PET Dairy Products

It was announced yesterday that the PET Dairy Products Plant on Konnarock Road will be closing and production will be phased out entirely by the first week in September. 120 jobs will be lost as production will be moved to other facilities within the Dean Foods Company. This is unfortunate as the company has had a strong presence here in Kingsport for many decades.

The PET Dairy Company plant in 1946. The plant was located on the corner of West Market and Clay Street.
The PET Dairy Company plant in 1946. At the time the photo was taken the plant was located on the corner of West Market and Clay Street. Photo taken by Thomas McNeer, Jr.

The PET dairy plant has been in operation at the Konnarock Road location since 1955. According to an ad in the September 29, 1955 edition of the Kingsport Times, the official grand opening of the plant on Konnarock Road was at 4 pm on Thursday, September 29. The plant had previously been located on the corner of West Market and Clay Streets.

Ad from the September 29, 1955 edition of the Kingsport Times.
Ad from the September 29, 1955 edition of the Kingsport Times.

The Archives of the City of Kingsport has a number of photographs of the PET Dairy Products Company taken by various photographers over the years. Below is a sampling of some of the photos. These photos and more can also be viewed at www.kingsportlibrary.org/archives.

Photo of plant taken in 1956.
Photo of plant taken in 1956. Photo taken by David Peirce.
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An unidentified employee, 1963. Photo taken by David Peirce.
Another unidentified employee, undated. Photo by Carl Swann.
Another unidentified employee, undated. Photo taken by Carl Swann.
PET Dairy Products Display Booth, 1952. Photo taken by David Peirce.
PET Dairy Products Display Booth, 1952. Photo taken by David Peirce.
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