River Park Hospital is really cooking.
The hospital has partnered with Tennessee Technology Center to have a commercial-sized grill made for community use. Students in the welding department fabricated the grill.
“We started with a 500-gallon propane tank and finished with this,” said welding instructor Raymond Rigsby. “We probably spent about five weeks working on it, but it wasn’t steady work. We’d work on it for a little while, then we’d go on to something else.”
The grill has already been put to good use. It was used during grand opening ceremonies for the Technology Center’s new and improved welding department. It also saw plenty of action earlier this month during Smokin’ in McMinnville.
“It’s what we used to cook all of our meat at Smokin’ in McMinnville,” said River Park marketing representative Ashley Wright. “We fed around 700 people with it.”
River Park chief financial officer Alan Phelps has shown he is pretty handy when it comes to operating the grill.
“In addition to chief financial officer, he’s been given the title of chief grilling officer,” said Wright.
River Park will loan out the grill for nonprofits and other community organizations who need it for a fundraiser or special event. The idea is to help local organizations while also showcasing the work that can be done by students at our local Technology Center.
“We are very grateful to Tennessee Technology Center for making this happen,” said Wright. “Welding is just one of the programs there that offers a great opportunity for Warren County students looking to explore more of a trade school route after high school.”
For more information about reserving the grill for a community function, call Wright at 815-4349.