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Metalworking companies

Metal fabrication has historically been an important part of the East Tennessee economy and a wide variety of parts are made for many industries such as aerospace, auto, medical, and machinery.  The region provides excellent access to an existing network of raw materials suppliers from steel to plastics to automotive electronics. 

Training for welders, machinists, lathe operators, and many others is provided at four Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology located throughout the region.  More than 150 companies employ 7,200, including fabricators in:

  • Sheet
  • Structural (ships/boats)
  • Stamping
  • Ornamental
  • Finishing services



 $9.00-10.25 / hour

CAM Press Operator

$10.00-12.00 / hour 

Lathe Operator    

$11.00- 12.50 / hour 

Forklift Driver

$10.50-11.50 / hour 

Quality Control Tecnhician      

$10.50 - 13.50 / hour 

Production Foreman 

$38,000 - 46,000 


 $16.00 - 18.00 / 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



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