Santek opening facility in Roane

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Official says vehicle maintenance work to be done there

By Damon Lawrence

The old CAST Transportation site on Farmer Road will soon be home to a maintenance facility for Santek Waste Services.
“We did sign a lease on that building,” Cheryl L. Dunson, executive vice president of marketing for Santek, said last week.
Santek is headquartered in Cleveland.
According to its website, the company manages 16 solid waste landfills, three transfer stations and four waste collection companies in a nine-state region that includes Tennessee.
The old CAST Transportation site includes a 20,000 square-foot warehouse.
“We will not be processing or collecting any waste at that facility,” Dunson said. “It’s a maintenance facility for our vehicles.”

Farmer Road is off Gallaher Road in Kingston. The site is close to Interstate 40.
“We have been looking for a facility in that area for our vehicles for some time,” Dunson said.
Darrell Williams, vice president of business development for The Roane Alliance, spoke about Santek at the May 7 meeting of the Roane County Industrial Development Board. 
“I talked with a representative of Santek and showed them that building, and as of right now lawyers are in discussion about acquisition,” Williams told the board. “It looks like they’re going to be locating there on Farmer Road. We’re kind of excited about that.”
Last year, Leslie Henderson, president and CEO of The Roane Alliance, said Santek was considering a site in the Roane Regional Business and Technology Park off Interstate 40.
“We never heard anything back formally from them,” Henderson said. “I think Darrell’s information is also secondhand, though pretty reliable, regarding their interest in the other property.” 
During discussions last year about the possibility of Santek locating in Roane Regional, development board member Bob Kite said he was concerned the facility would have an offensive odor.
“It’s going to smell,” Kite said.
Board member James Owens said the odor was minimal when he visited a Santek facility in Chattanooga. 
“I was impressed, given the type of company it was,” Owens said last year.