Greg Lowe

Director of Economic Development

City of Lewisburg
131 East Church St.
P.O. Box 1968
Lewisburg, TN 37091

(931) 359-1544 - Office
(931) 993-7499 - Cell

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Forgie's Fruit Farm Event to Celebrate 20 Years

Veteran or Beginner, Tennessee Peach Farmers Have Reason to Celebrate This Summer
Thursday, July 17: Forgie’s Fruit Farm
Bill Forgie
2000 Collier Road, Lewisburg, TN   37091  (Marshall County)

Who:  All media are invited.  Local officials are also encouraged to attend. Lunch will be provided for those who RSVP to Pamela Bartholomew, Tennessee Department of Agriculture Agritourism Coordinator, at or 615-837-5348.
Time: Media day activities will begin at 11:00 a.m. local time.

Nashville, July 13 –   Forgie’s Fruit Farm near Lewisburg is turning 20.  Up north of Nashville near Springfield, a 25 year old farmer is just getting started in the orchard business.  Both have good reason to celebrate this summer, though: peaches.
Tennessee’s climate doesn’t guarantee a peach crop every year.  In fact, Tennessee spring frosts allow for a bumper peach crop just about once every five years, depending on where in the state the orchard is located.  This year, most of Middle Tennessee just missed a capricious late freeze that damaged crops to the east but left orchards like Forgie’s and Red River Farm poised for a peachy summer.
Pick Tennessee Products will host media days to get the word out about this year’s crop at Red River Farm on Tuesday, July 15, and at Forgie’s Fruit Farm on Thursday, July 17.  At each Pick Tennessee Products Media Day, participating media can interview farmers and area officials in attendance, get footage and photographs of visitors and receive a “goody bag” including digital images and information about local foods and farms. 
In Tyler Sneed’s case, young doesn’t mean inexperienced.  Sneed is a 4thgeneration farmer who currently farms blackberries, concord grapes, soybeans, corn, wheat and  tobacco in addition to the 500 trees that will be loaded with peaches through August.  Sneed lives on the farm in an old tobacco barn he converted into a living space overlooking the Red River.  Sneed will serve cobbler made with the farm’s blackberries and peaches, plus peach ice cream.
The Forgie family makes their years of experience count.  Just last year they grew the world’s largest peach with a variety that weighed in just under 3 lbs.  The farm has beautifully manicured rows of fruit trees, but also offers pick your own sweet corn, tomatoes, melons and other popular types of produce.  Media will be treated to a wagon ride through the picturesque community, as well as treated to a barbecue luncheon with homemade peach cobbler peach cheese cake.
Tuesday, July 15:  Red River Farm
Tyler Sneed
5350 Draper Road, Springfield, TN (Robertson County)

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

CKNA Grand Opening of New Facility in Lewisburg, TN

Calsonic Kansei of North America held its Grand Opening of a new 310,000 sq. ft. facility in Lewisburg, TN today. This great event coincides with the 30th Anniversary of CKNA in Lewisburg and sets the stage for many more productive years of partnership between the company and the community to come.

Above, the video shows one of the many Automated Guided Vehicles in use at the new high-tech facility to move parts and products from floor to trucks for transport.

Friday, May 23, 2014

Lewisburg Manufacturers' Association Golf Tournament 2014

This year's overall tournament winner was the team from
the Spot Lowe Technology Center.
L-R - Frank Musgrave, Roy Haislip, Brian Borton and Lyn Stacey.
In appreciation of our local industry in Lewisburg and Marshall County, the Lewisburg Industrial Development Board sponsors a day of golf for industry leaders and related agencies at Saddle Creek Golf Course in Lewisburg.
This year, the event was held on May 22 with 19 teams from local industries and related agencies participating. The fun day of golf ended with a pork sliders and chicken wings served by the staff at Saddle Creek where winners and door prizes were announced.
Thanks to the many sponsors of the event, almost everyone came away a winner this year.
On behalf of the people of Lewisburg and Marshall County, THANK YOU to our more than 55 manufacturing companies that are keeping our communities working and moving forward.
Winner of the H&S Pharmacy Gift Basket
was Joe Liggett of the CKNA-Waste Management Team
presented by Dina Crigger of H&S Pharmacy.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Spot Lowe Technology Center Students Learn On Site

Wayne Wolf of Imperial Foods goes over the construction processes taking place in the Imperial Foods Building with engineering students from Spot Lowe Technology Center
Students from Frank Musgrave's Engineering Course at the Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg took a tour of the Imperial Foods building under construction in the I-65
Commerce Park to learn on-site about how drawings become actual buildings.
Jim Patterson of St. John Engineering talks with Spot Lowe Technology Center engineering students at the Imperial Foods construction site in the I-65 Commerce Park
Spot Lowe Principal Lyn Stacey and Mr. Musgrave brought a group of students from MCHS, Forrest High School and Cornersville High School to the construction site to meet with Buck Beard, Lewisburg Public Works Director, Jim Patterson of St. John Engineering, Wayne Wolf of Imperial Foods, and Greg Lowe, Lewisburg Director of Economic Development.
Beard and Patterson discussed the process for obtaining permits to construct from architectural drawings and stormwater and drainage to building plan approvals and site development.
Wayne Wolf of Imperial Foods talked about the company that expanded to Lewisburg from Illinois that will make food for retail and military services. Wolf gave the students a tour of the building on the inside and talked about the process of construction required for a food service company.
Spot Lowe Technology Center is a vocational training facility in Lewisburg for Middle School and High School students to learn skills of trade from engineering, CNC machining, Automotive Technology, Industrial Maintenance Safety, Residential Electricity, Criminal Justice, Health Sciences, Welding and Cosmetology.