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Top 100 Employers


Rank Company County Total Employees Description
1 Covenant Health Regional 10,458 Local health care system
2 Y-12 National Security Complex Anderson 7,000 Refurbishing nuclear weapon components and storage and recycling of nuclear material.
3 Knox County Schools Knox 6,804 Local public education system
4 The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knox 6,660 State university
5 Oak Ridge National Lab Roane 4,374 Dept of energy facility that conducts research & development.
6 University of Tennessee Medical Center (UHS) Knox 4,224 Local health care system
7 Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Regional 4,100 Discount stores and wholesale clubs
8 Tennova Healthcare Regional 4,067 Local health care system
9 DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Blount 3,500 Advanced automotive components and systems (electronic products, starters, alternators, instrument clusters)
10 State of Tennessee - Regional Offices Knox 3,226 State administrative offices
11 Knox County Government Knox 3,014 County government
12 Kroger Co. Regional 2,851 Grocery stores
13 City of Knoxville Knox 2,828 Municipal government
14 Clayton Homes, Inc. Regional 2,712 Manufactured and modular homes; financier & insurer of manufactured homes
15 K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)  Regional 2,668 Grocery stores and pharmacies
16 Dollywood Co./Dollywood Splash Country Sevier 2,500 Theme park and water park
17 Sevier County Schools Sevier 2,500 Local public education system
18 Lowe's Home Improvement Regional 2,421 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
19 Blount Memorial Hospital Blount 2,396 Local area hospital
20 East Tennessee Children's Hospital Knox 1,900 Area children's hospital
21 Blount County Schools Blount 1,800 Local public education system
22 McGhee Tyson ANG Base Blount 1,717 Air National Guard unit
23 Team Health, Inc. Knox 1,640 Local health care providers
24 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
25 Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance Blount 1,559 Manufactured homes financing
26 U.S. Postal Service Knox 1,545 Mail service
27 Pilot Flying J Regional 1,529 Retail convenience stores and travel centers
28 Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Regional 1,467 Restaurants and General Stores
29 United Parcel Service (UPS) Knox 1,450 Shipping and delivery operation
30 Copper Cellar Corp. Knox 1,265 Full-Service Restaurants
31 Summit Medical Group, PLLC Regional 1,220 Primary care physician group
32 Brothers Management Knox 1,200 McDonald's franchise
33 Elavon Knox 1,200 Electronic payment - credit card/debit card/gift card/eCheck processing service center
34 Alcoa, Inc. Tennessee Operations Blount 1,176 Aluminum beverage can sheets
35 Roane County Schools Roane 1,150 Public education system
36 CVS Caremark Corp. Knox 1,100 Drugstores and pharmaceutical distribution
37 Jewelry Television  Knox 1,100 Satellite-based gem/jewelry home-shopping cable network
38 Darden Restaurants Regional 1,080 Full-Service Restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse
39 Anderson County Schools Anderson  1,050 Local public education system
40 Scripps Networks (HGTV) Knox 1050 Cable networks - HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself, Fine Living & GAC
41 Target Corp. Regional 1045 Discount stores
42 Home Depot Regional 1041 Building supplies
43 The Home Depot, Inc. Regional 1,041 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
44 Walgreens Regional 1,000 Pharmacies and convenience stores
45 Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Knox 960 Local utilities provider
46 Wendy's (Southeast Foods Co., LLC/Pennant Foods) Regional 959 Fast food restaurants 
47 Keurig Green Mountain  Knox 950 Manufacturer/distributor of single-cup beverages & brewers
48 Oak Ridge Associated Universities Anderson 933 University consortium that creates collaborative partnerships between scientific research, government & industry
49 Aubrey's Restaurant Group Knox 925 Full-service restaurants: Aubrey's, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Barley's Taproom, Stefano's Pizza
50 Sears Holdings Corp. (Sears & Kmart) Regional 903 Department stores
51 Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knox 785 Two-year technical community college.
52 First Tennessee Bank  Regional 773 Banks
53 Helen Ross McNabb Center Knox 750 Provider of mental health care, addiction recovery & social services
54 Rural/Metro Corp. of Tennessee Regional 750 Emergency ambulance and firefighting service
55 SL Tennessee Anderson 750 Manufacture gear shift assemblies, park brake levers, head & rear lights
56 U.S. Cellular Corp. Knox 748 Cell phone, data systems and customer service center
57 Exedy America Corp.  Knox 746 Automotive parts - torque converters
58 FedEx (Express, Freight & Ground) Knox 745 Package distribution - motor freight
59 Shoney's Restaurants Knox 743 Full-service restaurants
60 Sitel Anderson 725 Global customer interaction solutions provider with over 450 world-class clients
61 Collier Restaurant Group Sevier 700 Restaurant operations
62 Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Blount 696 Full-service restaurants
63 TRW Fuji Valve Sevier 695 Manufactures engine valves
64 AT&T, Inc. Regional 680 Telecommunications provider - telephone and internet.
65 Sevier County Government Sevier 680 County government
66 University Physicians Association Inc. Knox 674 Physicians group
67 Eagle Bend Manufacturing Anderson 671 Manufactures auto body parts
68 Oak Ridge City Schools Anderson 668 Local public education system
69 Ingles Markets, Inc. Regional 667 Grocery stores
70 Wilderness in the Smokies Sevier 659 Hotel & water park complex
71 Comcast of the South Knox 658 Broadband telecommunications services including: video, high-speed data, voice
72 Kimberly-Clark Corp. Knox/Loudon 654 Paper towels and bath tissue
73 ADT Security Services Knox 652 Security system monitoring
74 Weigel's Farm Stores Inc. Knox 634 Service stations and convenience stores
75 Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Sevier 625 Hot and cold mix asphalt; ready-mix concrete
76 Energy Solutions Anderson 625 Nuclear engineering services
77 21st Mortgage Corp. Knox 620 Financing and servicing of manufactured home loans
78 Cherokee Health Systems Knox 606 Health care service
79 Loudon County Schools Loudon 600 Local public education system
80 Blount County Government Blount 591 County government
81 Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Loudon 585 Mushrooms
82 Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. Anderson 580 Manufacture, casting, machining & assembly of timing chain covers, pistons, pumps, VVT's
83 OrthoTennessee Knox 580 Health care 
84 UCOR Roane 565 Engineering, environmental management & clean-up
85 Norfolk Southern Corp. Knox 560 Railroad freight serving 22 states
86 Siemens Healthcare Knox 560 Clinical imaging, preclinical & biomarker solutions
87 Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc. Knox 559 Long-term care, assisted living, short-term & long-term rehab services
88 Science applications International Corp. (SAIC) Anderson 550 Science & engineeering consulting, energy, national security
89 Anderson County Government Anderson 548 County government
90 Regal Entertainment Group Knox 546 Movie theaters
91 Accenture Hospitality Services Blount 541 Financial shared services center for Marriott International, Inc.
92 Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Knox 540 Bottling and soft drink distribution
93 Belk, Inc.  Regional 530 Department stores
94 Arby's  Regional 525 Arby's restaurants
95 National Fitness Center/Court South Knox 512 Health Club
96 G. C. Services Knox 508 Customer service center
97 Amedisys Home Healthcare Knox 500 Provider of home healthcare services
98 Brunswick Boat Group & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. Knox/Monroe 500 Fiberglass pleasure boats
99 ORNL Federal Credit Union Regional 486 Credit union
100 Fee Hedrick Family  Entertainment Sevier 468 Entertainment attractions

Source: Book of Lists 2015; Community websites