Advantages across the board for cross-sector performance and profitability.

Central location, powerful talent pipeline, lower costs and a Tennessee certified industrial site are a few of the factors that make Shelbyville-Bedford the strategic choice for multiple sectors, including: 

Advanced manufacturing

Might from the middle. With $12.4 billion+ in investment (just since 2016) and employment concentration in the sector 34% higher than the national average, Tennessee has risen to become the nation’s leading location for advanced manufacturing. And the Tennessee region powering the state’s rise is right in the middle, stretching out along the corridors of I-24, I-65 and I-40 in Middle Tennessee. Cradled between I-24 and I-65, Shelbyville offers rapid access to key markets while also allowing your operation to tap into the strength of the area’s experienced workforce and an aligned talent pipeline that includes Middle Tennessee State University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Motlow State Community College.

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state in the nation for advanced manufacturing growth


Tier energy and opportunity. Tennessee has also taken the lead in the automotive sector, home to three major assembly plants, including Nissan and GM, both located less than 50 miles from Shelbyville-Bedford. Tennessee’s experienced automotive workforce—the state’s automotive employment is 3.27 higher than the national average—is supported here in Middle Tennessee by focused training through Tennessee College of Applied Technology, Motlow State Community College and Middle Tennessee State University. Tennessee is also moving fast to claim national electric vehicle leadership, propelled by developments like GM and LG Chem’s $2.3 billion joint electric battery plant. That means accelerating opportunity, and Shelbyville is ready now, already home to successful tier suppliers like Aludyne, Calsonic Kensei and Century Mold.

Top state in automotive strength in 5 of last 10 years
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Food processing

All the right ingredients. Shelbyville is a place where established brands like Tyson Foods are flourishing, and so are new enterprises like Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey Distillery, which in its first 3 years in business has won over 150 awards, including “World’s Best.” A state with a rich agricultural heritage, an affordable workforce that brings more to the table, a location and logistics to deliver products faster and more cost-effectively: Shelbyville-Bedford has the right mix of advantages for profitable food processing.

Warehouse / Distribution

Delivering the advantages. Start with a location in the middle of the state—a state that’s also in the middle of the country—then add strategic interstate highway logistics, plus an affordable workforce experienced in fulfillment. It’s those kind of signature advantages that have helped spur robust growth, including an $11 million expansion for Newell Brands’ Shelbyville packaging and distribution operations, delivering products including Sharpie markers and PaperMate pens. 


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