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CoreTech Park set for S. Hartmann Dr.

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"Then we looked at local access to 200 acres to expand this park into," Quinn said, pointing out that also eliminated some other sites that had been under consideration. And, he added, CoreTech officials were looking for a site that was east of the Nashville International Airport where traffic flow is much easier as compared to the west of Nashville.

"All those factors came into play," he said, adding the decision was made easier, also by "the cooperation from Mayor Don Fox and his staff, G.C. Hixson (executive director of the Joint Economic & Community Development Board of Wilson County) and Sue Siens (Lebanon city liaison). It was a combination of those factors."

He noted that the city, county and state "have welcomed us with open arms, and we already feel at home here. This will be a great partnership. This community offers an excellent location, great schools and a quality workforce. We will be bringing several hundred white collar jobs with our company, and potentially thousands more as CoreTech Park develops in the future."

Scott Brett, chief executive officer, said, "We believe we have found the best location for the future success of our company, and the other technology firms that will be joining us in CoreTech Park."

"We’ve been working with them for a year-and-a-half," Siens said on Thursday, noting company officials looked also at surrounding counties in which to locate the business park.

CoreTech is not seeking anything out of the ordinary in terms of incentives, but is seeking the standard ones already in place for businesses locating to a new site.

In addition to local and state incentives, Quinn said infrastructure development assistance is being sought through the city and the Tennessee Department of Transportation.

Some rezoning will be needed for the site, as well. Siens said CoreTech is to be on the agenda at the Lebanon Planning Commission’s Oct. 28 meeting.

Quinn said CoreTech is also hoping to work closely with Cumberland University and its new engineering degree program.

"We’re very pro-education," he said, emphasizing the need for science and engineering majors in entering the green technology field.

Company officials, Quinn said, want CoreTech Park "to be the green technology think-tank for the world."

The park will draw other green technology companies which will need employees with science and engineering backgrounds.

Quinn said CoreTech and other companies want to become involved with junior high and high schools, junior colleges and colleges in the area.

News like that makes Harvill Eaton’s day. He is the president of Cumberland University, and he and Quinn have been working together for more than a year on their common goals.

"It’s exciting," Eaton said. "That kind of action is vital to the continuing growth of the county and city. This is one of those precipitating events," he said, "in terms of economic development. I’m pleased to be part of the welcoming team and working with them"

Eaton said he met Quinn as Cumberland officials were planning on introducing the engineering degree program. He noted that his conversations with Quinn "made me feel confident" with Cumberland’s plans.

In addition, he said, CoreTech and other such firms can also draw from Cumberland’s Labry School of Business and Economics.

Eaton said he hoped that the companies will not only hire Cumberland graduates but will also use the University for training purposes and degree advancement for employees.

"We are thrilled that Lebanon will be home to the nation’s first Green Technology Business Park," said Mayor Don Fox. "CoreTech will put Lebanon on the map as a worldwide destination for innovation and technology, research and development. We will have top-paying, white collar jobs, and that is something we have been actively recruiting for many years. This development offers tremendous opportunities for our children to have careers in the latest technologies."

Although cellular concrete is made by other firms as well, CoreTech’s chemistry has created a type that is lightweight concrete with a Portland cement base that contains small air bubbles uniformly distributed throughout the concrete. Wall panels made of cellular concrete can be used in the construction of homes or commercial buildings at a better price than conventional construction.

The cellular concrete will not rot, mildew, be eaten by termites or burn. It will not crack, either, making the product good to be used in earthquake-prone areas.

It does not have problems with freezing or thawing and can be used in the construction of roads as well.

CoreTech is also looking into other technologies that will allow old tires and household wastes to be recycled into new products and also looking into products that will absorb oil from water when an oil spill occurs, thereby allowing for environmental clean-up and reclaiming the oil itself.

CoreTech Park will be located south of I-40 on Franklin Road, approximately one-half mile to the west of the South Hartmann Drive exit.

The first phase will include development of about 50 acres and the construction of several buildings, Quinn said. It will be visible from I-40.

Siens said the initial investment in the business park is $50-$60 million.

Quinn is a native of Stewart County. He went to school in Clarksville and worked with NASA and the U.S. Department of Defense.

"I’m proud to be back in Tennessee," he said, adding that while the fact that he is a native of the state did not have anything directly to do with CoreTech locating here, "it sure did make me happy."

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