Herald Chronicle, 2018 Leadership Franklin County—5
he Franklin County Leader-
ship program went on the
third field trip of the class on
Nov. 1, this time to the local area’s in-
First on the schedule was a trip
to Winchester Utilities where George
Powell, human resource manager,
spoke to the group about the compa-
ny’s responsibilities to deliver power
and water to residents of the area.
Powell also talked about how Win-
chester Utilities recently won best
water in the state and how it will be
going to the national competition in
From there, the group headed to
the Winchester water plant for a tour.
Adam Benton, plant manager, took
the group on the tour and explained
how the plant processes and filters
the water for a clean usable result.
Benton also covered how the clean
water then can be pumped back into
Tims Ford Lake.
After the water treatment plant,
it was off to one of the most notori-
ous places on the program’s trail — a
tour of the Winchester Waste Treat-
Jason Allman, wastewater super-
intendent, talked to the group about
how the plant disposes of sewage
with the help of organisms and mul-
tiple filters. The plant breaks down
the hazardous buildup of debris that
are natural byproducts of human
Once the tour of the waste
treatment facility was over, the
group boarded vans headed for
the Nissan North America Decherd
Powertrain plant, one of the larg-
est and most advanced manufac-
turing plants in the country.
On the tour, the group got to
see how manufacturing uses ro-
bots and the latest technology to
assemble motors and other prod-
ucts in seconds with a motor com-
ing off the line every 17 seconds.
Next up was a presentation
by Erik Cole, maintenance senior
manager, who showed how the
plant has grown in 20 years in
Decherd from a small assembly
plant to the largest manufacturing
plant in the United States.
In terms of the diverse amount
of output that is made in the facil-
ity, product, such as motors, crank-
shafts, forging and casting, are all
done at the Nissan plant. The class
even got to race a robot tracing a de-
sign, thus showing how much faster
and accurate automation is by using
After all the excitement at Nis-
san, the group headed next door
to the Infiniti assembly plant for a
much-needed lunch break.
From the time the group walked
in the door to where it reached a pic-
ture out front by the company’s In-
finiti logo, the emphasis on making
visitors welcome was second to none.
While at the plant, the Leader-
ship participants learned about how
the plant came about, and, despite
the advanced technology manufac-
turing facility, a singular element
resounded throughout the whole vis-
it — the human factor is very much a
huge part of daily operations.
The Leadership class loaded
up the vans and headed to Phoenix
Boats’ manufacturing facility which
was the next stop on the agenda.
The company constructs high-
end bass fishing boats where the
style, shape and color are customized
for the customer. The group also got
to see where the boats are made in
reverse order from the car-making
The long day would continue to
the Southern Tennessee Regional
Health System for a tour of the
wound care and cardiac treatment
The group learned about hyper-
baric chambers and how they can
heal diabetic wounds and the holistic
approach that the hospital takes to-
ward patient care.
Finally, after a great day of tour-
ing the local manufacturing plants,
Winchester Utilities and the hospi-
tal, the day would be concluded by
a couple more presentations at the
Chamber of Commerce office.
The first was done by Gene
Seaton, Franklin County industri-
al recruiter. He talked about how
Franklin County attracts potential
industrial prospects to come to
the area and how it helps Frank-
lin County expand and sustain the
growth it has had.
Last on the agenda was a pre-
sentation by Ramay Winchester,
Retire TN program director.
She talked about how the or-
ganization gets people to retire in
the state of Tennessee and Frank-
lin County, targeting residents
from northern states who want to
escape colder weather.
Leadership group members took a tour around the Winchester Utilities treatment plant and got to
see that once everything is treated, it all goes back into Tims Ford Lake.
—Staff Photo by Seth Byrd
Economic and Community Development Day
23 S. College St. Winchester