Aggregates USA has been granted permission to extend its quarry in Blountville near Tri-Cities Airport, Tennessee.
Expansion is necessary because it will only last 10 more years, according to Jim McGill, with Aggregates USA, in a report in the Herald Courier.
Aggregates USA owns the quarry. The expansion would give the quarry an additional five years.
The company submitted a rezoning request for two parcels of land it owns off of Shipley Ferry Road that are adjacent to the quarry to be used for the expansion. The commission approved the rezoning request 14-9 Monday.
McGill said the quarry is essential to life in the region because Aggregates USA supplies products for surrounding businesses.
“There’s a greater economic effect to our being here than just ourselves because we’re supporting our suppliers and our vendors and supporting our customers and their business with our products,” he said.
Ted Bryant, executive vice president at Summers Taylor Inc., said the quarry is essential to the company, which operates a facility across the road from the quarry.
“It is very imperative we be able to get rock from this quarry,” he said. “This product that we produce does supply some aggregates and asphalt to surrounding counties, which is good for Sullivan County. If this quarry does cease to operate in a few years we would probably have to move also.”
Prior to coming before the commission, the rezoning request went before the Kingsport and Sullivan County planning commissions. Sullivan County approved the request and Kingsport did not.
The next step for Aggregates USA is presenting details of what will be done with the rezoned parcels to the county’s Board of Zoning Appeals.