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Consumer Products

The Tennessee Valley continues to be an innovative and competitive location for companies in the consumer products industry. There are numerous assets that help businesses in this industry grow profitability, meet product demand, and innovate. They include:

  • A strong utility network offering low-cost reliable power and abundant water capacity
  • A workforce that has an expertise in manufacturing and distribution
  • A strategic location that allows companies to efficiently and effectively move product to both domestic and international markets

Bayer Consumer Products, Hershey Foods, Colgate-Palmolive, J.M. Smucker Company, Kellogg Company, Johnson & Johnson, General Mills, Mars, Medtronic, Unilever, and The Pillsbury Company are some of the big-name consumer products companies that are experiencing growth in the Tennessee Valley.

Skilled and Growing

  • More than 132,000 employed in manufacturing and growing 5% faster than the U.S.
  • 14% growth in student graduate output from the region’s 251 technical schools, colleges, and universities
  • Manufacturing wage rates that are 16-18% lower than the U.S. average

Access and Value

  • Strategic geographic position that is within a one-day drive from 75% of U.S. population
  • Robust transportation networks including:
    • 10 interstate highways
    • Six major railways
    • Two international and 10 commercial airports
    • Home to the FedEx international hub and UPS
  • Valley states have amongst the lowest tax burdens and lowest cost to conduct business in the U.S.
  • Low cost of living with a high quality of life
  • Numerous sites and buildings ready for development to allow speed to market

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 52% 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

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