Largest Employers

Company County Total Employees Description
Y-12 National Security Complex Roane       11,627 Refurbishing nuclear weapon components and storage and recycling of nuclear material.
Covenant Health Regional       11,060 Health care system
Knox County Schools Knox         9,515 Public education system
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knox         8,959 State university
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Regional         6,863 Discount stores and wholesale clubs
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Roane         5,452 Research and Development
University of Tennessee Medical Center (UHS) Knox         5,137 Health care system
Dollywood Co./Dollywood Splash Country Sevier         4,500 Theme park and water park
Clayton Homes, Inc. Regional         4,262 Manufactured and modular homes; financier & insurer of manufactured homes
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Blount         4,200 Advanced automotive components and systems
K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)  Regional         3,398 Grocery stores and pharmacies
State of Tennessee - Regional Offices Knox         3,307 State administrative offices
Sevier County Schools Sevier         3,000 Local public education system
Tennova Healthcare Regional         2,900 Health care system
Blount Memorial Hospital Blount         2,758 Area hospital
Knox County Government Knox         2,677 County government
Kroger Co. Regional         2,651 Grocery stores
Tanger Five Oaks Sevier         2,500 Retail
Blount County Government Blount         2,368 County government
City of Knoxville Knox         2,210 Municipal government
Team Health, Inc. Knox/Blount         2,000 Health care providers
Pilot Flying J Regional         1,965 Retail convenience stores and travel centers
Roane County Schools Roane         1,930 Public education system
Yum! Brands RSC Regional         1,902 Fast food restaurants 
UCOR Roane         1,842 Engineering, environmental management & clean-up
East Tennessee Children's Hospital Knox         1,819 Area children's hospital
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Regional         1,706 Restaurants and general stores
Blount County Schools Blount         1,701 public education system
Summit Medical Group, PLLC Regional         1,636 Primary care physician group
McGhee Tyson ANG Base Blount         1,609 Air National Guard unit
Copper Cellar Corp. Knox         1,576 Full-service restaurants
CVS Caremark Corp. Knox         1,534 Drugstores and pharmaceutical distribution
Brothers Management Knox         1,500 McDonald's franchise
United Parcel Service (UPS) Knox         1,450 Shipping and delivery operation
England Furniture Claiborne         1,450 Furniture manufacturer
Lowe's Home Improvement Regional         1,375 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
Darden Restaurants Regional         1,340 Full-Service Restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's
Oak Ridge City Schools Anderson         1,323 Local public education system
The Home Depot, Inc. Regional         1,278 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
Wyndham Hotel Group Regional         1,252 Hotel group
Burleson Brands Regional         1,250 Full-service restaurants: Aubrey's, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Barley's Taproom, Stefano's Pizza
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Knox         1,232 Regional power authority & development agency
Connor Concepts Regional         1,200 Full Service Restaurants: The Chop House, Connor's Steaks & Seafood
JTEKT Automotive TN-Vonore Co. Monroe         1,200 Automotive steering systems
Old Dominion Freight Line Regional         1,100 Transportation - trucking
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Knox         1,088 Local utilities provider
U.S. Postal Service Knox         1,060 Mail service
Anderson County Schools Anderson          1,050 public education system
Target Corp. Regional         1,045 Discount stores
Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knox         1,043 Two-year technical community college.
Discovery Inc. Knox         1,035 Cable networks - HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself, Fine Living & GAC
Jefferson County Schools Jefferson         1,000 Public school system
Hilton Worldwide Regional         1,000 Hotel group
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Anderson         1,000 University consortium, partnerships between scientific research, government & industry
Newell Rubbermaid Blount         1,000 Manufacturing - plastic office accessories
Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance Blount            994 Manufactured homes financing
Quality Home Health Knox            946 Health Services - home health providers
Walgreens Regional            934 Pharmacies and convenience stores
Restaurant Brands Intl. Regional            910 Fast food restaurants: Burger King, Popeye's
Choice Hotels  Regional            902 Hotel groups
Keurig Green Mountain  Knox            900 Manufacturer/distributor of single-cup beverages & brewers
