Transportation-Related Manufacturing

The Tennessee Valley is the second-largest automobile manufacturing region in the country. Driving their success is the region’s central location and ample transportation network connecting the two major U.S. automotive corridors, as well as its strong, dependable workforce.

The TVA region is home to a variety of both foreign and domestic OEMs and 7 of the Top 20 global automotive suppliers including:

Automotive OEMs

GM (2)

Transportation-Related OEMs

Carlisle Tires
Cooper Tire & Rubber
Titan Tire

Top 20 Global Suppliers

Calsonic Kansei
Johnson Controls

Skilled and Growing

  • Nearly 190,000 workers employed in Transportation-related manufacturing, a 40% increase since 2010
  • 14% growth in student graduate output from the region’s 251 technical schools, colleges and universities
  • Competitive wage rates averaging 6% cheaper than U.S. in Transportation Manufacturing

Industry Epicenter

  • Connects 2 major U.S. automotive manufacturing corridors across the Midwest and Eastern U.S.
  • Home to 4 of the Top 10 States for Auto Manufacturing (Center for Automotive Research, 2015)
  • 8 Best Performing Metros for transportation-related manufacturing
  • Exports $13.6 billion annually in transportation-related products
  • Produces nearly 1.3 million vehicles annually

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 Transportation-Related Manufacturing from the Tennessee Valley and each of its sub-regions below.


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