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Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical has been providing top-notch service since 1993. The company was founded to fulfill the growing need for a full-service millwright company that treats customers like family and equipment with care. Since then, the company has taken off and filled its portfolio with projects from around the globe.


In the last 15 years, Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical has expanded its services to accommodate the industry’s growing needs. In 1998, the metalworks shop opened for business, and in 2014 an alloy shop and powder coating facility were established. With these facilities in place, the company now boasts a full suite of services, from the first piece of metal to the final coat of paint.


At Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical, customer satisfaction is the top priority, and the experienced team of experts provides the highest quality service.


If it can be moved, we can move it; if it can be built, we can build it; if it can be dreamed, we can realize it. At Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical, it’s not what can we do – it’s what can’t we do.


Employees
The CMM employees are the driving force behind each successful endeavor. The project managers and team members are carefully selected and rigorously trained.
Performance
CMM approaches each project with the same goal – to make sure it is completed quickly, correctly, cost-efficiently, on time and within budget.
Experience
The principals within CMM have more than 40 years of experience in the industry and have completed a wide variety of jobs. This knowledge enables the CMM leadership to anticipate situations and guide employees to avoid costly delays. The CMM experience places projects in the most capable hands.
Innovation
CMM utilizes innovative tactics to complete projects by adopting new technologies that inevitably save time and money.
Dedication
Dedicated to each project, CMM ensures proper and speedy completion – not only through the project planning and completion phases, but in continuous maintenance services on machines and equipment.
Integrity
CMM was founded to provide exceptional millwright and mechanical services in the most professional and cost-effective manner. CMM takes pride that its reputation hinges on the success of its last project.
Location
CMM has three main offices to cater to industry demand, but has the capabilities to work in any location regardless of job size. Click here to see locations.

Safety is crucial to the CMM operations. The safety director and committee comprised of employees from every level of the company meet regularly to review regulations. The safety program includes weekly “Tool-Box” sessions, a safety incentive plan and a digital tracking system for monitoring individual safety training progress. CMM meets or exceeds all OSHA guidelines and always strives to maintain the safest working environment possible.

  • Associated General Contractors of America

  • Associated Builders and Contractors Gold Achievement Award: 2006, 2007 and 2008
  • Heartland Group President's Safety Award: 2009-2010
  • Blount County Hall of Fame Award
  • Chamber Membership: The Blount Partnership Chamber of Commerce and the Cleveland Bradley Chamber of Commerce

CMM supports furthering employees’ education by offering an apprenticeship program for team members who have completed a 90-day New-Hire Orientation. Through a partnership with Pellissippi State Community College, this program provides hands-on experience in the field coupled with a solid academic and technological foundation.

Meet the Team

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David (Dave) Bennett

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Dave Bennett joined Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical as its Chief Executive Officer in January 2010. Under his leadership, Cherokee Millwright has grown into an international company with over 200 employees, serving customers in 42 states and 5 countries.

Dave also serves on the board of directors of the Massey Group. Massey Group manages all Massey family-owned operating companies including Cherokee Millwright and Massey Electric, one of the region’s largest full-service electrical contracting companies. Together, the Massey Group companies employ over 400 people.

Prior to joining Cherokee, Dave was the Assistant County Mayor and Finance Director for Blount County Government for 11 years. During his tenure with Blount County, he worked under four County Mayors including service as Deputy County Mayor and as Blount County's Interim Homeland Security Director.

Active in the community during his entire career, Dave has served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce. He is also a former member of the Tennessee Peace Officers Standards and Training (P.O.S.T.) Commission appointed by the Tennessee General Assembly.

Dave has served as Campaign Chairman of United Way of Blount County; Chair of the Blount County Relay for Life; Chairman of the Blount County Republican Party; and Chair of the Blount County BBQ Bash. He also served on the Board of Directors of United Way, Habitat for Humanity, Leadership Blount, Children’s Advocacy Center, Tellico Reservoir Development Agency, and the Heritage Museum Board. He also served as treasurer of Fairview United Methodist Church in Maryville, Tennessee.

