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Expand or Relocate to Tennessee

Tennessee Business Data

Relocate or Expand to Tennessee

TN business climate, manufacturer incentives, and advantages of local communities

Business Data for Tennessee


Total Labor Force

Unemployment Rate

# Manufacturers

Manufacturing Jobs

Right to Work

Unemp. Insurance Tax

Manufacturing stats updated on 3/6/2018. All other data updated on 11/13/2017. IndustryNet is not responsible for errors or omissions.
Corporate Income Tax
0.25% franchise tax of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property. Excise tax of 6.5% of taxable income.

Sales Tax
7%. Exemptions or reduced rates for qualified manufacturers on industrial machinery; industrial machinery authorization; pollution control equipment; material handling and racking systems equipment; industrial materials; headquarters facility; energy fuel and water; computers.

Property Tax
Real and personal property taxes are levied by cities and counties. Industrial and commercial real property is assessed at 40%. Industrial and commercial personal property is assessed at 30%. Manufacturers' finished goods inventories are exempt.

Leading Mfg. Industries
(by # of employees)
14% Transportation equipment
11% Fabricated metal products
10% Industrial machinery and equipment
10% Food and kindred products
7% Rubber and miscellaneous plastic products

Largest Mfg. Employers
(by # of employees)
Nissan North America, Inc. (Smyrna) - 8,000
Eastman Chemical Co. (Kingsport) - 7,000
Consolidated Nuclear Security (Oak Ridge) - 4,500
DENSO Mfg. Tennessee, Inc. (Maryville) - 4,428
McKee Foods Corp. (Collegedale) - 3,000
Counties with the Most Mfg. Jobs
Shelby - 54,220
Davidson - 42,558
Hamilton - 30,381
Rutherford - 26,288
Knox - 20,299

Cities with the Most Mfg. Jobs
Memphis - 45,599
Nashville - 36,813
Chattanooga - 24,155
Knoxville - 18,734
Smyrna - 11,648

Mfg. Related Business Incentives
• Jobs Tax Credit and Jobs Tax Super Credit
• Headquarters Tax Credit
• Tiered Rural Opportunity Initiative Jobs Tax Credit
• Integrated Supplier and Integrated Customer Tax Credit
• Industrial Machinery Tax Credit
• Sales and Use Tax Credit for Qualified Facility to Support an Emerging Industry
• Rural Opportunity Initiative Enhanced Jobs Credit
• Headquarters Relocation Expense Credit
• Fast Track Job Training Assistance Program
• Energy Efficient Loan Program
• Green Island Corridor Grant
• Rural Small Business and Entrepreneurship Loan Fund
• Private Activity Bonds
• Emerging Industry Tax Credit

Economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, and other organizations & businesses available to assist with your relocation to or from Tennessee

Topeka, KS
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Memphis, TN
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