Mastered in Tennessee
In the hills of Tennessee, Made in the U.S.A. comes with a footnote: Mastered in Tennessee. It’s a description that reflects the work ethic of the region’s manufacturing workforce. A workforce that makes things you use every day: cars and chemicals, food and beverage. And much more. The Volunteer State ranked #1 in business climate (Business Facilities, 2019) and boasts a rate of manufacturing jobs creation greater than the national average. Its lauded workforce is fueled in part by the Tennessee Promise, which provides the next generation of workers two years of tuition-free education after high school. Tennessee has the tools to help your business grow.
Our Team in Tennessee
Our economic development team is based with our operating company, Appalachian Power. We serve four counties in northeast Tennessee, which is home to several major chemical and plastic manufacturers, including the corporate headquarters and largest manufacturing operation of Eastman Chemical Company.
Contact John Smolak, Director of Economic and Business Development
- My career in economic development spans nearly 40 years with experience in both the private and public sector.
- I served as the president and CEO of the Franklin Southampton Economic Development, Inc., a public – private partnership representing the city of Franklin, Va. and Southhampton County. I have also served in several management and leadership roles with the West Virginia Development Office for the State of West Virginia.
- A graduate of Kent State University and of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, I was the chairman of the Southern Economic Development Council, a 17-state regional development association and served on the SEDC executive board of directors for 8 years.
Lay of the Land
Appalachian Power serves over 48,000 customers in the Volunteer State.
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Tennessee’s central location means your business can connect to customers and suppliers faster. Its business-friendly environment means low taxes, less red tape and a long history of fiscal responsibility. Here are more reasons to choose Tennessee.
Sullivan County is home to more than a half-dozen university and college campuses and satellite campuses.
The tri-cities area (Kingsport, Johnson City and Bristol) has two Class I railroads - Norfolk Southern and CSX.
CSX operates Kingsport Yards, an intermodal facility with capacity of 50,000 tons.
Our Tennessee service area offers direct access to interstates I-81 and I-26.
Tennessee has over 1,000 miles (1699 km) of interstate freeways.
The Tri-Cities Airport serves as an access point to nearly a dozen aviation, aeronautics and defense-related companies.
Tennessee has a AAA Bond rating by Moody’s, S&P and Fitch.
Power in Tennessee
Appalachian Power’s distribution and transmission offerings can accommodate large industrial users. We are poised to power your success. Here’s how.
Our industrial rates are 11 percent lower than the national average.
Demand Response Program
With our demand response program, you can sign up to reduce energy demand during high load periods or emergencies and receive a monthly payment.
Robust Transmission Capacity
Our robust transmission capacity supports large industrial users and design, build and maintenance services for customer-owned facilities.
We provide advisory services for industrial process improvements, renewable generation and more. Our energy capabilities can be customized for your needs.See more energy solutions