Largest Employers


Company County  Total Employees  Description
Covenant Health Regional       10,419 Health care system
Knox County Schools Knox         8,082 Public education system
Y-12 National Security Complex Roane         8,000 Refurbishing nuclear weapon components and storage and recycling of nuclear material.
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knox         6,689 State university
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Regional         5,881 Discount stores and wholesale clubs
University of Tennessee Medical Center (UHS) Knox         5,547 Health care system
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Blount         5,000 Advanced automotive components and systems
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Roane         4,900 Research and Development
Tennova Healthcare Regional         4,001 Health care system
Dollywood Co./Dollywood Splash Country Sevier         4,000 Theme park and water park
K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)  Regional         3,328 Grocery stores and pharmacies
State of Tennessee - Regional Offices Knox         3,208 State administrative offices
Knox County Government Knox         3,204 County government
Clayton Homes, Inc. Regional         3,188 Manufactured and modular homes; financier & insurer of manufactured homes
Sevier County Schools Sevier         3,000 Local public education system
Kroger Co. Regional         2,952 Grocery stores
McDonald/s Corp; Brothers Management Knox         2,846 McDonald's franchise
Tanger Five Oaks Sevier         2,500 Retail
Blount Memorial Hospital Blount         2,470 Area hospital
City of Knoxville Knox         2,455 Municipal government
Team Health, Inc. Knox/Blount         2,260 Health care providers
Pilot Flying J Regional         1,893 Retail convenience stores and travel centers
Yum! Brands RSC Regional         1,852 Fast food restaurants 
Roark Capital Group Regional         1,830 Fast food restaurants 
East Tennessee Children's Hospital Knox         1,820 Area children's hospital
McGhee Tyson ANG Base Blount         1,728 Air National Guard unit
Blount County Schools Blount         1,701 public education system
UCOR Roane         1,700 Engineering, environmental management & clean-up
Copper Cellar Corp. Knox         1,600 Full-service restaurants
Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance Blount         1,600 Manufactured homes financing
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Regional         1,598 Restaurants and general stores
CVS Caremark Corp. Knox         1,560 Drugstores and pharmaceutical distribution
Summit Medical Group, PLLC Regional         1,528 Primary care physician group
Jewelry Television  Knox         1,500 Satellite-based gem/jewelry home-shopping cable network
DTR Claiborne         1,495 Rubber automobile hose
The Home Depot, Inc. Regional         1,453 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
United Parcel Service (UPS) Knox         1,450 Shipping and delivery operation
U.S. Postal Service Knox         1,441 Mail service
England Furniture Claiborne         1,400 Furniture manufacturer
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Knox         1,271 Regional power authority & development agency
Burleson Brands Regional         1,250 Full-service restaurants: Aubrey's, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Barley's Taproom, Stefano's Pizza
Lowe's Home Improvement Regional         1,250 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
Darden Restaurants Regional         1,155 Full-Service Restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse
Old Dominion Freight Line Regional         1,140 Transportation - trucking
Newell Rubbermaid Blount         1,100 Manufacturing - plastic office accessories
Roane County Schools Roane         1,100 Public education system
Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knox         1,093 Two-year technical community college.
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Knox         1,062 Local utilities provider
JTEKT Automotive TN-Vonore Co. Monroe         1,056 Automotive steering systems
Hilton Worldwide Regional         1,052 Hotel group
Anderson County Schools Anderson          1,050 public education system
Target Corp. Regional         1,045 Discount stores
Discovery Inc. Knox         1,012 Cable networks - HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself, Fine Living & GAC
Sitel Anderson/Knox         1,001 Global customer interaction solutions provider
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Anderson         1,000 University consortium, partnerships between scientific research, government & industry
Arconic Blount            995 Aluminum beverage can sheets
Choice Hotels  Regional            991 Hotel groups
University Physicians Association Inc. Knox            960 Physicians group
SL Tennessee Anderson            950 Manufacture gear shift assemblies, park brake levers, head & rear lights
Weigel's Farm Stores Inc. Knox            950 Service stations and convenience stores
Jefferson County Schools Jefferson            942 Public school system
Walgreens Regional            930 Pharmacies and convenience stores
Collier Restaurant Group Sevier            900 Restaurant operations
Chick-fil-A, Inc. Regional            887 Fast food restaurants 
Helen Ross McNabb Center Knox            880 Provider of mental health care, addiction recovery & social services
AT&T, Inc. Regional            864 Telecommunications provider - telephone and internet.