Eagle Bend Manufacturing Anderson            900 Manufactures auto body parts
Dollar General Corp. Regional            882 Retail trade - discount stores
Dine Brands Global Regional            879 Full service restaurants: Applebee's, IHOP
Broadway Electric Service Knox            860 Construction - electrical contractor
Arconic Blount            850 Aluminum beverage can sheets
Helen Ross McNabb Center Knox            850 Provider of mental health care, addiction recovery & social services
Chick-fil-A, Inc. Regional            840 Fast food restaurants 
Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. Anderson            828 Manufacture, casting, machining & assembly of timing chain covers, pistons, pumps, VVT's
DeRoyal Industries Knox            819 Manufactures medical devices and healthcare products
Texas Roadhouse Regional            810 Full Service Restaurants
InterContinental Hotels Regional            793 Hotel group
First Horizon Bank  Regional            782 Banks
Brunswick Boat Group & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. Knox/Monroe            782 Fiberglass pleasure boats
ADT Security Services Knox            780 Security system monitoring
Subway Regional            780 Fast food restaurants 
Ingles Markets, Inc. Regional            780 Grocery stores
Collier Restaurant Group Sevier            770 Restaurant operations
SL Tennessee Anderson            760 Manufacture gear shift assemblies, park brake levers, head & rear lights
SumiRiko Tennessee, INC. (DTR) Claiborne            750 Rubber automobile hose
Belk, Inc.  Regional            750 Department stores
Starbucks Regional            728 Coffee shops
Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Sevier            700 Hot and cold mix asphalt; ready-mix concrete
Sitel Anderson/Knox            692 Global customer interaction solutions provider
Kimberly-Clark Corp. Knox/Loudon            687 Paper towels and bath tissue
Diverse Concepts, Ltd. Regional            666 Full service restaurants: Blue Moose, Bullfsih, Carino's, Harrison's, Lakeside, Mellow Mushroom, Parkside, Timberwood
Regal Entertainment Group Knox            664 Movie theaters
21st Mortgage Corp. Knox            651 Financing and servicing of manufactured home loans
Jewelry Television  Knox            650 Satellite-based gem/jewelry home-shopping cable network
Sevier County Government Sevier            650 County government
Monroe County Schools Monroe            643 Public school system
Radio Systems Corp Knox            620 Manufactures pet containment & training products
Bojangles Restaurants Regional            613 Fast food restaurants 
Knoxville News Sentinel Knox            580 Newspaper publishing
Siemens Healthcare Knox            573 Clinical imaging, preclinical & biomarker solutions
Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Regional            565 Full service restaurants: Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's, Fleming's, Outback
Harris Restaurant Group Regional            564 Fast food restaurants 
Publix Super Markets Regional            560 Grocery stores
Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Loudon            550 Mushrooms
Comcast of the South Knox            540 Broadband telecommunications services
U.S. Cellular Corp. Knox            535 Cell phone, data systems and customer service center
Wilderness in the Smokies Sevier            530 Hotel & water park complex
National Fitness Center/Court South Knox            526 Health club
Cellular Sales Knox            520 Service - largest Verizon wireless dealer
City of Sevierville Sevier            520 Municipal government
Domino's Pizza Regional            516 Fast food restaurants 
Loudon County Government Loudon            515 Municipal government
Presbyterian Homes of TN Knox            511 Retirement communities and nursing homes
Anderson County Government Anderson            507 County government
AT&T, Inc. Regional            500 Telecommunications provider - telephone and internet.
Ole Smoky Distillery Sevier            500 Moonshine and whiskey
Fee Hedrick Family  Entertainment Sevier            500 Entertainment attractions
Bush Brothers & Co Knox, Jefferson            500 Manufacturing-Bush Beans and pet food
Commercial Vehicle Group Monroe            500 Manufactures seats for heavy trucks & motorcoaches
Science applications International Corp. (SAIC) Anderson            500 Science & engineering consulting, energy, national security
Waffle House Regional            494 Fast food restaurants 
Shoney's Restaurants Knox            480 Full-service restaurants
O'Charley's Inc. Regional            473 Full service restaurant
Truist Bank Regional            471 Banks (SunTrust and BB&T)
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Knox            467 Credit union
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Blount            465 Full-service restaurants
Goodwill Industries Regional            451 Service-donation centers; thrift stores
Grainger Co Schools Grainger            450 Public education system
Accenture Hospitality Services Blount            450 Financial shared services center for Marriott International, Inc.
