EMJ building in the scenic city, where it all began
EMJ Corporation, a Chattanooga-grown construction services company, has five offices in five states and a multitude of large projects nationwide and is poised to reach $1 billion in total revenue this year.
But, despite the company’s national presence, EMJ remains committed to its hometown. With more than 300 employees in Chattanooga, the company is currently working on key projects that are helping shape the future of the scenic city.
“It’s an exciting time for Chattanooga,” said Clint Dean, Executive Vice President of EMJ’s Chattanooga office. “The city is experiencing tremendous growth, and our team is proud to be a small part of it.”
This year, EMJ will complete the Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute on the campus of Baylor School and a FedEx Ground distribution center at I-75 and Volkswagen Drive.
Meanwhile, an EMJ banner adorns a crane high above the downtown site of River City Company’s 728 Market Street mixed-use development, which is scheduled for completion in 2017, and in July, EMJ began work on Chattanooga Whiskey’s new 46,000-square-foot distillery, which will make the local start-up one of the largest craft bourbon whiskey producers in Tennessee.
EMJ has ongoing work at Volkswagen Industrial Park and is building The Commons, a cultural and recreational center for the City of Collegedale, just 20 minutes from Chattanooga.
“My father, Edgar M. Jolley, would be so proud of the company’s growth and of the people that got us here,” said Jay Jolley, CEO of EMJ Corporation. “When he founded the company in 1968 as a general contractor focused primarily on the retail sector, I’m not sure anyone could imagine where we would be today.”
EMJ Corporation has not only grown by offices and construction sectors; it has also expanded its efforts and branched into specialty organizations, creating a family of companies that serve clients nationwide.
One member of the EMJ family of companies is Accent Construction Services, the special projects division of EMJ. Based in Chattanooga, Accent recently partnered with the Woodberry Group on the renovation of the popular Knitting Mill antiques mall in Chattanooga’s North Shore.
Accent’s client list includes several well-known Chattanooga start-ups, including the Lamp Post Group, Bellhops and CodeScience, that the company assisted with the development of expanded office space to meet their growing workforce.
Ranked #82 among the 2016 Top 400 Contractors in the U.S. by Engineering News-Record, EMJ remains proud of it’s Chattanooga roots and is committed to the growth and development of the place where it all began.
More on EMJ’s current Chattanooga projects:
728 Market Street, a ten-story mixed-use building with 125 apartments, offices and retail shops in the heart of downtown Chattanooga, is expected to open in 2017.
Chattanooga Whiskey Co. distillery, a 46,000 square-foot facility on M.L. King Blvd., will have room to house over 4,000 aging barrels of bourbon whiskey and include over 10,000 square feet of production space, over 2,000 square feet of office space, and over 4,000 square feet of future event space.
FedEx Ground, a 235,000 square-foot distribution center for the international logistics company off of Interstate 75, is projected to open in August 2017.
Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute, a 14,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art research facility on the banks of the Tennessee River, is the first freshwater science center in the Southeast and is expected to be completed this fall.
Collegedale Commons, an open-air project which broke ground in March, will include a farmers market, community center, stage, and a 15,000-square-foot event hall, will serve as a central hub for Collegedale, which is about 20 miles outside of Chattanooga.
Accent Construction Services, the special projects division of EMJ, will oversee the renovation of the 100-year-old Knitting Mill antiques mall. The 60,000-square-foot, two-and-a-half-story structure will become Signal Mill, a mixed-use space for retail, restaurant and offices.