Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner of Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Advanced Materials

A legacy of excellence

Innovation. Location. Skill. Tennessee has all the tools you need for success in the advanced materials industry.

There’s a long history of manufacturers, both domestic and foreign, migrating to Tennessee for advanced materials production. We welcome you to join the legacy.

With our geographical advantage and access to natural resources, advanced material manufacturers in Tennessee have distinguished themselves from regional and national competitors in glass, rubber and ceramics industries. These manufacturers employ 16,800+ Tennesseans, ranking us 3rd in the nation for employment in the advanced materials industry. Combine location with our skilled and stable workforce and you’ll have a competitive advantage in Tennessee.

The automotive industry and advanced materials go hand-in-hand in Tennessee. The continued influx of automotive investment into our state bolsters glass and rubber production, generating substantial revenue. Major automotive manufacturing companies like Bridgestone and Hankook Tires are headquartered in Nashville and employ nearly 4,000 workers with the skills to manufacture over 5,800 tires per day. Our employees experience a fantastic quality of life, earning salaries that are higher than both the regional and national average for the tire manufacturing industry.

Giants in the ceramic tile industry such as Florium USA, Dal-Tile Corporation, Landmark Ceramics, Rainbow, Inc. and Smalticeram USA Inc. greatly benefit from the abundance of Tennessee’s natural resources and raw materials used in the ceramics and clay industry, such as plastic, feldspar and ball clay. In fact, we are the #1 state for ball clay mining; 90% of U.S. manufactured tile includes Tennessee ball clay. This yields a few more #1’s for Tennessee—we are the #1 state for the growth in ceramics establishments and the #1 state for growth in ceramics employment concentration. $33 Million in clay products are exported annually from Tennessee.

Tennessee is the right place at the right time to manufacture advanced materials. An ideal location, skilled workforce and competitive wage mean a more efficient operation and increased revenues.

Quick Facts

16.8K+

Tennesseans employed by advanced material establishments

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170+

Advanced materials establishments in Tennessee

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1,800+

Tennesseans employed in ceramic tile manufacturing

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50+

Clay industries establishments

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#1

In the U.S for growth in ceramics employment concentration and establishment

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#1

In the U.S. for flat glass manufacturing employment

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#1

In the U.S. for ball clay mining

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90% of all U.S. tile includes Tennessee ball clay

Lodge Cast Iron

Hankook Tire

Bridgestone in Warren County

Wonderful Porcelain

Carlex Glass

Tennessee is proud to promote

the company we keep

Advanced Materials Employment Concentration