J. Cumby Construction lands $13.5M Kingsport job, looking to hire UC workers

COOKEVILLE – J. Cumby Construction Inc. (JCC) has been awarded an out-of-town project that is also good news for the local economy. The Cookeville-based contractor was selected to perform $13.5 million worth of raw water intake and transmission line upgrades for the city of Kingsport, which will require JCC to hire workers in the Upper Cumberland for this project as well as to support local work.

“Due to the timeframe and critical nature of the project, we will be moving some crews to Kingsport,” Justin Cumby, president of JCC, said. “So we’re hiring locals there and also hiring people here to either join the crews at Kingsport or to fill positions where crews have been rotated to East Tennessee.”

J. Cumby Construction will be responsible for modifying and upgrading the raw water intake at the South Fork Holston River, which will include drilling a tunnel from that structure 1,200 feet to the water treatment plant. At that point, the eight-foot-diameter tunnel will be approximately150 feet deep. Water will flow through the tunnel and be conveyed to the treatment plant via four pumps installed by JCC. Upon completion, the project will supply the city of Kingsport with its municipal water.

For more information about J. Cumby Construction, call (931) 526-5158.



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