Largest Employers

Company County  Total Employees  Description
Y-12 National Security Complex Roane       10,986 Refurbishing nuclear weapon components and storage and recycling of nuclear material.
Covenant Health Regional         9,792 Health care system
The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Knox         9,384 State university
Knox County Schools Knox         8,082 Public education system
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Regional         5,998 Discount stores and wholesale clubs
University of Tennessee Medical Center (UHS) Knox         5,458 Health care system
DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. Blount         5,350 Advanced automotive components and systems
Clayton Homes, Inc. Regional         4,883 Manufactured and modular homes; financier & insurer of manufactured homes
Oak Ridge National Laboratory Roane         4,876 Research and Development
Dollywood Co./Dollywood Splash Country Sevier         4,500 Theme park and water park
State of Tennessee - Regional Offices Knox         3,286 State administrative offices
K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City)  Regional         3,104 Grocery stores and pharmacies
Sevier County Schools Sevier         3,000 Local public education system
Tennova Healthcare Regional         2,900 Health care system
Kroger Co. Regional         2,651 Grocery stores
Blount Memorial Hospital Blount         2,647 Area hospital
City of Knoxville Knox         2,644 Municipal government
Roark Capital Group Regional         2,627 Fast food restaurants 
Knox County Government Knox         2,500 County government
Tanger Five Oaks Sevier         2,500 Retail
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         1,847 Area children's hospital
Yum! Brands RSC Regional         1,824 Fast food restaurants 
UCOR Roane         1,816 Engineering, environmental management & clean-up
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. Regional         1,729 Restaurants and general stores
McGhee Tyson ANG Base Blount         1,728 Air National Guard unit
Blount County Schools Blount         1,701 public education system
CVS Caremark Corp. Knox         1,594 Drugstores and pharmaceutical distribution
Summit Medical Group, PLLC Regional         1,556 Primary care physician group
Copper Cellar Corp. Knox         1,540 Full-service restaurants
Brothers Management Knox         1,500 McDonald's franchise
The Home Depot, Inc. Regional         1,478 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
Elavon Knox         1,476 Electronic payment, processing service center
United Parcel Service (UPS) Knox         1,450 Shipping and delivery operation
Jefferson County Schools Jefferson         1,348 Public school system
Connor Concepts Regional         1,330 Full Service Restaurants: The Chop House, Connor's Steaks & Seafood
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Knox         1,326 Regional power authority & development agency
Burleson Brands Regional         1,325 Full-service restaurants: Aubrey's, Sunspot, Bistro by the Tracks, Barley's Taproom, Stefano's Pizza
Lowe's Home Improvement Regional         1,230 Home improvement warehouses and building supplies
JTEKT Automotive TN-Vonore Co. Monroe         1,200 Automotive steering systems
Darden Restaurants Regional         1,155 Full-Service Restaurants: Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse, Cheddar's
Hilton Worldwide Regional         1,110 Hotel group
Knoxville Utilities Board (KUB) Knox         1,106 Local utilities provider
England Furniture Claiborne         1,100 Furniture manufacturer
Old Dominion Freight Line Regional         1,100 Transportation - trucking
U.S. Postal Service Knox         1,060 Mail service
Anderson County Schools Anderson          1,050 public education system
Broadway Electric Service Knox         1,047 Construction - electrical contractor
Target Corp. Regional         1,045 Discount stores
Pellissippi State Technical Community College Knox         1,019 Two-year technical community college.
