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Our Plastics/Chemicals Cluster

  • 18,832 people in our labor shed are employed in advanced materials
  • Eastman's World Headquarters is located in Sullivan County employing more than 7,000 people.
  • Eastman announced a $1.6 billion investment in their Sullivan County facility creating 350 more jobs in 2013.
  • Domtar Corporation makes high end sheet rolled paper in Sullivan County.
  • BAE has an explosives manufacturing plant in Sullivan County
  • We have an industrial site with rich infrastructure including rail access, Partnership Park 2, which is ideal for a Plastics/Chemical facility.
  • We export over $15 billion of manufactured product per year from our labor shed, the majority of which are in the chemical/plastics industry
  • We have more employees in the following sectors than the average US labor shed by the pecentages listed:
    • 210 times more in Artificial and Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing
    • 46 times more in Explosives Manufacturing
    • 31 times more in Rubber Product Manufacturing for Mechanical Uses
    • 3 times more in Plastic Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing
    • 2 times more in Urethane and Other Foam Products
    • The University of Tennessee in Knoxville has a Polymer engineering program
  • Sullivan County is located in a Foreign Trade Zone
  • From 2011-2016 our labor shed had growth in the following areas:
    • 792% growth in Urethane and Other Foam Products
    • 164% growth in Plastic Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturing
    • 35% growth in Explosives Manufacturing
    • 23% growth in Rubber Product Manufacturing for Mechanical Use
    • 8% growth in Artificial and Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturing


Who’s Here

Eastman Focus

  • Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of advanced materials, additives and functional products, specialty chemicals, and fibers that are found in products people use every day.
  • It provides coatings, adhesives and specialty plastics products, is a major supplier of cellulose acetate fibers, and produces PET polymers for packaging.


Domtar Focus

  • Domtar makes high end sheet-rolled paper in Sullivan County.
  • Annual paper production capacity of 414,000 tons.
  • Annual pulp production capacity of 282,000 tonnes.
  • 1 pulp line and 1 paper machine.

    BAE Focus

    • BAE makes explosives on a 1,200 acre site in Kingsport
    • 950 employees


    Our companies include:

    • 10 Pharmaceutical Preparation Manufactureres
    • 7 Rubber Product Manufacturers for Mechanical Uses
    • 5 Artificial and Synthetic Fibers and Filaments Manufacturers
    • 4 Polystyrene Foam Product Manufactureres
    • 4 Urethane and Other Foam Product Manufacturers
    • 3 Plastic Material and Resin Manufacturers
    • 3 Plastics Pipe and Pipe Fitting Manufacturers
    • 3 Unlaminated Plastics Profile Shape Manufacturers
    • 3 Mold Manufacturers
    • 3 Basic Inorganic Chemical Manufacturers
    • 2 Adhesives Manufacturers
    • 2 Explosives Manufacturers
    • 2 Custom Compounding of Purchased Resins Manufacturers
    • 2 Pesticide and other Agricultural Chemical Manufacturers
    • 2 Fertilizer Manufacturers
    • 2 Plastic Plumbing Fixture Manufacturers
    • 1 Plastic Bottle Manufacturer
    • 15 all other plastic product manufacturers


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    Our Community

    Sullivan County, Tennessee is home to companies and attractions known around the world.  Browse our website to learn all the reasons you should join Eastman, Bell, Domtar, Teleperformance, Home Shopping Network, Bristol Motor Speedway, and many others by locating a facility in Sullivan County!


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