Largest Employers


Company County  Total Employees  Description
Covenant Health Regional       10,419 Health care system
Knox County Schools Knox         7,881 Public education system
US Dept of Energy; Y-12 National Security Complex Anderson         7,000 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         5,951 Discount stores and wholesale clubs
University of Tennessee Medical Center Knox         5,316 Health care system
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Blount         4,439 Advanced automotive components and systems
Tennova Healthcare Regional         4,001 Local health care system
Dollywood Co./Dollywood Splash Country Sevier         4,000 Theme park and water park
State of Tennessee - Regional Offices Knox         3,529 State administrative offices
K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)  Regional         3,328 Grocery stores and pharmacies
Knox County Government Knox         3,204 County government
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Knox         3,017 Regional power authority & development agency
Kroger Co. Regional         2,952 Grocery stores
McDonald/s Corp; Brothers Management Knox         2,846 McDonald's franchise
Sevier County Schools Sevier         2,750 Public education system
City of Knoxville Knox         2,637 Municipal government
Tanger Five Oaks Sevier         2,500 Retail
Clayton Homes, Inc. Regional         2,457 Manufactured and modular homes; financier & insurer of manufactured homes
Blount Memorial Hospital Blount         2,387 Area hospital
Team Health, Inc. Knox/Blount         2,260 Health care providers
Pilot Flying J Regional         1,893 Retail convenience stores and travel centers
East Tennessee Children's Hospital Knox         1,859 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 Public education system
U.S. Postal Service Knox         1,734 Mail service
McGhee Tyson ANG Base Blount         1,717 Air National Guard unit
UCOR Roane         1,600 Engineering, environmental management & clean-up
Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance Blount         1,600 Manufactured homes financing
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Regional         1,598 Restaurants and general stores
Copper Cellar Corp. Knox         1,576 Full-service restaurants
CVS Caremark Corp. Knox         1,560 Drugstores and pharmaceutical distribution
Jewelry Television  Knox         1,500 Satellite-based gem/jewelry home-shopping cable network
Newell Rubbermaid Blount         1,500 Manufactures plastic office accessories
DTR Claiborne         1,495 Rubber automobile hose
United Parcel Service (UPS) Knox         1,450 Shipping and delivery operation
Summit Medical Group, PLLC Regional         1,424 Primary care physician group
England Furniture Claiborne         1,400 Furniture manufacturer
Lowe's Home Improvement Regional         1,250 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
Elavon Knox         1,239 Electronic payment, processing service center
The Home Depot, Inc. Regional         1,228 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
SL Tennessee Anderson         1,150 Manufacture gear shift assemblies, park brake levers, head & rear lights
Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knox         1,143 Two-year technical community college.
Old Dominion Freight Line Regional         1,140 Transportation - trucking
Scripps Networks (HGTV) Knox         1,057 Cable networks - HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself, Fine Living & GAC
Wyndham Hotel Group Regional         1,056 Hotel group
Hilton Worldwide Regional         1,052 Hotel group
Anderson County Schools Anderson          1,050 public education system
JTEKT Automotive TN-Vonore Co. Monroe         1,050 Automotive steering systems
Roane County Schools Roane         1,050 Public education system
Sitel Anderson/Knox         1,050 Global customer interaction solutions provider
Target Corp. Regional         1,045 Discount stores
Walgreens Regional         1,018 Pharmacies and convenience stores
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Knox         1,014 Local utilities provider
Sears Holdings Corp. (Sears & Kmart) Regional         1,010 Department stores
Arconic Blount         1,000 Aluminum beverage can sheets
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Anderson         1,000 University consortium, partnerships between scientific research, government & industry
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
University Physicians Association Inc. Knox            952 Physicians group
Weigel's Farm Stores Inc. Knox            950 Service stations and convenience stores
Jefferson County Schools Jefferson            942 Public school system
Collier Restaurant Group Sevier            900 Restaurant operations
Chick-fil-A, Inc. Regional            887 Fast food restaurants 
Southeast Foods Co., LLC/Pennant Foods Regional            883 Fast food restaurants 
First Tennessee Bank  Regional            882 Banks
AT&T, Inc. Regional            864 Telecommunications provider - telephone and internet.
