Month: October 2017

Advanced Manufacturing Drives Knoxville Into the Future

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...

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Manufacturing Builds Foundation for Knoxville Business Community

As capital of the Southwest Territory of the United States, Knoxville’s centralized location spurred significant migration to the city during the early 1800s. The population’s pioneering spirit generated early economic growth, attracting skilled workers to the region and prompting entrepreneurs to establish businesses downtown. That spirit sustained the city through the Civil War, after which, railroad expansion ushered in an era of wholesaling and manufacturing. In the 1870s and 1880s, residents leveraged the region’s natural resources to open manufacturing centers for marble and stone works, timber products, furniture, and iron works, distributing their goods on the young nation’s newly-minted...

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