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Largest Employers


Company County Total Employees Description
US Dept of Energy; Y-12 National Security Complex Anderson 10,969 Refurbishing nuclear weapon components and storage and recycling of nuclear material.
Covenant Health Regional 10,304 Local health care system
Knox County Schools Knox 7,241 Local public education system
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knox 6,609 State university
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Regional 5,951 Discount stores and wholesale clubs
University of Tennessee Medical Center (UHS) Knox 4,941 Local health care system
Tennova Healthcare Regional 3,997 Local health care system
K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)  Regional 3,913 Grocery stores and pharmacies
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Blount 3,800 Advanced automotive components and systems (electronic products, starters, alternators, instrument clusters)
State of Tennessee - Regional Offices Knox 3,153 State administrative offices
Dollywood Co./Dollywood Splash Country Sevier 3,000 Theme park and water park
Knox County Government Knox 2,952 County government
Kroger Co. Regional 2,952 Grocery stores
Clayton Homes, Inc. Regional 2,883 Manufactured and modular homes; financier & insurer of manufactured homes
McDonald/s Corp; Brothers Management Knox 2,846 McDonald's franchise
Sevier County Schools Sevier 2,500 Local public education system
Blount Memorial Hospital Blount 2,418 Local area hospital
Team Health, Inc. Knox 2,015 Local health care providers
East Tennessee Children's Hospital Knox 2,000 Area children's hospital
Yum! Brands RSC Regional 1,853 Fast food restaurants 
Roark Capital Group Regional 1,830 Fast food restaurants 
Blount County Schools Blount 1,800 Local public education system
U.S. Postal Service Knox 1,734 Mail service
McGhee Tyson ANG Base Blount 1,717 Air National Guard unit
CVS Caremark Corp. Knox 1,673 Drugstores and pharmaceutical distribution
Pilot Flying J Regional 1,610 Retail convenience stores and travel centers
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Regional 1,608 Restaurants and General Stores
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Knox 1,600 Regional power authority & development agency providing improvement for river navigation, flood damage reduction, agricultural & industrial development, & electric power in a 7-state region
Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance Blount 1,600 Manufactured homes financing
Copper Cellar Corp. Knox 1,591 Full-Service Restaurants
City of Knoxville Knox 1,531 Municipal government
United Parcel Service (UPS) Knox 1,450 Shipping and delivery operation
Summit Medical Group, PLLC Regional 1,416 Primary care physician group
Lowe's Home Improvement Regional 1,250 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
The Home Depot, Inc. Regional 1,228 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
Shoney's Restaurants Knox 1214 Full-service restaurants
England Furniture Claiborne 1,200 Furniture Manufacturer
Jewelry Television  Knox 1,200 Satellite-based gem/jewelry home-shopping cable network
UCOR Roane 1,176 Engineering, environmental management & clean-up
Alcoa, Inc. Tennessee Operations Blount 1,160 Aluminum beverage can sheets
Elavon Knox 1,150 Electronic payment - credit card/debit card/gift card/eCheck processing service center
SL Tennessee Anderson 1,150 Manufacture gear shift assemblies, park brake levers, head & rear lights
Old Dominion Freight Line Regional 1,130 Transportation - Trucking
Scripps Networks (HGTV) Knox 1080 Cable networks - HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself, Fine Living & GAC
Wyndham Hotel Group Regional 1,056 Hotel groups
Hilton Worldwide Regional 1052 Hotel groups
Anderson County Schools Anderson  1,050 Local public education system
Target Corp. Regional 1045 Discount stores
JTEKT Automotive TN-Vonore Co. Monroe 1,023 Automotive steering systems
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Anderson 1,017 University consortium that creates collaborative partnerships between scientific research, government & industry
Sears Holdings Corp. (Sears & Kmart) Regional 1010 Department stores
Sitel Anderson 1001 Global customer interaction solutions provider with over 450 world-class clients
Keurig Green Mountain  Knox 1000 Manufacturer/distributor of single-cup beverages & brewers
Choice Hotels  Regional 991 Hotel groups
Burleson Brands Regional 975 Full-service restaurants: Aubrey's, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Barley's Taproom, Stefano's Pizza
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Knox 964 Local utilities provider
Jefferson County Schools Jefferson 942 Government - Public School System
Chick-fil-A, Inc. Regional 887 Fast food restaurants 
Wendy's (Southeast Foods Co., LLC/Pennant Foods) Regional 883 Fast food restaurants 
Walgreens Regional 873 Pharmacies and convenience stores
Collier Restaurant Group Sevier 860 Restaurant operations
Darden Restaurants Regional 855 Full-Service Restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse
Helen Ross McNabb Center Knox 855 Provider of mental health care, addiction recovery & social services
Roane County Schools Roane 842 Public education system
Oak Ridge City Schools Anderson 838 Local public education system
Eagle Bend Manufacturing Anderson 810 Manufactures auto body parts
Marriott International Regional 809 Hotel groups
Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knox 807 Two-year technical community college.
