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Welcome to Teknovation Weekend. This special section brings you stories on established businesses here in Knoxville, as well as economic news and ongoing trends. If you have news items you would like to share with us, please email news@teknovation.biz.

Knoxville Chamber to host 2022 Shrimp Boil at Jackson Terminal

By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA After a couple of years of not offering it due to COVID-19, the Knoxville Chamber will once again host its annual Shrimp Boil, “Peelin’, Eatin’, Politickin’” event on June 16 in-person. The two-hour gathering will bring together local elected officials as well…

Pilot Company to hold hiring event to fill 10,000 jobs nationwide

Pilot Company is holding a “Hiring Day” event next week to fill around 10,000 jobs at company-operated travel centers and restaurants in the U.S. and Canada to prepare for the summer travel season. Pilot is looking for both full- and part-time team members. The event will be held on May…

SOAR award, an acquisition, and a new product launch headline this week’s roundup

(EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region. If you have some business news that you would like to be included in Teknovation Weekend, please email us at news@teknovation.biz.) Local Lab and Stephenson family recognized with SOAR award Materials and Chemistry Laboratory Inc. of Oak…

RTG selected as lead developer of 500,000 square foot biodefense-focused manufacturing facility

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Durham, NC-headquartered Heat Biologics Inc., which will officially change its name to NightHawk Biosciences Inc. on May 3, has announced plans to construct a more than 500,000 square foot biodefense-focused manufacturing facility in Manhattan, KS, and Knoxville-based Realty Trust Group (RTG), an affiliate of…

Housing inventory drops, inflation and labor woes continue to impact local businesses

By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA The Knoxville Chamber’s March “Economic Conditions Outlook” report was released earlier this month. The labor shortage and inflation issues continue to have an impact on local businesses. Meanwhile, housing costs continue to increase as inventory runs short. Businesses in the manufacturing sector…

Radio Systems Corp finds a new CEO and other Knoxville business news

New Hires Radio Systems Corporation has hired Rob Candelino as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Candelino will replace Willie Wallace, who retired after 27 years with the company. Candelino will assume the role on May 16. Prior to joining Radio Systems, he was the CEO of Unilever in Thailand…

Panelists reminisce on 1982 World’s Fair and its lasting impact on Knoxville

By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA Earlier this week the Knoxville Chamber hosted “The World’s Fair Meant Business” panel, celebrating the upcoming 40th anniversary of the Fair and providing details of its lasting legacy on local businesses. Doug Lawyer, Vice President of Economic Development at the Chamber, was…

Covenant Health Senior VP provides insights on tech in healthcare for Chamber

By Kailyn Lamb, Marketing Content Writer and Editor, PYA Earlier this month, Dr. Mandy Halford, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer at Covenant Health, presented during a Knoxville Chamber webinar focused on “Technology in Healthcare.” Telehealth has become an increasingly important part of daily life as the early stages…