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Food Processing

Food Processing Companies

The East Tennessee region provides an exceptional location with easy access for the food processing and distribution industry.  The infrastructure is strong with a plentiful supply of municipal water, pre-treatment plants, reliable electricity, competitive pricing for electricity and natural gas, available buildings and favorable operating costs. 

Additional advantages include a growing and trainable workforce, pro-business climate, and proximity to major markets.

Wages

  • General Production Worker - $8.50 - 10.00 / hour
  • Machine Operator - $10.00 - 11.50 / hour
  • Sanitation Technician - $11.00 - 12.50 / hour
  • Quality Control Technician - $10.50 - 13.50 / hour
  • Maintenance Worker, Electrical w/certification - $16.00 - 25.00 / hour
  • Maintenance Worker, Mechanical w/certification - $16.00 - 25.00 / hour

Source: Staffing Solutions, EmployBridge, Knoxville, TN


Business Climate  
Pro-business environment - Favorable business tax climate consistently in the top 1/3 of U.S. states

  • Attractive state, local, and utility incentives for new job creation and capital investment
  • State taxes ranking among the nation's lowest 
    • No state property tax 
    • Competitive corporate taxes 
    • Available targeted jobs tax credit
  • Competitive gas, water, and sewer rates   
    • Electricity generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority at rates 13% below the U.S. industrial average 
    • Electricity reliability at 99.999% since 2000
    • Abundant water supply
    • Gas by East Tennessee Natural Gas
  • Available Buildings and Sites
    • Building costs 19% below the national average (RSMeans Construction Index 2015) 
    • Competitive lease rates
  • Right-to-work state

Workforce

  • Flexible, growing workforce of 550,000 in 15-county region
  • Workforce of 780,000 in 32 laborshed counties
  • Manufacturing workforce of 49,000 at costs 7% below the U.S. average
  • More than 5,000 engineers
  • Customized workforce training
  • Transferable skill sets
  • Competitive workers compensation rates
  • FastTrack Job Training Assistance Program with training to quickly provide skilled workers

Accessibility 

  • Located at juncture of three major interstates: I-40, I-75, and I-81
  • 70% of the US market within a day's drive
  • Regional airport offers more than 125 flights daily to 20 major U.S. destinations
  • Excellent access to existing network of raw materials suppliers
  • Rail service by Norfolk Southern, CSX, and local short-line railroads
  • US Customs Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone designation

Technology

  • Home of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Technology Corridor
  • Access to technology research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the world's premier laboratory in advanced materials
  • 16 user facilities across multiple disciplines

Resources

  • Department of Food Science and Technology, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Food Safety Center of Excellence, University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • Center for Agriculture and Food Security and Preparedness
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory

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