InterContinental Hotels Regional 785 Hotel groups
First Tennessee Bank  Regional 776 Banks
DineEquity Regional 764 Full Service Restaurants: Applebee's, IHOP
Texas Roadhouse Regional 755 Full Service Restaurants
U.S. Cellular Corp. Knox 750 Cell phone, data systems and customer service center
Subway Regional 739 Fast food restaurants 
Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. Anderson 732 Manufacture, casting, machining & assembly of timing chain covers, pistons, pumps, VVT's
ADT Security Services Knox 727 Security system monitoring
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Blount 715 Full-service restaurants
Burger King Corp Regional 714 Fast food restaurants 
Dollar General Corp. Regional 714 Retail Trade - discount stores
University Physicians Association Inc. Knox 701 Physicians group
Exedy America Corp.  Knox 699 Automotive parts - torque converters
Quality Home Health Knox 684 Health Services - home health providers
Carlex Glass Co. Monroe 676 Manufacturing - automotive glass
Comcast of the South Knox 658 Broadband telecommunications services including: video, high-speed data, voice
21st Mortgage Corp. Knox 650 Financing and servicing of manufactured home loans
OrthoTennessee Knox 650 Health care 
Sevier County Government Sevier 650 County government
Ingles Markets, Inc. Regional 649 Grocery stores
Monroe County Schools Monroe 648 Government - Public School System
Kimberly-Clark Corp. Knox/Loudon 645 Paper towels and bath tissue
Belk, Inc.  Regional 644 Department stores
Loudon County Schools Loudon 644 Local public education system
Maryville City Schools Blount 641 Government - Public School System
Rural/Metro Corp. of Tennessee Regional 628 Emergency ambulance and firefighting service
Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Regional 615 Full service Restaurants: Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's, Fleming's, Outback
Cherokee Health Systems Knox 612 Health care service
AT&T, Inc. Regional 610 Telecommunications provider - telephone and internet.
Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Sevier 600 Hot and cold mix asphalt; ready-mix concrete
Science applications International Corp. (SAIC) Anderson 600 Science & engineering consulting, energy, national security
Blount County Government Blount 593 County government
Brunswick Boat Group & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. Knox/Monroe 586 Fiberglass pleasure boats
Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Loudon 585 Mushrooms
Diverse Concepts, Ltd. Regional 579 Full service restaurants: Blue Moose, Bullfsih, Carino's, Harrison's, Lakeside, Mellow Mushroom, Parkside, Timberwood
Accenture Hospitality Services Blount 575 Financial shared services center for Marriott International, Inc.
O'Charley's Inc. Regional 565 Full service restaurant
Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc. Knox 559 Long-term care, assisted living, short-term & long-term rehab services
YMCA of East Tennessee Regional 556 Service - non-profit community organization
Regal Entertainment Group Knox 555 Movie theaters
Jim Pattison Group Sevier 537 Ripley's area attractions
Cellular Sales Knox 529 Service - largest Verizon wireless dealer
National Fitness Center/Court South Knox 526 Health Club
Arby's  Regional 525 Arby's restaurants
ORNL Federal Credit Union Regional 513 Credit union
Fee Hedrick Family  Entertainment Sevier 511 Entertainment attractions
Amedisys Home Healthcare Knox 500 Provider of home healthcare services
Carlstar Group Anderson 500 Manufacturing-industrial pneumatic tires for lawn, garden, heavy commercial vehicles
Mastercraft Boat Co Monroe 500 Manufacturing - fiberglass leisure boats
Newell Rubbermaid Blount 500 Manufacturing - plastic office accessories
Krystal Co. Regional 496 Fast food restaurants 
Energy Solutions Anderson 473 Nuclear engineering services
Union County Schools Union 473 Government - Public School System
City of Oak Ridge Anderson 465 Government - Municipal government
Cheddar's Casual Café Regional 460 Full service restaurant
Goodwill Industries Regional 460 Service-donation centers; thrift stores
Papa John's Pizza Regional 460 Fast food restaurants 
Weigel's Farm Stores Inc. Knox 452 Service stations and convenience stores
Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing Monroe 452 Manufacturing - sport boats
Anderson County Government Anderson 450 County government
Bush Brothers & Co Knox, Jefferson 450 Manufacturing-Bush Beans and pet food
Crete Carrier Corp Loudon 450 Transportation - Trucking
FedEx (Express, Freight & Ground) Knox 450 Package distribution - motor freight
Siemens Healthcare Knox 450 Clinical imaging, preclinical & biomarker solutions
Domino's Pizza Regional 447 Fast food restaurants 
Connor Concepts Regional 440 Full Service Restaurants: The Chop House, Connor's Steaks & Seafood
Starbucks Regional 440 Service - coffee shops
Home Federal Bank Regional 439 Banks
Wilderness in the Smokies Sevier 438 Hotel & water park complex
Carlisle Tire & Wheel Anderson 432 Lawn and garden, ATV, and commercial tires
Bojangles Restaurants Regional 430 Fast food restaurants 
