On Tuesday at 3:30pm seventeen 3rd year industrial design students pulled out of Wallace Center in Auburn on our way to Kingsport, Tennessee for a kickoff meeting with Eastman. The trip was a long haul with twenty of us piled high in three minivans. We pulled into Kingsport around 11:30pm (CST) and shuttled over to the Eastman facilities the following morning.
To say the Eastman plant is impressive sight is a gross understatement, as it sprawls across an entire river valley in the Tennessee hills. A maze of transfer pipes, utility buildings, and cooling towers go on for as far as the eye can see.