Hickory Ground Solutions Helps East Tennessee's Manufacturing Community

Dec 09, 2013, 17:00 ET from Hickory Ground Solutions

HEATHSVILLE, Va., Dec. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hickory Ground Solutions, a Heathsville, Va., based company, is seeking ways to rebuild supply chains and improve employment opportunities in East Tennessee's tri-cities area which includes Johnson City, Kingsport, and Bristol.

With a contract from the Small Business Administration (SBA), Hickory Ground Solutions is teaming with Supply Chain Visions LLC, a consulting firm based in Boston, Mass., and Arlington, Va., as part of the SBA's Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program.

The program aims to create well-paying manufacturing jobs in various regions of the United States.

Coal was once the area's industry king. However, it is being knocked off the throne because of tougher regulations and offshore drilling.

Working with the local business development leaders the Hickory Ground Solutions and Supply Chain Visions team will analyze the area to see what type of manufacturing can be developed and what it takes to do it.

They will study what resources are available and the financial impact on the community. Another goal is to increase small business participation in manufacturing and supplies.

Area businesses that are able to work together, as well as local business suppliers will be identified with the hopes of creating well-paying manufacturing jobs and rebuild supply chain flows throughout the manufacturing communities.

The team will look to stabilize their manufacturing industry and push to grow their economy. The team's mapping methodology will provide the necessary framework to grasp the underlying supply chain flows – and their interdependencies – in order to identify opportunity.

"Many times business people overlook the nearby area and don't know who has what to offer," said Bart Morrison, Hickory Ground Solutions' Chief Executive Officer.

Matchmaking sessions to aid in bridging the gap between buyers and sellers are planned for next year.

Founded in 2008, Hickory Ground Solutions is an operationally mature, customer-centric, and process driven 8(a) Native American Owned business. HGS is an innovator in the delivery of strategic consulting services to achieve measurable and lasting business results; including various IT Solutions from API architectures to Cyber Security Training, Cyber Risk Analysis, Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Solutions, and Training.

SOURCE Hickory Ground Solutions