Industrial Products

The Tennessee Valley has a rich history in manufacturing a wide range of industrial products from chemicals and wood products to metals and other manufacturing. There are more than 132,000 individuals employed in manufacturing industrial products within the Tennessee Valley with a wide range of skill sets from machining and welding to industrial maintenance and mechatronics.

The strong business environment of the 7-state TVA region promotes manufacturing and R&D through low operating costs, access to a skilled and growing workforce, many world-class education and research institutions, and strong transportation infrastructure.

Countless world-renown industrial products companies are finding success in the TVA region including: Louisiana Pacific, International Paper, Du Pont, Alcoa Inc., Nucor Steel, Caterpillar, John Deere Power Products, Whirlpool Corporation, General Electric Appliance, Panasonic, and and Komatsu amongst many others.

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 averaging 8% lower cost than the U.S. average for Manufacturing

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 Industrial Product Manufacturing from the Tennessee Valley and each of its sub-region’s below. 

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