Johnson University Knox 430 Education - 4 year private college
Roane State College Regional 430 Education - 2 year community college
JC Penney  Co. Regional 427 Retail Trade - department stores
Maryville College Blount 425 Education - 4 year private college
Publix Super Markets Regional 420 Grocery Stores
Regions Financial Corp Regional 416 Banks
Grainger Co Schools Grainger 409 Public education system
Norfolk Southern Corp. Knox 400 Railroad freight serving 22 states
Broadway Electric Service Knox 400 Construction - electrical contractor
City of Pigeon Forge Sevier 400 Government - Municipal government
Knoxville News Sentinel Knox 400 Newspaper publishing
Stokely Hospitality Enterprises Sevier 400 Full service restaurants, resorts: Applewood Farmhouse Grill; Leconte Lodge; Edgewater Hotel; Baskin Robbins
Havco Wood Products Monroe 395 Manufacturing- laminated wood floors for trucks
BB&T Bank Regional 380 Banks
Melaluca, Inc. Knox 380 Manufacturing - detergents, dental care, nutritional supplements, personal care
Waffle House Regional 376 Fast food restaurants 
Leidos Engineering Anderson 375 Engineering, energy management & clean/renewable energy consulting
Malibu Boats Loudon 372 Manufacturing - wakeboard boats
Roane County Government Roane 366 Government - Municipal government
Pepsi Beverages Co Knox 365 Manufacturing & transportation-soft drink bottling & distribution
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Knox 360 Credit union
Nelson Global Products  Anderson 360 Manufacturing - truck exhaust tubing & pipes
City of Gatlinburg Sevier 356 Government - Municipal government
Gold's Gym Knox 356 Health Club & fitness centers
Travelers Insurance Knox 356 Service-personal lines insurance sales & service to agents & insureds
Shoffner Kalthoff Knox 355 Construction - mechanical & electrical contractor
Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Knox 350 Bottling and soft drink distribution
ARC Automotive Knox 350 Manufacturing - automotive air bag actuators
Commercial Vehicle Group Monroe 350 Manufacturing - seats for heavy trucks & motorcoaches
Custom Foods of America Knox 350 Frozen foods
Great Smoky Mtns National Park Regional 350 Government - National Park
House-Hasson Hardware Knox 350 Transportation - hardware distribution
Kimble Chase Life Science Roane 350 Manufacturing - laboratory glassware
Total Transportation of Mississippi Loudon 350 Transportation - Trucking
Brinker International  Regional 340 Full service restaurants: Chili's Grill & Bar
HT Hackney Co. Knox, Roane 340 Transportation - wholesale grocery distribution
Radio Systems Corp Knox 340 Manufacturing-pet containment & training products
WestRock (Rock-Tenn) Knox 337 Manufacturing - folding paper boxes & displays
Bass Pro Shops Sevier 336 Sporting goods store
City of Sevierville Sevier 332 Government - Municipal government
Kohl's Department Stores Regional 325 Department stores
Jacobs Engineering Group Anderson 324 Engineering Services
Loudon County Government Loudon 324 Government - Municipal government
American Book Co. Knox, Jefferson 322 Wholesale trade - books
Carson-Newman University Regional 320 Education - four year private college
Presbyterian Homes of TN Knox 320 Health Services - retirement communities and nursing homes
SunTrust Bank Regional 320 Banks
G.C. Services Knox 315 Service-financial services customer service center, collection agency
City of Maryville Blount 308 Government - Municipal government
DeRoyal Industries Knox 306 Manufacturing-medical devices and healthcare products
Dillard's Inc Regional 300 Department stores
GE Power (Alstom Power) Knox 300 Engineering-air quality control systems for power industry
K12 Inc Blount 300 Service- virtual homeschooling academy support contact center
Rockford Manufacturing Blount 300 Manufacturing - cotton, synthetic yarn, cordage
US Foods, Inc Blount 300 Transportation-wholesale grocery distribution
Averitt Express Knox 296 Transportation - Trucking
Lenoir City Schools Loudon 292 Government - Public School System
Answer Financial Inc Knox 290 Insurance - insurance customer service center
Michael Dunn Center Roane 290 Service-Subcontracting, shredding, recycling, janitorial laundry service, temp service
Red Lobster Hospitality Regional 290 full service restaurants
Whirlpool Corp Knox 285 Service - appliance repair customer repair center
Johnson Family of Restaurants Sevier 282 Full service restaurants: Alamo Steakhouse, Bennett's BBQ, Big Daddy's, Mad Dogs', Mama's Farmhouse
TGIFriday's Regional 275 Full service restaurants
Best Buy Co.  Regional 273 Retail trade - electronics & appliances stores
Asbury Place at Maryville Blount 272 Health Service - nursing home
Federal-Mogul Sevierville Sevier 270 Manufacturing - automotive engine valves
DuPont Tate & Lyle Loudon 268 Manufacturing - bio-products, corn syrup, ethanol
Camellia Home Health of East TN Knox 267 Health Services - home healthcare
Big Lots Stores Regional 265 Discount Stores
The TJX Companies Regional 258 Retail Trade - department stores
Buddy's Bar-B-Q Regional 250 Fast food restaurants 
Republic Plastics Knox 250 Manufacturing - plastic tableware & foam plates

Source: Book of Lists 2016; Community websites