American Book Co. Knox, Jefferson            450 Wholesale trade - books
Exedy America Corp.  Knox            450 Automotive parts - torque converters
FedEx (Express, Freight & Ground) Knox            450 Package distribution - motor freight
Loudon County Schools Loudon            447 public education system
Regions Financial Corp Regional            446 Banks
ORNL Federal Credit Union Regional            440 Credit union
The TJX Companies Regional            440 Department stores
Home Federal Bank Regional            439 Banks
Krystal Co. Regional            435 Fast food restaurants 
Johnson University Knox            430 4 year private college
Cherokee Health Systems Knox            425 Health care service
EdFinancial Services Knox            425 Student loan processing
Kohl's Department Stores Regional            415 Department stores
City of Pigeon Forge Sevier            414 Municipal government
Ripley's in the Smokies Sevier            405 Ripley's area attractions
City of Oak Ridge Anderson            404 Municipal government
Elavon Knox            400 Electronic payment, processing service center
Roane State College Regional            400 2 year community college
Crete Carrier Corp Loudon            400 Transportation - trucking
Tennier Industries Scott            400 Clothing
Custom Foods of America Knox            400 Frozen foods
Melaluca, Inc. Knox            400 Manufactures detergents, dental care, nutritional supplements, personal care
G.C. Services Knox            400 Service-financial services customer service center, collection agency
Brinker International  Regional            390 Full service restaurants: Chili's Grill & Bar
Hubbell Lenoir City Loudon            380 Polymer Concrete products
Carlstar Group Anderson            379 Manufacturing-industrial pneumatic tires for lawn, garden, heavy commercial vehicles
DWK Life Sciences Roane            375 Manufactures laboratory glassware
Maryville City Schools Blount            371 Government - Public School System
Roane County Government Roane            366 Municipal government
YMCA of East Tennessee Regional            365 Service - non-profit community organization
Nashua Corp. Jefferson             360 Paper rolls and labels
Shoffner Kalthoff Knox            357 Construction - mechanical & electrical contractor
City of Maryville Blount            353 Municipal government
Carlex Glass Co. Monroe            350 Manufactures automotive glass
Weigel's Farm Stores Inc. Knox            350 Service stations and convenience stores
House-Hasson Hardware Knox            350 Transportation - hardware distribution
ConAgra Cocke            345 Beans, tomato products
Great Smoky Mtns National Park Regional            338 Government - National Park
Bass Pro Shops Sevier            336 Sporting goods store
Gemtron Monroe            332 Tempered and decorative glass
Tate & Lyle Loudon            331 Manufactures bio-products, corn syrup, ethanol
Buddy's Bar-B-Q Regional            330 Fast food restaurants 
Maryville College Blount            329 4 year private college
Great Dane Scott            327 Flat bed trailers
Carson-Newman University Regional            320 four year private college
Leidos Engineering Anderson            316 Engineering, energy management & clean/renewable energy consulting
Jacobs Engineering Group Anderson            315 Engineering Services
City of Gatlinburg Sevier            305 Municipal government
Total Transportation of Mississippi Loudon            305 Transportation - trucking
Whirlpool Corp Knox            305 Appliance repair customer repair center; service center
Stokely Hospitality Enterprises Sevier            301 Full service restaurants, resorts: Applewood Farmhouse Grill; Leconte Lodge; Edgewater Hotel; Baskin Robbins
Union County Schools Union            300 Public school system
Malibu Boats Loudon            300 Manufactures wakeboard boats
Michael Dunn Center Roane            300 Service-Subcontracting, shredding, recycling, janitorial laundry service, temp service
Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Knox            300 Bottling and soft drink distribution
Pepsi Beverages Co Knox            300 Manufacturing & transportation-soft drink bottling & distribution
Answer Financial Inc Knox            300 Insurance customer service center
Dillard's Inc Regional            300 Department stores
Techmer PM LLC Anderson            300 Plastic additives and compounds
HT Hackney Co. Knox, Roane            300 Transportation - wholesale grocery distribution
US Foods, Inc Blount            300 Transportation-wholesale grocery distribution
Federal-Mogul Sevierville Sevier            300 Manufactures automotive engine valves
Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing Monroe            300 Manufactures sport boats
Mastercraft Boat Co Monroe            296 Manufacturing - fiberglass leisure boats
Red Lobster Hospitality Regional            290 Full service restaurants
Campos Foods Campbell            285 Fully-cooked frozen meats
Johnson Family of Restaurants Sevier            282 Full service restaurants: Alamo Steakhouse, Bennett's BBQ, Big Daddy's, Mad Dogs', Mama's Farmhouse
Travelers Insurance Knox            277 Personal lines insurance sales & service
Flowers Baking Co. of Knoxville Knox            269 Breads, rolls, snack cakes
ARC Automotive Knox            266 Manufactures automotive air bag actuators
Reinhart Foodservice ,LLC Blount            265 Distributor of general line groceries to resaurants
Best Buy Co.  Regional            265 Electronics & appliances stores
K12 Inc Blount            265 Virtual homeschooling academy support contact center
Lenoir City Schools Loudon            262 Public school system
Havco Wood Products Monroe            250 Manufactures laminated wood floors for trucks
Camellia Home Health of East TN Knox            250 Home healthcare
Gold's Gym Knox            250 Health club & fitness centers
Camel Manufacturing Campbell            250 Sewn canvas items
Norfolk Southern Corp. Knox            250 Railroad freight serving 22 states
Viskase Corporation Loudon            240 Synthetic meat casings
Sysco Knoxville Knox            230 Restaurants, hotels, schools, hospitals food distribution
Averitt Express Knox            223 Transportation - rrucking
Sonoco Products Company Cocke            215 Paperboard cores
Sonoco Products Company Cocke            215 Paperboard cores
Lisega Sevier             209 Pipe Hangers
Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc. Knox            200 Long-term care, assisted living, short-term & long-term rehab services
Takahata Precision America Scott            200 Plastic automotive parts
Skier's Choice Blount            200 Ski boats
Rockford Manufacturing Blount            200 Manufactures cotton, synthetic yarn, cordage

Source: Book of Lists, community websites 2021