible for an annual grant to serve as seed money for activities focused on improving at least one of the measured areas of the program.
To learn more about the ThreeStar program, visit TN.gov/ECD/ThreeStar.
Contact: Bobby or Sue Bates, Celtic Society of West Tennessee, 731-845-5521
Steve Hilton, B-HC Chamber of Commerce, 731-772-2193
Achana Jarrett, Brownsville Arts Council, 731-772-4883
Sonia Outlaw-Clark, WT Delta Heritage Center, 731-779-9000
BROWNSVILLE TN (SEPTEMBER 7, 2016): Tuatha Dea, an award-winning Celtic rock band from Gatlinburg, Tenn., will be the headliner act at this year’s Celtic Fest September 17 and 18. The annual festival will be held on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville and will include a variety of regional performers, re-enactors and demonstrations throughout the two day event. Activities begin at 10 a.m. each day.
“Tuatha Dea is a family band with ties to Jackson,” says Bobby Bates, Celtic Society of West Tennessee president. “Their use of primitive drums blends with instruments such as guitars and Native American flutes to create an authentic sound and feel that draws the audience in.”
Conceived by Danny Millikin and his wife, Rebecca, Tuatha Dea includes their children and extended family members. The band’s name is adopted from an old Irish phrase that means “Children of the Gods.” Together they have created a Celtic drum circle sound accented by their flamboyant and energetic stage presence, complete with costumes. Attendees can experience their performances Saturday at 1:45 and 7 p.m., as well as 4 p.m., on Sunday.
Tuatha Dea currently has four albums to its credit and has toured with groups such as Seven Nations, Celtica, Raithkelter, Soar Patrol, Wendy Rule and many others while performing all over the U. S. and Canada. After winning first place in the Hard Rock Rising competition in Pigeon Forge last year, Tuatha Dea went on to place 15th at the worldwide contest that included over 10,000 bands.
“We are excited that Tuatha Dea will also be performing for our local high school students,” says Brownsville Chamber Director, and festival emcee, Steve Hilton. “This is a great opportunity for us to share our Celtic heritage with the youth while presenting them with an unforgettable show.”
Haywood High School students will get a treat Friday when the Brownsville Arts Council and the Chamber of Commerce present Tuatha Dea in a special “Arts in Education Week” performance.
“Because our mission is to cultivate the arts within the community, we are elated to present Tuatha Dea at Haywood High School as a preface to the upcoming Celtic Fest, “ says Arts Council Director Achana Jarrett. “The student’s exposure and the performance promises to be very impressive.”
Festivalgoers will also enjoy Northeast Arkansas Caledonian Drum and Pipe performers, the Birdsong School of Music Harps, Cara-Anne and the Minstrels, clogging by Sarah Rohde, Terrie K, Rob Millette, Catherine Koehler, John and Vickie Lecroy and Bobby and Sue Bates.
The Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization dedicated to researching and recreating pre-17th century European history will be onsite with an encampment that allows attendees to experience a little of what life was like during the Middle Ages.
The Celtic Society of West Tennessee is based in Jackson. Volunteers donate their time to create an authentic, family-friendly experience that includes Celtic food, music, one-of-a-kind merchandise and demonstrations. Celtic Fest is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit group who raises money each year for worthy causes throughout West Tennessee.
Admission is $6 per person, per day, or $5 with a nonperishable food donation. Children 12 and under are free. This is a rain or shine, family-friendly event.
For more information and complete Celtic Fest schdeule, please contact Bobby or Sue Bates at 731-845-5521, or visit the website: www.celticsocietyofwtn.org.
Sweet Angel and the Sweet Angel Blues Band will be the headliner act at the Delta Heritage Center Saturday night, July 16, during Summer Jamz Music Fest. The festival features live music and activities at various locations throughout Brownsville July 14-18.
