Stateside: Tennessee

Training the Automotive Workforce of Tomorrow

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam has established automotive manufacturing and the educational requirements necessary to grow the industry as priorities for his administration.  

TAMA has also recognized the need to reinforce our organization’s place in advancing automotive manufacturing and responded by hiring our first full-time executive director, Ashley Frye. 

Collaborative relationships among TAMA, Tennessee Economic and Community Development and the vast array of educational resources that include the University of Tennessee and the State Board of Regents have quickly rallied to our common goal of strengthening all things automotive manufacturing.

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Tennessee by the Numbers

Ranked number one in automotive manufacturing strength five of the past six years and number one in the Southeast for automotive industry employment, with 117, 900 workers in 930 businesses, Tennessee has established itself as an industry powerhouse.

In 2015, Tennessee was ranked first in the South and sixth in the nation for exports of motor vehicle parts, with exports totaling more than $2.9 billion.

Nissan’s Smyrna plant was ranked number one among the most productive automotive operations in North America in 2015, cranking out 633, 347 cars, light trucks and SUVs.

Nick Patterson

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