Chemicals, Plastics & Rubber

You need easy access to resources and transportation routes; a pipeline of well-trained workers; room to grow; and zoning laws that make it easier to get ahead. That’s why Tennessee is an ideal setting for chemicals, plastics and rubber operations.

Tennessee-based businesses enjoy favorable access to water, large acreage sites, efficient and easily accessible transportation routes, practical and business-friendly zoning regulations, a mild climate, a skilled and dedicated workforce, and high concentration of raw materials.

Our support doesnt end after you select a site. Just ask the healthy population of existing chemicals, plastics and rubber manufacturers in Tennessee. These companies require a vast scope of skilled jobs that range from chemists to logistics supervisors and production workers. 700+ establishments operate within this industry sector, including Eastman Chemical Company, Kilgore Flares, American Industrial Partners Inc., EI Dupont De Nemours, Chattem, Inc., Nu-Foam Products Inc., Teknor Apex, PMC Biogenix, Precision Molding Services, Jones Plastic & Engineering, Vi-Jon Laboratories, and Hamilton Plastics. They employ nearly 49,000 Tennesseans. Tennessee ranks twelfth in the nation and second in the Southeast for employment in this cluster. 

We understand this demand, which is why were collaborating with private and public universities to create top tier educational programs. The result is customized training that works in conjunction with needs of existing companies. Together, well continue to offer a challenging curriculum that ensures Tennesseans are on the forefront of building a stronger chemicals, plastics and rubber sector.

In 2017, Tennessee’s exports of chemicals totaled $4.45 billion, and exports of plastics and rubber products totaled over $771 million. Exports of chemicals since 2010 have grown by $390 million, while exports of plastics and rubber products have increased by 25.7 percent.


Tennesseans employed in chemicals, plastics and rubber industry.


operations in chemicals, plastics and rubber industry.

Recently, Bridgestone Americas partnered with Motlow State Community College to develop a mechatronics program based on the Siemens mechatronics systems approach to advanced manufacturing. It’s the only program in the U.S. to offer the three-step pathway for advanced manufacturing education.

Eastman Chemical Company
Motlow State Community College

$5 billion

capital investments from projects since 2011.

$4.45 billion

chemicals exported annually.

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