BROWNSVILLE TN (JUNE 25, 2016): July's heat can't stop good music and five Brownsville organizations have found a way to combine them. Summer Jamz Music Fest is a five-day event that includes indoor and outdoor venues offering live music. The events are free and two activities offer attendees a chance to participate. The music festival begins Thursday, July 14 through Monday, July 18.
"This is our second year to present Summer Jamz," says Arts Director Achana Jarrett, "and we are super excited to 'turn up the heat' with lots of great music planned."
Thursday night kicks off with "Jammin' at Mr. Jimmy's," an open Blues jam at Jimmy's Farmers Market in downtown Brownsville. The West Tennessee Blues Society (WTBS) is hosting the event that offers an opportunity for everyone to be a part of the show. The WTBS Jam Band will perform and provide backup for those wishing to participate - just bring your instruments, voice, dancing shoes and love of the Blues. The jam session begins at 6 p.m., and Jimmy's will be grilling his famous burgers and more.
Friday evening will showcase hometown folks during "Brownsville Rootz." The Brownsville Arts Council will present local talents at Temple Adas Israel, North Washington St. Selections will include instrumentals and vocalist. The doors will open at 6 pm and music begins at 7.
Saturday will feature day long activities all around Brownsville, including tours of Dunbar Carver Museum (Jefferson St.) from 1-4 p.m., and the MindField (West Main) from 2-4 p.m., courtesy of Main Street Brownsville.
The Brownsville Chamber invites you to "pop-in" to local businesses for special Celtic performances from 1-3 p.m. Locations include The Forked Deer (1p), Food Giant (1:30p), The MindField (2p) and Sonic Drive-In (2:30). According to Chamber Director Steve Hilton, the "pop-up musicians will be offering a sample of the music that will be featured at CelticFest in September."
Saturday culminates with "Bluez, Soul & Rock 'n Roll" beginning at 5 p.m., at the Delta Heritage Center. Sweet Angel and the Sweet Angel Blues Band will headline the outdoor concert that also includes Rockabilly's Rayburn Anthony, the 901 Blues Band and Elam McKnight Band. Car enthusiasts are invited to cruise-in in their favorite rides and show off a little. Concessions will be on site and bleacher seating is available, or you are invited to bring your lawn chairs or blankets.
Sunday evening brings "Prayz in the Park" to the Brownsville Amphitheater. Beginning at 7 p.m., local choirs and groups will perform your favorite praise songs. Again bring your lawn chairs and enjoy a Sunday evening on the square.
Summer Jamz will conclude on Monday night with "Open Mic Monday." This event will highlight the spoken word including poetry, short stories and song. Registration begins at 6 p.m., at the Delta Heritage Center.
All events are free, family-friendly and suitable for any ages. For more information about any of the Summer Jamz events, contact the Delta Heritage Center at 731-779-9000 or visit www.facebook.com/summerjamfest
Brownsville, TN, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 – The Brownsville Haywood County Chamber of Commerce announces its first ever “Meet the Candidates” forum for the candidates for the 8th Congressional District of Tennessee. Several Republican and Democratic candidates have accepted the invitation to introduce themselves to the attendees of the event which will be held on Thursday evening, May 26th, 7:00 PM at the Ann Marks Performing Arts Center on College Hill in Brownsville.
Steve Hilton, Executive Director of the Chamber will moderate the event. Senator Ed Jackson (R-Madison, Crockett, Dyer, Lake and Lauderdale Counties) and Representative Craig Fitzhugh (D-Lauderdale, Crockett, Haywood) will introduce their respective party candidates, who will give a short background and will be posed questions from the media.
The event will be recorded for television broadcast in the West Tennessee broadcast markets, and is free and open to the public in Haywood County as well as the surrounding counties that the 8th US Congressional district represents. The candidates are all vying for the post currently held by Congressman Stephen Fincher, who announced he will not seek re-election earlier this year.
For more information, contact Steve Hilton, Executive Director, 731-772-2193 or visit the website at www.bhcchamber.org.