Darden Restaurants Regional            855 Full-Service Restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse
Oak Ridge City Schools Anderson            850 Local public education system
Marriott International Regional            809 Hotel groups
Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. Anderson            800 Manufacture, casting, machining & assembly of timing chain covers, pistons, pumps, VVT's
Eagle Bend Manufacturing Anderson            800 Manufactures auto body parts
Quality Home Health Knox            800 Health Services - home health providers
InterContinental Hotels Regional            785 Hotel group
DineEquity Regional            764 Full service restaurants: Applebee's, IHOP
Brunswick Boat Group & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. Knox/Monroe            763 Fiberglass pleasure boats
Texas Roadhouse Regional            755 Full Service Restaurants
DeRoyal Industries Knox            747 Manufactures medical devices and healthcare products
Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Sevier            740 Hot and cold mix asphalt; ready-mix concrete
Helen Ross McNabb Center Knox            739 Provider of mental health care, addiction recovery & social services
Subway Regional            739 Fast food restaurants 
Blount County Government Blount            733 County government
Keurig Green Mountain  Knox            726 Manufacturer/distributor of single-cup beverages & brewers
ADT Security Services Knox            721 Security system monitoring
Ingles Markets, Inc. Regional            715 Grocery stores
Burger King Corp Regional            714 Fast food restaurants 
Dollar General Corp. Regional            714 Retail trade - discount stores
OrthoTennessee Knox            707 Health care 
Radio Systems Corp Knox            705 Manufactures pet containment & training products
Rural/Metro Corp. of Tennessee Regional            651 Emergency ambulance and firefighting service
21st Mortgage Corp. Knox            650 Financing and servicing of manufactured home loans
Bush Brothers & Co Knox, Jefferson            650 Manufacturing-Bush Beans and pet food
Exedy America Corp.  Knox            650 Automotive parts - torque converters
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
Wilderness in the Smokies Sevier            638 Hotel & water park complex
Comcast of the South Knox            635 Broadband telecommunications services
Cellular Sales Knox            631 Service - largest Verizon wireless dealer
Kimberly-Clark Corp. Knox/Loudon            630 Paper towels and bath tissue
Cherokee Health Systems Knox            627 Health care service
G.C. Services Knox            620 Service-financial services customer service center, collection agency
Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Regional            615 Full service restaurants: Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's, Fleming's, Outback
YMCA of East Tennessee Regional            605 Service - non-profit community organization
Diverse Concepts, Ltd. Regional            579 Full service restaurants: Blue Moose, Bullfsih, Carino's, Harrison's, Lakeside, Mellow Mushroom, Parkside, Timberwood
Loudon County Schools Loudon            574 public education system
Shoney's Restaurants Knox            573 Full-service restaurants
Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Loudon            570 Mushrooms
O'Charley's Inc. Regional            565 Full service restaurant
Regal Entertainment Group Knox            561 Movie theaters
Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc. Knox            559 Long-term care, assisted living, short-term & long-term rehab services
Accenture Hospitality Services Blount            541 Financial shared services center for Marriott International, Inc.
Carlex Glass Co. Monroe            536 Manufactures automotive glass
U.S. Cellular Corp. Knox            533 Cell phone, data systems and customer service center
National Fitness Center/Court South Knox            526 Health club
Arby's  Regional            525 Arby's restaurants
Siemens Healthcare Knox            512 Clinical imaging, preclinical & biomarker solutions
Fee Hedrick Family  Entertainment Sevier            511 Entertainment attractions
Mastercraft Boat Co Monroe            510 Manufacturing - fiberglass leisure boats
Anderson County Government Anderson            507 County government
Carlstar Group Anderson            500 Manufacturing-industrial pneumatic tires for lawn, garden, heavy commercial vehicles
Science applications International Corp. (SAIC) Anderson            500 Science & engineering consulting, energy, national security
ORNL Federal Credit Union Regional            497 Credit union
Krystal Co. Regional            496 Fast food restaurants 
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Blount            485 Full-service restaurants
ConAgra Cocke            475 Beans, tomato products
Energy Solutions Anderson            473 Nuclear engineering services
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            452 Manufactures sport boats
Connor Concepts Regional            450 Full Service Restaurants: The Chop House, Connor's Steaks & Seafood
Crete Carrier Corp Loudon            450 Transportation - trucking
FedEx (Express, Freight & Ground) Knox            450 Package distribution - motor freight
Norfolk Southern Corp. Knox            450 Railroad freight serving 22 states
Domino's Pizza Regional            447 Fast food restaurants 
Starbucks Regional            440 Coffee shops
Home Federal Bank Regional            439 Banks
Carlisle Tire & Wheel Anderson            432 Lawn and garden, ATV, and commercial tires
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
Publix Super Markets Regional            420 Grocery stores
Regions Financial Corp Regional            416 Banks
Shoffner Kalthoff Knox            416 Construction - mechanical & electrical contractor
Grainger Co Schools Grainger            409 Public education system
Broadway Electric Service Knox            400 Construction - electrical contractor
City of Pigeon Forge Sevier            400 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 Manufactures laminated wood floors for trucks
Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Knox            382 Bottling and soft drink distribution
BB&T Bank Regional            380 Banks
Waffle House Regional            376 Fast food restaurants 
Leidos Engineering Anderson            375 Engineering, energy management & clean/renewable energy consulting
Malibu Boats Loudon            372 Manufactures wakeboard boats
Jim Pattison Group Sevier            371 Ripley's area attractions
Pepsi Beverages Co Knox            368 Manufacturing & transportation-soft drink bottling & distribution
Roane County Government Roane            366 Municipal government
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Knox            360 Credit union
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
Commercial Vehicle Group Monroe            350 Manufactures 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 Manufactures laboratory glassware
Melaluca, Inc. Knox            350 Manufactures detergents, dental care, nutritional supplements, personal care
Total Transportation of Mississippi Loudon            350 Transportation - trucking
US Foods, Inc Blount            350 Transportation-wholesale grocery distribution
Brinker International  Regional            340 Full service restaurants: Chili's Grill & Bar
HT Hackney Co. Knox, Roane            340 Transportation - wholesale grocery distribution
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
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
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 Virtual homeschooling academy support contact center
Rockford Manufacturing Blount            300 Manufactures cotton, synthetic yarn, cordage
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
DuPont Tate & Lyle Loudon            268 Manufactures bio-products, corn syrup, ethanol
Camellia Home Health of East TN Knox            267 Home healthcare
Big Lots Stores Regional            265 Discount Stores
The TJX Companies Regional            258 Department stores
Maryville College Blount            255 4 year private college
American Book Co. Knox, Jefferson            250 Wholesale trade - books
Buddy's Bar-B-Q Regional            250 Fast food restaurants 
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
ARC Automotive Knox            190 Manufactures automotive air bag actuators

Source: Book of Lists, community websites 2018