published Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Under Construction: Employee wellness center will double in size, scope

Southern Champion Tray is building a new wellness center for its 400 employees on the company's site at 220 Compress St.
Southern Champion Tray is building a new wellness center for its 400 employees on the company's site at 220 Compress St.
Photo by Jay Bailey.

Project: Southern Champion Tray Wellness Center renovation

Owner: Southern Champion Tray

Location: 220 Compress St.

Size: 5,000 square feet

Contractor: Sexton Construction Corporation

Scope: This two-story wellness center will double in size and be open 24/7 to Southern Champion Tray's employees and their families. The facility will include racquetball and basketball courts, treadmills, cardio machines and strength training equipment. The company plans eventually to bring in a personal trainer and make the facility a one-stop-shop for employee health.

History: The building is almost 30 years old and this renovation has been in the works for several years. "We did a minor self-renovation several years ago with volunteers over the weekends where we pulled up old flooring and added a fresh coat of paint and once we did that, the usage really picked up," said Jonathan Pappas, safety and quality manager. "People are really excited about it. I think the employees will be chomping at the bit to use it."

Timeline: The construction is scheduled to be finished by April 1.

about Shelly Bradbury...

Shelly Bradbury joined the Times Free Press as a business reporter in January 2013, after starting with the paper as a general assignment intern in July 2012. She is from Houghton, New York, and graduated from Huntington University in Huntington, Indiana, with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minor in management. Before moving to Tennessee, Shelly previously interned with The Goshen News, The Sandusky Register and The Mint Hill Times. Outside the newsroom, Shelly enjoys ...

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