High school diploma or GED
Background check required
Clean drug screen required
Manufacturing or similar experience preferred
Brownsville Chamber of Commerce issues 3 Star Grants
Friday, April 08, 2016 - The Brownsville Haywood County Chamber of Commerce announces the award of the 2016 3 Star grant to the city of Brownsville for Economic Development, and to Career Ready under the pillars of Retail and Workforce Development. Brownsville’s grant portion of $5,000 will be used to train individuals in retail recruiting this June. The money will be used for the course and training materials, so that Brownsville will have the tools needed to actively and precisely recruit businesses to the city. Mayor Bill Rawls has selected Steve Hilton, Executive Director of the Chamber, as well as Almeta Ellis, Assistant to the Mayor to participate in the training.
Hilton said that this training is crucial to identifying the specific needs of brokers who are seeking properties in cities. “They are looking to locate in certain areas of the country and that may mean Brownsville. This training will allow us to identify the exact perimeters of what they are looking for and present it to them.” he said. “It will then be a yes or no proposition”
Mayor Rawls added, “I feel this investment will open endless doors for retail development.”
The $5,000 presented to the Career Ready program will be to help buy course materials to further train the workforce in Haywood County according to Hilton. Dr. Allan Sterbinsky, who oversees the Career Ready program in the county said “The $5,000 Three Star grant helps more Haywood County residents earn their Career Ready Certificates at no cost. Earning a Career Ready Certificate gives residents a competitive advantage in applying for jobs, but also helps us bring more jobs to Haywood County.”
Hilton added that the money could not have a better use as far as the Chamber is concerned. “Our goal is growth of commerce and community. I think we’ve hit a home run this year” he said.
For more information, contact Steve Hilton, Executive Director, 731-772-2193 or visit the website at www.bhcchamber.org.
Main Street Brownsville will be cranking up downtown Brownsville at the amphitheater Saturday, April 23rd, 6:00-9:00 pm. The fragrance of food will be in the air and the music will be rocking. Bring a blanket or lawn chair but be prepared to dance the night away. Invite your friends and family to join us for a casual night in downtown Brownsville where the fun has just begun.
The event will open with the smooth eclectic sound by our localHatchie Blues Band featuring Mr. Sammy Flagg. The Hatchie Blues Band is a favorite at Mr. Jimmy’s Farmers Market.
Headlining the event will be The Sensation Band & DJ Combo, Memphis, TN. They have entertained audiences around the United States with their high energy and contagious sound. Combining state of the art sound and lighting, The Sensation Band & DJ Combo have been voted Best of Gig masters 2013, 2014, 2015 and received the Rising Star Award in 2013 & 2015. Their music list ranges from Van Morrison, to Otis Redding, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye.
Raisin’ Cain, winner of numerous competition awards and one Best of Award will be serving up his famous BBQ sandwiches, BBQ nachos,ribs and more for a taste of southern smoke shack goodness. Food Giant will also be grilling rib eye steak sandwiches which are sure to please.
For more information, contact Mary Ann Sharpe, Main Street Brownsville Director, 731-277-9320, and like us on Face book for other events happenings in the Main Street District.
BROWNSVILLE TN (March 13, 2016): The Celtic Society of West Tennessee is pleased to announce the new location for its annual CelticFest. This year marks the 11th year for the event and will be held on the grounds of the West Tennessee Delta Heritage Center in Brownsville, Tenn. The Heritage Center, along with the Brownsville-Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, are partnering with the Celtic Society to present the two-day festival September 17-18.
"The location in Brownsville is right off of I-40 and a more central location for most of our members and vendors," says Bobby Bates, Celtic Society president. "It will be easy for our attendees to find and we believe this is an opportunity to celebrate our shared Celtic heritage with more people."
Celtic is sometimes mistakenly thought of as just describing the culture of Scotland and Ireland. However, at one time, the Celts inhabited all of Western Europe. According to Bates, nine Celtic nations still remain.
