With Knoxville’s long history as a manufacturing center, it’s no surprise that one of the city’s primary industries today is advanced manufacturing, marked by significant technological advances and scientific breakthroughs.

Home to world-class research institutions like Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Y-12 National Security Complex, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), and the University of Tennessee, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley is one of the nation’s premier science and technology centers.

These assets fuel innovation in advanced materials like carbon fiber and other composites, which are used in advanced and additive manufacturing. Numerous Knoxville-based manufacturers utilize this technology in the emerging world of 3-D printing.

Major manufacturing sectors in the region include automotive suppliers, medical equipment, and specialty foods.