UT FCU recently closed its first SBA Patriot Express loan with Smoky Mountain Cheese LLC. Pictured from left are Debbie Jones, president/CEO of UTFCU; Jonathan Patrick, senior vice president of lending, UTFCU; Randall Mitchell of Smoky Mountain Cheese; Myra Hamilton, consumer lending manager at UTFCU, and Bill Beres, executive vice president of marketing and sales, Smoky Mountain Cheese.

Smoky Mountain Cheese LLC will be able to put its product in more grocery stores thanks to UT Federal Credit Union.

The $193 million credit union in Knoxville, Tenn., recently closed its first SBA Patriot Express Pilot loan with Smoky Mountain Cheese, a business owned by Randal Mitchell and Steve Koplow. The Sevierville, Tenn.-based company makes Smoky Mountain Beer cheese spread.

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