Tim Arnold

Tim Arnold

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Nickname: Tim, a.k.a. Spartacus
Hometown: Born at a West Point Military hospital, but I grew up in Blount County, Tennessee.
Experience in the industry: 37 years
Years at Cherokee: 23 years
Area of expertise: Millwright
Favorite project: Alcoa modernization project. I appreciate a challenge and this project required a lot of highly specialized people and a lot of manpower in general. There was quite a bit of scheduling and planning that went into this project, so it was a fun challenge to take on.
Best part about working at Cherokee: We make our own way; we do not do the same thing every day. We create our own challenges by going to plants, building relationships with the people there and taking on exciting projects.
Hobbies: Wing shooter, boater, Harley rider, and hotrods
Superpower: Ability to fly
Sports team: Vols

Dave Roberts

Dave Roberts

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Nickname: Uncle Dave
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Experience in the industry: 16 years
Years at Cherokee: 12
Area of expertise: Service work, HVAC, and plumbing. I mostly do the mechanical of Cherokee, but I try to be involved in multiple aspects.
Favorite project: The dorm remodel at the air base was one of my favorite jobs. It was tough due to a tight time frame and budget, but we were able to pull it off.
Best part about working at Cherokee: The people
Hobbies: Work
Superpower: Ability to see into the future
Sports Team: Tennessee Volunteers

Charles Oran

Charles Oran

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Nickname: Chig
Hometown: Kingston, Tennessee
Experience in the industry: 38 years in this industry
Years at Cherokee: 14
Area of expertise: Mechanical
Favorite project: Republic Plastics, the concept was actually designed on a napkin in three states.
Best part about working at Cherokee: This company is team orientated and I enjoy working with teams for a common goal.
Hobbies: Drag racing
Superpower: Invincibility
Sports team: Vols

John Wiggins

John Wiggins

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Nickname: No
Hometown: Easley, South Carolina
Experience in the Industry: 16 years
Years at Cherokee: 12 years
Area of expertise: Rigging
Favorite project: Every project
Best part about working at Cherokee: The people
Hobbies: I am highly proficient at knot tying and I also have some crazy ninja skills.
Superpower: Ability to fly
Sports Team: Chelsea

Michael Parker

Michael Parker

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Nickname: No.
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee.
Experience in industry: 32 years.
Years at Cherokee: 7 years.
Area of expertise: Millwright services. I do work with automotive, food, and chemical companies.
Favorite project: Bush Beans because of how challenging it was.
Best part about working at Cherokee: Great people.
Hobbies: Street Rods, I enjoy building them.
Superpower: Ability to read people’s minds.
Sports team: I do not have a favorite sports team.

Josh West

Josh West

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Nickname: Junior
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee
Experience in the industry: 13 years
Years at Cherokee: 7
Area of expertise: Millwright
Favorite project: Denso, it was a challenge with tight quarters, lots of people to organize and an intense schedule.
Best part about working at Cherokee: Everything, all aspects have made it a great place to work.
Hobbies: Watching football
Superpower: Iron Man
Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Tony Watkins

Tony Watkins

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Nickname: No.
Hometown: Morristown, Tennessee.
Experience in the Industry: 35 years.
Years at Cherokee: 8 years
Area of expertise: Millwright. Specifically, rigging and safety training.
Favorite project: AGC in Richmond, Kentucky. It was a complete line over-haul that was very challenging because of such a tight schedule and we did an exceptional job with it.
Best part about working at Cherokee: The craft people in the field, they are the best in the world.
Hobbies: Golf and riding motorcycles.
Superpower: To make the sick better and put a smile on everyone’s face.
Sports Team: Tennessee Vols and Pittsburg Steelers.

Chase Anderson

Chase Anderson

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Nickname: The new guy or Spartacus Jr.
Hometown: Maryville, Tennessee.
Experience in industry: 11 years.
Year at Cherokee: 1.
Area of expertise: Welding and Fabrication.
Favorite project: Still working on it.
Best part about working at Cherokee: It has a family style atmosphere with great opportunity for growth.
Hobbies: Riding motorcycles, fishing, and camping.
Superpower: The power to heal/cure.
Sports team: Atlanta Braves.

Chris Jenkins

Chris Jenkins

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Nickname: Zippy.
Hometown: Maryville, Tennessee.
Experience in industry: 5 years.
Year at Cherokee: > 5.
Area of expertise: Operations and logistics.
Favorite project: All of them, they are all unique.
Best part about working at Cherokee: Doing things other people say can’t be done.
Hobbies: A 4-year-old daughter, fishing and hunting.
Superpower: Ability to see into the future.
Sports team: Vols.

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