About the TVA Region

Industrial Products

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

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

Countless world-renowned 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 Komatsu among many others.

Skilled and Growing

  • More than 132,000 employed in manufacturing and growing 5% faster than the U.S. average
  • 14% growth in student graduate output from the region’s 251 technical schools, colleges, and universities
  • Competitive wage rates that are 8% lower 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
    • 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
  • Industry standard transmission reliability
  • 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.

TVA highlights Industrial Products