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Advanced Manufacturing

Siemens, Lifetime, Alcoa, 3M, GKN, Electrolux, BASF, Wacker, Carpenter Technologies, and LG Appliances are just a few of the advanced manufacturing firms that have found success in the Tennessee Valley. Advanced manufacturing in the TVA region supports a variety of companies in composites, chemicals, electronics, plastics, additive manufacturing, and metals manufacturing & processing.

Specialized Manufacturing

Tile manufacturing has become an integral part of advanced manufacturing in the Valley. The TVA region’s large mines of ball clay – a primary component of ceramic tile – have attracted companies from Italy, China, South America, and Spain, that together, have invested more than $800 million.

Composites is a niche industry that is gaining traction here as well. Knoxville, TN and Huntsville, AL are the Valley’s two locations that manufacture composite, which is made from raw materials and takes the shape of such things as the fin of a car, a lighter, or the door of a helicopter. Learn more about composites

Continued growth in advanced manufacturing is supported through our close proximity to customers and suppliers, an educated and innovative workforce, superior value, and reliable power.

Educated and Innovative

  • Growing workforce of 4.6 million
  • 14% growth in student graduate output from the region’s 251 technical schools, colleges, and universities
  • Major R&D facilities – Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA, Arnold Engineering, Redstone Arsenal, and Marshall Flight Center

Access and Value

  • One-day drive from 75% of U.S. population
  • Robust infrastructure including:
    • 10 interstate highways
    • Eight major railways
    • Two international and 10 commercial airports
    • Access to eight deepwater ports via Class-1 rail carrier
    • More than 1,500 available properties listed on TVAsites.com
  • Low business & personal taxation rates
  • Low cost of living

Competitive. Reliable. Diverse.

  • Largest public power company in the U.S.
  • Competitive rates – Lowest among peer utilities
  • 99.999% transmission reliability since 2000
  • Diverse power generation portfolio of nuclear, hydro, fossil, and renewables with over 56% non-emitting generation
  • TVA will have a 60% reduction in carbon emissions by 2020

In addition to competitively priced and reliable power, companies considering the TVA region have access to a host of resources to aid in their location search including market research, site evaluation and technical services, and financing and incentive programs.