Tennessee tops rankings for automotive manufacturing

Tennessee tops rankings for automotive manufacturing

Aug 12, 2015

By WBIR Staff, WBIR

(WBIR-Knoxville) Tennesse ranks number one in the country when it comes to automotive manufacturing.

Tennessee tops rankings for automotive manufacturingTennessee tops rankings for automotive manufacturingTennessee is the first state to win the honor back-to-back and has ranked No. 1 for automotive manufacturing strength for an unprecedented five times in the past six years.

“Good things are happening in Tennessee, and we appreciate Business Facilities for recognizing that. Thanks to the hard work of so many Tennesseans, we’ve become known around the world as a leading automobile manufacturing state, and through the Drive to 55, Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect initiatives, we’re becoming known as a state where employers can find the job skills they need no matter what the skill level may be,” Gov. Bill Haslam said. “We aren’t letting up on the gas. Whether it’s automotive strength, education, business climate or infrastructure, we are working every day to make sure Tennessee is well-positioned for the workforce challenges of today’s global market economy.”

Tennessee is home to more than 900 manufactueres and suppliers. The Nissan plant in Smyrna is actually the most productive manufacturer in the country! This year alone, 20 automotive projects have committed 4,565 new jobs across the state and nearly $1.1 billion in capital investment.

Tennessee Promise earned the state some praise as well, landing it top marks in the education category for the second year in a row.

“The leadership Tennessee has shown in education is a standard that should be emulated across the country,” Business Facilities Editor in Chief Jack Rogers said. “It’s also the smartest formula for sustainable economic growth.”

Tennessee also received accolades in the following categories.

  • 2 Best Business Climate
  • 2 Best Infrastructure
  • 4 Workforce Training Leaders
  • 7 Automotive Employment Leaders

Go here to see the entire list.

 

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