Baking goodness for over 100 years in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
“It all began in 1917 when a Kentucky coal miner asked our traveling salesman for a snack “as big as the moon.” Earl Mitchell reported back and the bakery obliged with a tasty treat aptly named MoonPie. It was filling, fit in the lunch pail and the coal miners loved it. The rest, as they say, is history.”
About the MoonPie
A nickel and a dime could get you a
MoonPie and an ice-cold bottle of
Nehi Orange at Tucker's Store over on
Dry Valley Road. It was a special treat
provided by the good Lord above, and
those delicacies awaited us just a
slight stretch of walking distance from
our houses back in the summer of 1967.
A winding half a mile jaunt along
one of the curviest roads in the county.
A journey made more exciting by way of a shortcut through
old man Williamson's front yard and then pushing through a thick cluster of honeysuckle bushes.
Past the bushes was a large gathering of pines and oak trees that we were sure stretched all the
way to the sea. Over the years, they seemed to have conspired to create a dark trail that surely
sunlight nor any other humans had visited since back in the Civil War, or so we imagined.
For an eight-year-old and his buddies, this was an adventure far better than any ride that
Lake Winnie, with its merry-go-rounds and roller coasters, had to offer. So, with fifteen cents in
our pocket and rambling fever in our bones, we would set out like explorers of old seeking
treasure in a far-off land.
Yes, Southeast Painters is a Chattanooga-based company. Many of us are from the area, meaning
we grew up surrounded by famous iconic brands like Rock City, Ruby Falls, Coca-Cola, and yes,
MoonPies. Locally made by Chattanooga Bakery since way back in 1917, MoonPies are
more famous than ever and truly known around the world!
Chattanooga Bakery 1940s
We've had the pleasure to work on several projects for Chattanooga Bakery over the years. Our most recent project was the recoating of their silos.
After pressure washing each of the silos, we then hand tooled any areas that were really rough and we addressed any rust issues. We applied Sherwin-Williams Macropoxy 920 to these areas. Macropxy 920 is a two-component, 100% solids penetrating epoxy primer. Designed for use as a primer/sealer over marginally prepared steel or concrete surfaces.
Next up, we applied full coatings of Sherwin-Williams Macropoxy 646 on everything. Micropoxy 646 is a two-component, high-solids, fast-drying polyamide epoxy mastic. It's designed to protect steel and concrete in industrial exposures.
After drying, we applied a top coat with Sherwin-Williams Acrolon 218. They most certainly have some beautiful silos now at Chattanooga Bakery!
We have extreme confidence in Sherwin-Williams and all their products and love showing them off!