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Distribution Centers

Distribution Companies

In addition to three major east/west and north/south interstates (I-75, I-40, I-81) that tri-sect in our region, we are served by two major railroads; our waterway system permits access to 22 states and to ports on both the Eastern seacoast and the Gulf of Mexico; a major regional airport; a US Customs port of entry and a foreign trade zone designation as well as a major cargo freight complex. 

With I-40 in Tennessee ranked the best stretch of roadway in the country and Tennessee’s overall road system ranked third in the nation by the nation’s truckers, the 15-county region is within a day’s drive of 70% of the US population. The highly-ranked supply chain management and logistics program at the University of Tennessee provides an excellent talent pool.

These assets create an ideal business climate for distribution centers.

  • Served by CSX and Norfolk Southern Railroads
  • Barge service on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway System
  • Regional airport with more than 125 flights daily to 20 major U.S. destinations
  • Up-to-date cargo freight complex
  • U.S. Customs Port of Entry
  • Foreign Trade Zone designation
  • Interstate 40 in Tennessee has been named Best Road in the US for the 4th year in a row by Overdrive Magazine.

Business Climate
Pro-business environment - Favorable business tax climate consistently in the top 1/3 of U.S. states

  • Attractive state, local, and utility incentives for new job creation and capital investment
  • State taxes ranking among the nation's lowest
    • No state property tax
    • Competitive corporate taxes
    • Available targeted jobs tax credit
  • Competitive gas, water, and sewer rates
    • Electricity generated by the Tennessee Valley Authority at rates 13% below the U.S. industrial average
    • Electricity reliability at 99.999% since 2000
    • Abundant water supply
    • Gas by East Tennessee Natural Gas
  • Available Buildings and Sites
    • Building costs 19% below the national average (RSMeans Construction Index 2015)
    • Competitive lease rates
  • Right-to-work state


  • Flexible, growing workforce of 550,000 in 15-county region
  • Workforce of 780,000 in 32 laborshed counties
  • Manufacturing workforce of 49,000 at costs 7% below the U.S. average
  • More than 5,000 engineers
  • Customized workforce training
  • Transferable skill sets
  • Competitive workers compensation rates
  • FastTrack Job Training Assistance Program with training to quickly provide skilled workers
  • University of Tennessee's supply chain management and logistics program ranked 9th in the nation


  • Located at juncture of three major interstates: I-40, I-75, and I-81
  • 70% of the US market within a day's drive
  • Rail service by Norfolk Southern, CSX, and local short-line railroads
  • Barge service on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway System
  • Regional airport offers more than 125 flights daily to 21 major U.S. destinations
  • US Customs Port of Entry and Foreign Trade Zone d0signation
  • Easy access to deepwater ports on the Atlantic and Gulf coasts
  • Interstate 40 in Tennessee named Best Road in the U.S. for the 4th year in a row by Overdrive magazine


  • Home of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Technology Corridor
  • Access to technology research at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), the world's premier laboratory in advanced materials
  • 16 user facilities across multiple disciplines