Target Industries

The Tennessee Deparment of Economic and Community Development has identified the following industry sectors where southern middle Tennessee has a competitive advantage based on its existing industry, community resources and workforce capabilities.


The aerospace industry has significant growth potential in the eastern portion of the region near Tullahoma where Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), the most advanced and largest complex flight simulation test facility in the world, is located. The region’s close proximity to Army Material Command and NASA in Huntsville, Ala. also provide competitive advantages for recruiting aerospace companies to the region.


With its central location between Nissan’s plant in Smyrna, Volkswagen’s plant in Chattanooga and General Motors’ plant in Spring Hill, the entire Southern Middle Tennessee region is well-positioned to recruit automotive suppliers. With several large suppliers already present, the region is well positioned to expand its automotive supply base.


In the more rural western portion of the region, there is an ample supply of feedstock for biofuels production. This is because the region produces a large amount of biomass as well as wood waste from the forest industry, which has a strong presence in the western portion of the region. The presence of this already existing biomass and forestry waste creates a competitive advantage for the region in the biofuels sector.

Chemicals and Plastics:

Southern Middle Tennessee is already home to many chemicals and plastic manufacturers. In addition, the region’s Tennessee Technology Center has recently developed specific training programs focused on plastic molding injection. Leveraging these unique assets, the region is well positioned to expand its presence in the chemicals and plastics sector.

Source:  Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Southern Middle Tennessee Regional Strategic Plan