Existing & Target Industries

Haywood, Tipton and Lauderdale counties are home to a diverse existing industry base featuring some of the most iconic companies in the world. Some of the industry clusters currently located in the area include Manufacturing, Health Care and Transportation and Warehousing.
The HTL region is attractive because of its central location, large urban workforce, low cost of living and taxes, abundant utilities and sites and our incredibly business-friendly environment.

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Existing Industries

Featured Industry

Marvin Windows

Beginning production in 1981, Marvin’s Ripley, Tennessee plant offers high quality, made to order wood and metal clad patio doors for both residential and commercial applications. From the original 40 associates, the team has grown to more than 700 today, and still growing! Our Ripley location is proud to not have had an involuntary lay-off of any regular, full-time associate in its history. Watch to learn the fascinating story of how Marvin chose Ripley, TN

Top Industries

By Employment

Company Type of Industry Employee Count County
Ford & SK Innovation (announced Sept 2021) OEM & EV Mfg 5,600 projected Haywood
Unilever Food Mfg 800 Tipton
Teknor Apex Chemical Mfg 700 Haywood
Lasco Fittings Plastic Fabrication 600 Haywood
Marvin Windows Wood & Other Wood Product Mfg 600 Lauderdale
Charms LLC Food Mfg 300 Tipton
SRG Global Automotive Products Mfg 300 Lauderdale
Komatsu/Pierce Distribution Distribution 300 Lauderdale
Mueller Brass Fabricated Metal Products Mfg 200 Tipton
Delfield Appliance Repair & Service Mfg. 200 Tipton
Precision Coils, LLC Precision-Engineered Replacement & OEM Coils Mfg 110 Haywood

TARGET INDUSTRIES

AUTOMOTIVE
The HTL Counties and their possibilities for growth in the automotive industry is one of the primary reasons that Ford and SK Innovations chose to locate Blue Oval City at the Memphis Regional Megasite. With a long history of companies specializing in fabricated metals and machinery manufacturing – Haywood, Tipton and Lauderdale Counties are poised for growth in this sector.

FOOD & BEVERAGE

The HTL region’s water quality, distribution infrastructure and workforce advantages make it a prime location for food manufacturers. The region has a strong existing base of food manufacturers, including a Unilever facility, soon to be the world’s largest ice cream production operation in the world. Combined with an available and skilled workforce, these factors make Haywood, Tipton and Lauderdale Counties a clear choice for food manufacturing.

  • Roughly 8,500 employed regionally in food and beverage manufacturing occupations
  • The region is home to 100 food and beverage manufacturing companies
  • The Memphis Aquifer offers an abundant water source
  • 1,700+ students are graduating annually from 18 programs of study at nine regional higher-education institutions related to food and beverage manufacturing.

PRECISION PRODUCTION

Manufacturing is a vital component of the industrial base in Haywood, Tipton and Lauderdale Counties. For generations, it has been a major part of the local economy and continues in that role to this day. The region’s workforce, transportation advantages, low costs of doing business and numerous incentives create an environment where manufacturers thrive.

  • Over 54,000 employed regionally in manufacturing occupations at more than 1,000 manufacturing companies
  • 850+ students are graduating annually from programs of study at seven regional higher-education institutions related to manufacturing
  • Direct access to Interstate 40 and close proximity to Interstate 55, with Interstate 69, now under construction will offer direct access to Canada and Mexico.

LOGISTICS & WAREHOUSING

Haywood, Tipton and Lauderdale Counties offer a skilled and trained workforce, along with an abundance of sites and buildings that offer direct or indirect access to road, rail, riverport and air supply lines. Most sites within the region are within a half hour drive of Memphis, an area known world-wide as “America’s Distribution Center” due to its ideal location and transportation infrastructure.

  • Nearly 13,000 employed regionally in transportation and logistics occupations at more than 530 transportation and logistics companies
  • 600+ students are graduating annually from 10 programs of study at six regional higher-education institutions related to transportation and logistics
  • Road: Direct access to Interstate 40 and close proximity to Interstate 55, with Interstate 69, now under construction will offer direct access to Canada and Mexico.
  • Air: Memphis International Airport (MEM) was named the world’s busiest cargo airport (2021) and is home to the FedEx Superhub
  • Ports: The Port of Memphis and the Port of Cates Landing allow shipments via the Mississippi River

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