Crete trucking facility to create 388 jobs at speedway site

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A former speedway is on track to become the site of a maintenance center for a trucking firm that has agreed to hire 388 Tennesseans within three years after the facility is built.

Details of Crete Carrier Corp.'s plan to build off Interstate 40 on the former Atomic Speedway site were hammered out Tuesday in a meeting with Roane County and state officials.

"We are looking at, if things go well, a project that could be done as early as next summer," said Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of the Roane Alliance, which leads the county's economic development efforts.

Roane County officials were first told that Crete only planned to add 40 to 60 employees when it consolidated operations now in Knoxville and previously in Greeneville, Tenn.

"It's a much, much larger employment commitment than we had thought at first," Henderson said of the revised plans.

The average wage for workers reporting to the new facility will be $16.67 an hour, according to a letter that Crete Executive Vice President Karel Znamenacek Jr. sent to Roane County Executive Mike Farmer.

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