Consumer Products

The Tennessee Valley continues to be an innovative and competitive location for companies in the consumer products industry.  Assets such as a strong utility network offering low-cost reliable power and abundant water capacity, a workforce that has an expertise in manufacturing and distribution, and a location that allow companies to efficiently and effectively move product to both domestic and international markets have helped many consumer products companies grow profitability, meet product demand, and innovate.  From food manufacturing to every-day consumable products, manufacturers in the Valley benefit from a strategic location that helps them meet growing demand.

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 just some of the many big-name consumer products companies that have located and 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
  • Competitive wage rates in manufacturing between 16-18% lower cost 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
    • 6 major railways
    • 2 international and 10 commercial airports
    • Home to the FedEx International Hub and UPS
  • Valley states are amongst the lowest tax burdens and lowest cost to conduct business in the United States
  • Low cost of living with a high quality of life
  • Numerous available 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 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 seven-state TVA region have access to a host of resources to aid in their location search including market research, site evaluation and technical services, as well as a number of financing and incentive programs. 

Explore data on Consumer Products from the Tennessee Valley and each of its sub-region’s below. 

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