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With more than 930 auto suppliers and one of the lowest tax burdens in the nation, Tennessee is the beating heart of the southern automotive corridor.
Tennessee’s automotive manufacturing cluster includes three major assembly plants and automotive operations in 88 of 95 counties. Nissan’s North American headquarters is in Franklin, and its plant in Smyrna is the most productive in North America. With General Motors in Spring Hill, Volkswagen in Chattanooga, and Ford joining the lineup as the 4th OEM in Memphis, Tennessee continues to invest in training for the state’s high concentration of automotive employment, a number that’s 3.27 times the national average.
Transportation equipment is Tennessee’s top export – accounting for 12% of Tennessee’s total exports. In 2020, 4 percent of all U.S.-made cars, light trucks and SUVs were produced in Tennessee.
Automotive-related manufacturers in Tennessee include Hankook Tire, Bridgestone Americas, Calsonic Kansei, Magnetti Marelli, SL Tennessee, Denso Manufacturing, Yorozu Automotive, JTEKT, Mahle, and M-Tek.
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Tennesseans employed by automotive establishments
Automotive establishments in Tennessee
Billion in foreign investments in Tennessee operations
In the Southeast for automotive employment
Cars, light trucks and SUVs produced annually
Billion in automotive exports in 2020
Electric vehicles manufactured in Tennessee since 2013