Composites / Plastics

Plastic companies

Home to the research and development facilities of the University of Tennessee and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the 15-county
Knoxville-Oak Ridge region has become a center of expertise for advanced composites materials. 

  • The Department of Energy's  42,000 sq. ft. Carbon Fiber Technology Facility is located at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
    • The Facility's 390-ft. long processing line offers a highly flexible, highly instrumented carbon fiber line
      with a capacity of up to 25 tons per year.

  • The University of Tennessee highly ranked College of Engineering offers a degree in Materials Science

  • Roane State Community College offers an  Advanced Composites Employment program

  • A growing, trained manufacturing workforce of 45,000

  • Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation

  • 3D Manufacturing Demonstration Facility

  • Seven University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory Governor's Chairs in
    Advanced Composites Manufacturing at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville

  • Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus and Research Park

  • 50+ companies in the sector employing more than 2,500 workers in the region