Eco-Panels of Tennessee has opened a new facility in Clay County’s Hermitage Springs.
Eco-Panels of Tennessee builds and distributes energy efficient wall units used in residential and commercial construction. President Josh Beasley said about eight employees currently work at the factory.
“For a number of years, Clay County has been identified as a distressed county, as far as employment opportunities go,” Beasley said. “So, it is really important to us. We hope it makes an incredible impact on the community.”
Eco-Panels opened its new facility in the former Oshkosh building off Highway 52. Beasley said the plant could provide up to 40 jobs in the years to come. The majority of the panels produced will be distributed within the region.
“Our product is recognized by the Department of Energy of the US government as a net zero ready home building product,” Beasley said. “So, if someone wanted to build a home that basically used no energy, we are one of the products that they need to make that happen.”
Beasley said the panels provide superior insulating qualities over traditional stick framed type buildings. Eco-Panel walls are also two times stronger than traditionally framed homes, providing a safer, energy efficient home for customers.
The Hermitage Springs location will also produce and ship panels nationally to its sister company Honest Abe’s Log Homes.