Eagle Bend Manufacturing Anderson            850 Manufactures auto body parts
Southeast Foods Co., LLC/Pennant Foods Regional            845 Fast food restaurants 
Keurig Green Mountain  Knox            818 Manufacturer/distributor of single-cup beverages & brewers
Brunswick Boat Group & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. Knox/Monroe            810 Fiberglass pleasure boats
First Tennessee Bank  Regional            809 Banks
Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. Anderson            800 Manufacture, casting, machining & assembly of timing chain covers, pistons, pumps, VVT's
InterContinental Hotels Regional            785 Hotel group
ADT Security Services Knox            780 Security system monitoring
Wilderness in the Smokies Sevier            780 Hotel & water park complex
Blount County Government Blount            764 County government
DeRoyal Industries Knox            764 Manufactures medical devices and healthcare products
DineEquity Regional            764 Full service restaurants: Applebee's, IHOP
Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Sevier            760 Hot and cold mix asphalt; ready-mix concrete
Texas Roadhouse Regional            755 Full Service Restaurants
OrthoTennessee Knox            750 Health care 
Subway Regional            739 Fast food restaurants 
Ingles Markets, Inc. Regional            715 Grocery stores
Burger King Corp Regional            714 Fast food restaurants 
Cherokee Health Systems Knox            714 Health care service
Dollar General Corp. Regional            714 Retail trade - discount stores
Oak Ridge City Schools Anderson            689 Local public education system
Kimberly-Clark Corp. Knox/Loudon            687 Paper towels and bath tissue
Quality Home Health Knox            675 Health Services - home health providers
Diverse Concepts, Ltd. Regional            666 Full service restaurants: Blue Moose, Bullfsih, Carino's, Harrison's, Lakeside, Mellow Mushroom, Parkside, Timberwood
Rural/Metro Corp. of Tennessee Regional            651 Emergency ambulance and firefighting service
21st Mortgage Corp. Knox            650 Financing and servicing of manufactured home loans
Sevier County Government Sevier            650 County government
Monroe County Schools Monroe            648 Public school system
Belk, Inc.  Regional            644 Department stores
Maryville City Schools Blount            641 Government - Public School System
Wyndham Hotel Group Regional            630 Hotel group
Comcast of the South Knox            629 Broadband telecommunications services
Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Regional            615 Full service restaurants: Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's, Fleming's, Outback
Energy Solutions Anderson            615 Nuclear engineering services
YMCA of East Tennessee Regional            605 Service - non-profit community organization
Shoney's Restaurants Knox            587 Full-service restaurants
Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Loudon            580 Mushrooms
Loudon County Schools Loudon            574 public education system
O'Charley's Inc. Regional            565 Full service restaurant
Regal Entertainment Group Knox            561 Movie theaters
U.S. Cellular Corp. Knox            545 Cell phone, data systems and customer service center
Siemens Healthcare Knox            543 Clinical imaging, preclinical & biomarker solutions
Accenture Hospitality Services Blount            541 Financial shared services center for Marriott International, Inc.
Carlisle Tire & Wheel Anderson            536 Lawn and garden, ATV, and commercial tires
National Fitness Center/Court South Knox            526 Health club
Arby's  Regional            525 Arby's restaurants
Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc. Knox            525 Long-term care, assisted living, short-term & long-term rehab services
Exedy America Corp.  Knox            516 Automotive parts - torque converters
Mastercraft Boat Co Monroe            510 Manufacturing - fiberglass leisure boats
Cellular Sales Knox            508 Service - largest Verizon wireless dealer
Anderson County Government Anderson            507 County government
Fee Hedrick Family  Entertainment Sevier            501 Entertainment attractions
Bush Brothers & Co Knox, Jefferson            500 Manufacturing-Bush Beans and pet food
Science applications International Corp. (SAIC) Anderson            500 Science & engineering consulting, energy, national security
Krystal Co. Regional            496 Fast food restaurants 
Carlex Glass Co. Monroe            476 Manufactures automotive glass
ConAgra Cocke            475 Beans, tomato products
ORNL Federal Credit Union Regional            475 Credit union
Union County Schools Union            473 Public school system
City of Oak Ridge Anderson            465 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 
Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing Monroe            460 Manufactures sport boats
ARC Automotive Knox            451 Manufactures automotive air bag actuators
Crete Carrier Corp Loudon            450 Transportation - trucking
FedEx (Express, Freight & Ground) Knox            450 Package distribution - motor freight
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Knox            450 Credit union
