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The Knoxville-Oak Ridge region has a long history of work in the machinery industry, with a skilled and diverse workforce and easy access to U.S. markets.  More than 500 companies in the region manufacture machinery and equipment, employing over 26,000 workers.  Companies range from small machine shops to companies with several hundred employees building construction and mining equipment.  Machinery made in the region includes:

• Binding            • Metal cutting 
• Construction     • Metal Detectors
• Desalination    • Metal forming
• Duplicating      • Mining
• Farm equipment  • Plastic working
• Sewing  • Folding  
• Machine tools and accessories   • Textile
• Mail handling equipment       • Woodworking

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 193 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


  • 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
  • Four Technology Centers and three community colleges in region



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


  • 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


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