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Kingsport has a legacy of business and commerce that dates to the early 19th century when the location was a key shipping port for traders navigating the Holston River. Fast forward 100 years to 1917, and the city is re-chartered using a “Garden City” urban design – soon to become headquarters for a future FORTUNE 500 company called Tennessee Eastman Corporation.

Today, Kingsport is recognized as the economic and geographic center of the Tri-Cities (which includes Sullivan County, TN, Johnson City, TN, and Bristol, TN/VA.), and Eastman Chemical Company is one of the largest private employers in the state.

Kingsport is also known for its cultural and recreational events. Named a Top-20 July Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, the city’s nine-day Fun Fest is a signature occasion, featuring more than 100 activities and events with an annual attendance of 180,000.

Kingsport also harbors many historical hot spots, including Exchange Place, a living history farm of the early 1800s, and The Netherland Inn, the only registered historical site in the nation that was once both a stage stop and a boatyard.

And these are just the highlights.

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  • Colleges/Universities
  • Local Schools
  • Quality of Life
* List only includes manufacturing companies

Eastman Chemical Co.
200 S. Wilcox Drive Kingsport, TN 37662
(423) 229-2000

Number of Employees: 6800

BAE Systems Ordinance Systems
4509 W. Stone Drive Kingsport, TN 37660

Number of Employees: 525

Domtar Paper Company, LLC
100 Clinchfield Street Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 247-7111

Number of Employees: 330

Kingsport Publishing Corp.
701 Lynn Garden Drive Kingsport, TN 37660

Number of Employees: 190

Portola Packaging of TN
408 Tilthammer Drive Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 246-3732

Number of Employees: 105

Leclerc Foods TN, LLC
10444 Wallace Alley Street Kingsport, TN 37663
(423) 212-2240

Number of Employees: 60

Airgas Mid America
440 Industry Drive PO Box 178 Kingsport, TN 37662

Number of Employees: 52

Johnson Hillard, Inc.
1100 E. Industry Drive Kingsport, TN 37660
(423) 247-4176

Number of Employees: 49

Taylor Brands, LLC
1043 Fordtown Road Kingsport, TN 37663

Number of Employees: 45

Heritage Manufacturing Co. Inc.
5852 Orebank Road Kingsport, TN 37664

Number of Employees: 40


Kingsport's population has long been known for its excellent work ethic and dedication to family and home. The city is home to Eastman Chemical Company, its largest employer, and supports other industry-leading companies such as AGC Flat Glass and BAE Systems. Kingsport also supports a variety of other business, commerce and industry – everything from finance to farming – with more than 50 percent involving sales, office and professional occupations.

Kingsport is home to Holston Valley Medical Center, twice named one of America's Top 100 heart hospitals. The hospital is also ranked No. 1 in Tennessee for cardiology services. The city also offers Indian Path Medical Center and a HealthSouth rehabilitation hospital – as well as a number of medical and dental facilities – resulting in 380 physicians per 100,000 residents, more than twice the national average.

Kingsport has much to offer new businesses and incoming developers, including access to a regional workforce of approximately a half-million people.

The following colleges and universities are located within three hours of Kingsport.

Carson-Newman College - Jefferson City
Cleveland State Community College - Cleveland
Crown College - Powell
East Tennessee State University - Johnson City
East Tennessee State University at Bristol
Hiwassee College - Madisonville
Johnson Bible College - Knoxville
King College - Bristol
Kingsport Center for Higher Education - Kingsport
Knoxville College - Knoxville
Lee University - Cleveland
Lincoln Memorial - Harrogate
Maryville College - Maryville
Milligan College - near Elizabethton
Northeast State Technical Community College - Blountville
Pellissippi State Technical Community College - Knoxville
Roane State Community College - Harriman
Tennessee Wesleyan College - Athens
Tusculum College - Greeneville
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Walters State Community College - Morristown

Appalachian College of Pharmacy - Grundy
Appalachian School of Law - Grundy
Bluefield College - Bluefield
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Blacksburg
Emory & Henry College - Emory
Graham Bible College - Bristol
Hollins University - Roanoke
Jefferson College of Health Sciences - Roanoke
Mountain Empire Community College - Big Stone Gap
New River Community College - Dublin
Radford University - Radford
Roanoke College - Salem
Southwest Virginia Community College - Richlands
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center - Abingdon
University of Virginia's College at Wise - Wise
Virginia Highlands Community College - Abingdon
Virginia Intermont College - Bristol
Virginia Tech - Blacksburg
Virginia Western Community College - Roanoke
Wytheville Community College - Wytheville

North Carolina
Appalachian State University - Boone
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - Asheville
Brevard College - Brevard
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute - Hudson
Catawba Valley Community College - Hickory
Forsyth Technical Community College - Winston-Salem
Gardner-Webb University - Boiling Springs
Haywood Community College - Clyde
Isothermal Community College - Spindale
Lees-McRae College - Banner Elk
Lenoir-Rhyne College - Hickory
Mars Hill College - Mars Hill
Maryland Community College - Spruce Pine
McDowell Technical Community College - Marion
Montreat College - Montreat
Piedmont Baptist College - Winston-Salem
Salem College - Winston-Salem
Southwestern Community College - Sylva
Surry Community College - Dobson
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Winston-Salem
Warren Wilson College - Asheville
Western Carolina University - Cullowhee
Western Piedmont Community College - Morganton
Wilkes Community College - Wilkesboro
Winston-Salem State University - Winston-Salem

Local Schools

Dobyns-Bennett High

Jackson Elementary (4-year-old classes available)

Jefferson Elementary (4-year-old classes available)

John Adams Elementary (4-year-old classes available)

Johnson Elementary (4-year-old classes available)

Kennedy Elementary (4-year-old classes available)

Kingsport Child Development Center (4-year-old classes available)

Lincoln Elementary (4-year-old classes available)

New Horizons Alternative (middle school and high school classes)

Palmer Center Preschool (3- or 4-year-old classes)

Robinson Middle

Roosevelt Elementary

Sevier Middle

Washington Elementary

The City of Kingsport strives to offer a quality atmosphere for its families and community. With activities for all ages, Kingsport is an excellent place for any family to live. The city schools of Kingsport are among the best in Tennessee and Kingsport is also home to many organizations and clubs that greatly benefit the area. Parks, public art, shopping, antiques, fine local restaurants, and the many planned public events are some of the various means of entertainment in Kingsport. Parks for the children include Bays Mountain Park, which is known for its wolf and raptor enclosures and its state of the art Planetarium, the Riverview Splashpad, which is a free water playground beside the V. O. Dobbins Community Center, the Scott Adams Memorial Skate Park, which is open for bikers and skateboarders of all ages, and Hunter Wright Stadium where spectators can watch Major League baseball's future superstars. The Kingsport Renaissance Center is home to the Senior Center, the Cultural Arts Division, the Kingsport Art Guild, the Kingsport Theater Guild and the Kingsport Symphony Association for the entertainment of all Kingsport Citizens.