Oak Ridge Associated Universities Anderson         1,017 University consortium, partnerships between scientific research, government & industry
Monroe County Schools Monroe         1,009 Public school system
Newell Rubbermaid Blount         1,000 Manufacturing - plastic office accessories
Collier Restaurant Group Sevier            989 Restaurant operations
Roane County Schools Roane            950 Public education system
Discovery Inc. Knox            937 Cable networks - HGTV, Food Network, Do-It-Yourself, Fine Living & GAC
Vanderbilt Mortgage & Finance Blount            926 Manufactured homes financing
University Physicians Association Inc. Knox            920 Physicians group
Keurig Green Mountain  Knox            900 Manufacturer/distributor of single-cup beverages & brewers
Arconic Blount            898 Aluminum beverage can sheets
Aisin Automotive Casting Tennessee Inc. Anderson            867 Manufacture, casting, machining & assembly of timing chain covers, pistons, pumps, VVT's
Helen Ross McNabb Center Knox            850 Provider of mental health care, addiction recovery & social services
Southeast Foods Co., LLC/Pennant Foods Regional            830 Fast food restaurants 
Dollar General Corp. Regional            824 Retail trade - discount stores
Texas Roadhouse Regional            810 Full Service Restaurants
Choice Hotels  Regional            806 Hotel groups
Charles Blalock & Sons, Inc. Sevier            805 Hot and cold mix asphalt; ready-mix concrete
Eagle Bend Manufacturing Anderson            800 Manufactures auto body parts
OrthoTennessee Knox            800 Health care 
SL Tennessee Anderson            800 Manufacture gear shift assemblies, park brake levers, head & rear lights
SumiRiko Tennessee, INC. (DTR) Claiborne            800 Rubber automobile hose
InterContinental Hotels Regional            799 Hotel group
DeRoyal Industries Knox            785 Manufactures medical devices and healthcare products
Belk, Inc.  Regional            784 Department stores
First Horizon Bank  Regional            782 Banks
ADT Security Services Knox            780 Security system monitoring
Blount County Government Blount            774 County government
Restaurant Brands Intl. Regional            760 Fast food restaurants: Burger King, Popeye's
Chick-fil-A, Inc. Regional            749 Fast food restaurants 
Quality Home Health Knox            744 Health Services - home health providers
Cherokee Health Systems Knox            739 Health care service
Brunswick Boat Group & Sea Ray Boats, Inc. Knox/Monroe            728 Fiberglass pleasure boats
Diverse Concepts, Ltd. Regional            701 Full service restaurants: Blue Moose, Bullfsih, Carino's, Harrison's, Lakeside, Mellow Mushroom, Parkside, Timberwood
Subway Regional            699 Fast food restaurants 
Dine Brands Global Regional            690 Full service restaurants: Applebee's, IHOP
Oak Ridge City Schools Anderson            689 Local public education system
Kimberly-Clark Corp. Knox/Loudon            687 Paper towels and bath tissue
Regal Entertainment Group Knox            664 Movie theaters
Union County Schools Union            663 Public school system
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
Maryville City Schools Blount            641 Government - Public School System
Walgreens Regional            633 Pharmacies and convenience stores
Grainger Co Schools Grainger            626 Public education system
Wyndham Hotel Group Regional            620 Hotel group
Bojangles Restaurants Regional            613 Fast food restaurants 
AT&T, Inc. Regional            607 Telecommunications provider - telephone and internet.
Loudon County Schools Loudon            574 public education system
Sitel Anderson/Knox            563 Global customer interaction solutions provider
Publix Super Markets Regional            560 Grocery stores
Bloomin' Brands, Inc. Regional            550 Full service restaurants: Bonefish Grill, Carrabba's, Fleming's, Outback
Monterey Mushrooms, Inc. Loudon            550 Mushrooms
Harris Restaurant Group Regional            544 Fast food restaurants 
Accenture Hospitality Services Blount            541 Financial shared services center for Marriott International, Inc.
Shoney's Restaurants Knox            540 Full-service restaurants
Carlex Glass Co. Monroe            539 Manufactures automotive glass
Starbucks Regional            532 Coffee shops
Wilderness in the Smokies Sevier            530 Hotel & water park complex
Comcast of the South Knox            526 Broadband telecommunications services
National Fitness Center/Court South Knox            526 Health club
Hillcrest Healthcare Communities, Inc. Knox            525 Long-term care, assisted living, short-term & long-term rehab services
U.S. Cellular Corp. Knox            523 Cell phone, data systems and customer service center
Presbyterian Homes of TN Knox            511 Retirement communities and nursing homes
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
Domino's Pizza Regional            504 Fast food restaurants 
Siemens Healthcare Knox            502 Clinical imaging, preclinical & biomarker solutions
Fee Hedrick Family  Entertainment Sevier            501 Entertainment attractions
Averitt Express Knox            500 Transportation - rrucking
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 
City of Oak Ridge Anderson            480 Municipal government
ConAgra Cocke            475 Beans, tomato products
Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Blount            475 Full-service restaurants
O'Charley's Inc. Regional            473 Full service restaurant
SunTrust Bank Regional            471 Banks
Roane State College Regional            467 2 year community college
Ingles Markets, Inc. Regional            463 Grocery stores
Goodwill Industries Regional            451 Service-donation centers; thrift stores
American Book Co. Knox, Jefferson            450 Wholesale trade - books
Crete Carrier Corp Loudon            450 Transportation - trucking
Exedy America Corp.  Knox            450 Automotive parts - torque converters
FedEx (Express, Freight & Ground) Knox            450 Package distribution - motor freight
ORNL Federal Credit Union Regional            449 Credit union
Krystal Co. Regional            443 Fast food restaurants 
Weigel's Farm Stores Inc. Knox            441 Service stations and convenience stores
Home Federal Bank Regional            439 Banks
Knoxville TVA Employees Credit Union Knox            434 Credit union
Shoffner Kalthoff Knox            431 Construction - mechanical & electrical contractor
Johnson University Knox            430 4 year private college
Loudon County Government Loudon            430 Municipal government
Havco Wood Products Monroe            420 Manufactures laminated wood floors for trucks
Radio Systems Corp Knox            417 Manufactures pet containment & training products
Kohl's Department Stores Regional            415 Department stores
City of Pigeon Forge Sevier            412 Municipal government
Regions Financial Corp Regional            405 Banks
Ripley's in the Smokies Sevier            405 Ripley's area attractions
AMR - Rural/Metro Corp. of Tennessee Regional            400 Emergency ambulance and firefighting service
Carlstar Group Anderson            400 Manufacturing-industrial pneumatic tires for lawn, garden, heavy commercial vehicles
Custom Foods of America Knox            400 Frozen foods
Melaluca, Inc. Knox            400 Manufactures detergents, dental care, nutritional supplements, personal care
Knoxville News Sentinel Knox            400 Newspaper publishing
Malibu Boats Loudon            399 Manufactures wakeboard boats
Michael Dunn Center Roane            391 Service-Subcontracting, shredding, recycling, janitorial laundry service, temp service
Brinker International  Regional            390 Full service restaurants: Chili's Grill & Bar
Lenoir City Schools Loudon            387 Public school system
Knoxville Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Knox            382 Bottling and soft drink distribution
BB&T Bank Regional            380 Banks
Maryville College Blount            380 4 year private college
Leidos Engineering Anderson            375 Engineering, energy management & clean/renewable energy consulting
The TJX Companies Regional            375 Department stores
Roane County Government Roane            366 Municipal government
YMCA of East Tennessee Regional            365 Service - non-profit community organization
DWK Life Sciences Roane            360 Manufactures laboratory glassware
Travelers Insurance Knox            356 Personal lines insurance sales & service
Pepsi Beverages Co Knox            353 Manufacturing & transportation-soft drink bottling & distribution
G.C. Services Knox            350 Service-financial services customer service center, collection agency
House-Hasson Hardware Knox            350 Transportation - hardware distribution
Camellia Home Health of East TN Knox            345 Home healthcare
City of Gatlinburg Sevier            340 Municipal government
Answer Financial Inc Knox            339 Insurance customer service center
Bass Pro Shops Sevier            336 Sporting goods store
City of Sevierville Sevier            332 Municipal government
Buddy's Bar-B-Q Regional            325 Fast food restaurants 
Great Smoky Mtns National Park Regional            324 Government - National Park
Carson-Newman University Regional            320 four year private college
Jacobs Engineering Group Anderson            315 Engineering Services
City of Maryville Blount            308 Municipal government
Total Transportation of Mississippi Loudon            305 Transportation - trucking
Whirlpool Corp Knox            305 Appliance repair customer repair center; service center
Gold's Gym Knox            302 Health club & fitness centers
Dillard's Inc Regional            300 Department stores
HT Hackney Co. Knox, Roane            300 Transportation - wholesale grocery distribution
US Foods, Inc Blount            300 Transportation-wholesale grocery distribution
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
ARC Automotive Knox            266 Manufactures automotive air bag actuators
Best Buy Co.  Regional            265 Electronics & appliances stores
K12 Inc Blount            265 Virtual homeschooling academy support contact center
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
Energy Solutions Anderson            250 Nuclear engineering services
Federal-Mogul Sevierville Sevier            250 Manufactures automotive engine valves
Norfolk Southern Corp. Knox            250 Railroad freight serving 22 states
Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing Monroe            223 Manufactures sport boats
Republic Plastics Knox            200 Manufactures plastic tableware & foam plates
Rockford Manufacturing Blount            200 Manufactures cotton, synthetic yarn, cordage

 

Source: Book of Lists, community websites 2020