Norfolk Southern Corp. Knox            450 Railroad freight serving 22 states
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 Coffee shops
Home Federal Bank Regional            439 Banks
Bojangles Restaurants Regional            430 Fast food restaurants 
Johnson University Knox            430 4 year private college
Roane State College Regional            430 2 year community college
JC Penney  Co. Regional            427 Retail Trade - department stores
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Blount            425 Full-service restaurants
Radio Systems Corp Knox            421 Manufactures pet containment & training products
Publix Super Markets Regional            420 Grocery stores
Regions Financial Corp Regional            416 Banks
Grainger Co Schools Grainger            409 Public education system
Broadway Electric Service Knox            400 Construction - electrical contractor
Carlstar Group Anderson            400 Manufacturing-industrial pneumatic tires for lawn, garden, heavy commercial vehicles
City of Pigeon Forge Sevier            400 Municipal government
Custom Foods of America Knox            400 Frozen foods
Knoxville News Sentinel Knox            400 Newspaper publishing
Malibu Boats Loudon            399 Manufactures wakeboard boats
Elavon Knox            396 Electronic payment, processing service center
Havco Wood Products Monroe            395 Manufactures laminated wood floors for trucks
Maryville College Blount            384 4 year private college
Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Knox            382 Bottling and soft drink distribution
BB&T Bank Regional            380 Banks
Melaluca, Inc. Knox            380 Manufactures 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
Jim Pattison Group Sevier            371 Ripley's area attractions
Shoffner Kalthoff Knox            368 Construction - mechanical & electrical contractor
Roane County Government Roane            366 Municipal government
City of Gatlinburg Sevier            356 Municipal government
Gold's Gym Knox            356 Health club & fitness centers
Travelers Insurance Knox            356 Personal lines insurance sales & service
Pepsi Beverages Co Knox            353 Manufacturing & transportation-soft drink bottling & distribution
American Book Co. Knox, Jefferson            350 Wholesale trade - books
Commercial Vehicle Group Monroe            350 Manufactures seats for heavy trucks & motorcoaches
G.C. Services Knox            350 Service-financial services customer service center, collection agency
House-Hasson Hardware Knox            350 Transportation - hardware distribution
Kimble Chase Life Science Roane            350 Manufactures laboratory glassware
Total Transportation of Mississippi Loudon            350 Transportation - trucking
Camellia Home Health of East TN Knox            345 Home healthcare
Brinker International  Regional            340 Full service restaurants: Chili's Grill & Bar
WestRock (Rock-Tenn) Knox            337 Manufactures folding paper boxes & displays
Bass Pro Shops Sevier            336 Sporting goods store
City of Sevierville Sevier            332 Municipal government
Kohl's Department Stores Regional            325 Department stores
Great Smoky Mtns National Park Regional            324 Government - National Park
Jacobs Engineering Group Anderson            324 Engineering Services
Loudon County Government Loudon            324 Municipal government
Carson-Newman University Regional            320 four year private college
Presbyterian Homes of TN Knox            320 Retirement communities and nursing homes
SunTrust Bank Regional            320 Banks
City of Maryville Blount            308 Municipal government
Whirlpool Corp Knox            305 Appliance repair customer repair center; service center
Buddy's Bar-B-Q Regional            301 Fast food restaurants 
Dillard's Inc Regional            300 Department stores
GE Power (Alstom Power) Knox            300 Engineering-air quality control systems for power industry
HT Hackney Co. Knox, Roane            300 Transportation - wholesale grocery distribution
Rockford Manufacturing Blount            300 Manufactures cotton, synthetic yarn, cordage
US Foods, Inc Blount            300 Transportation-wholesale grocery distribution
Averitt Express Knox            296 Transportation - rrucking
Lenoir City Schools Loudon            292 Public school system
Answer Financial Inc Knox            290 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
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 Electronics & appliances stores
Asbury Place at Maryville Blount            272 Nursing home
Big Lots Stores Regional            265 Discount Stores
K12 Inc Blount            265 Virtual homeschooling academy support contact center
The TJX Companies Regional            258 Department stores
Stokely Hospitality Enterprises Sevier            255 Full service restaurants, resorts: Applewood Farmhouse Grill; Leconte Lodge; Edgewater Hotel; Baskin Robbins
Tate & Lyle Loudon            254 Manufactures bio-products, corn syrup, ethanol
Federal-Mogul Sevierville Sevier            250 Manufactures automotive engine valves
Republic Plastics Knox            250 Manufactures plastic tableware & foam plates
Nelson Global Products  Anderson            209 Manufactures truck exhaust tubing & pipes

Source: Book of Lists, community websites 2019