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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-

dustrial sector.

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-

ment facility.

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

sewage material.

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