"You may not think of Celtic as being a part of West Tennessee heritage, but there are many people in our region with Celtic roots and they are dedicated to keeping that culture alive," says Sonia Outlaw-Clark, Heritage Center director. "That ties in perfectly with our mission and we are excited to host the festival."
The West Tennessee group is based in Jackson and includes members from Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas, as well as other areas of the country. Volunteers donate their time to create an authentic, family-friendly experience that includes Celtic food, music, one-of-a-kind merchandise and demonstrations.
According to Chamber Director Steve Hilton, Brownsville's central location and its proximity to Interstate 40 makes good sense for the event. But there are other reasons, too. "We will have guests staying overnight," says Hilton, "and since our hotels are right next door to the action it will be very convenient to simply walk out your door to join the fun."
Hilton also points out that the location is highly visible to travelers exiting the interstate for gas or food. "With 35,000 cars a day traveling by us on I-40, this gives us an opportunity to grow the festival and attract more people to stay longer in Brownsville."
CelticFest is the primary fundraiser for the non-profit group who raises money each year for worthy causes throughout West Tennessee. Admission is $6 per person, per day or $5 with a nonperishable food donation. Children 12 and under are free. This is a rain or shine, family-friendly event.
For more information about CelticFest, please contact Bobby or Sue Bates at 731-845-5521, or visit the website: www.celticsocietyofwtn.org.
Executive Director Named New President of the West
Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives
During the quarterly meeting of the West Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives, Brownsville/Haywood County Chamber Director Steve Hilton was named as the President of the group. He will serve a two year term as the group’s President, succeeding Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce.
“I am honored to be selected to serve as the President, it will allow us to highlight our Chamber even more as I will be able to work with Chamber Directors all over West Tennessee for insight and increasing the visibility of our Chambers, including our own,” Hilton said. “Not only will I be able to show them how Uniquely Haywood we are, but I’ll be able to make lots of contacts in our industry to further promote Haywood County as well as our efforts to increase awareness of all of our communities.”
He takes office at the next meeting of the group in June of this year.
For more information, contact Steve Hilton, Executive Director, 731-772-2193
Brownsville Chamber of Commerce launches new
The Brownsville Haywood County Chamber of Commerce launched its new website, www.bhcchamber.org on March 1st. The website is the culmination of nearly two and a half years of research in selecting the design and content to best serve its membership.
The website was designed by Younger and Associates of Jackson, Tennessee and the content was researched by members of the chamber. Steve Hilton, Chamber Executive Director, said, “It was a lot of intensive searching and gathering to get it like we needed it to be. The site is very user friendly, but is also very detailed as to what services we can offer to members and prospective members.”
Gem Bell, past president of the Chamber who began the initial project, said that the project was begun as a need to help promote our community businesses, give them a tool to promote their businesses and be a showcase to draw others to Haywood County. “Our Executive Board and Planning Committee undertook a two-year process for funding and bidding so that we could have the best product to highlight Haywood County, and I think we have it.”
Current Board President Clinton Francis said that he was blown away by how well it turned out and couldn’t be happier with the result. “I appreciate the leadership of the Board in getting this done, as well as our director for taking this project to the next level and getting it on line in the short time he’s been here. We’re extremely excited to offer this new tool to our membership for their use and as a recruiting tool for new business, industry, commerce and community.”
Hilton said that he appreciates the help of Kayla Taylor, Marketing Services Manager at Younger and Associates for being his liaison. “She delivered everything I asked for, and we were able to launch it on the goal we set,” he said. “I’d sure recommend their services if you’re looking for a top notch website.”
The Chamber’s new website offers information, live links to book meeting rooms, an interactive Facebook portal and will expand with more community information as it develops in the future.
For more information, contact Steve Hilton, Executive Director, 731-772-2193 or visit the website at www.bhcchamber.org.