MORRISTOWN (WATE) - An area city is so proud of it's manufacturing, there is now an exhibit highlighting all the town's work. We are talking key components in everything from airplanes to milk cartons made right here in East Tennessee.
Inside Morristown's old high school, you'll find the Rose Center. While the center normally focuses on the arts, for the rest of this month you'll find an exhibit highlighting industry in the area.
"They actually go hand and hand very well. Economic development and industry development is enhanced by a strong arts scene in a community," said Director Drew Ogle.
Ogle oversees the center, including a museum gallery featuring more than 30 artisans. But when local businessman and Rose Center board member Pete Barile came to him with this first ever "Made in Morristown" idea, he said it was a no brainer.
After such a positive response, maybe Barile's idea will lead to a new nickname for the city.
"Maybe Morristown is the current Secret City," Barile told us. "We are trying to break that secret and let the world know what we do here."
Barile says through research, he discovered that products we all use everyday can be traced back to Morristown.
Things like Colgate toothpaste, the colorant used in milk jugs, cash register receipts and even jet engine parts are all made in Morristown.
"I was surprised myself," Barile said, "We make products in Morristown used daily used by more than 200 million people in the world."
Just to be clear, a lot of the things made here are components of final products, but no matter how big or small, there is definitely a lot of pride here, just like their logo states: "Made in Morristown with pride."
Barile's company is Daniel Paul Chairs. Chances are you've sat in one of his chairs. We'll tell you why when we feature his company in an upcoming Made in Tennessee.
The Made in Morristown exhibit it will be open to the public through the end of the month and there is already talk about some permanent displays around town.