Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Lauded in national publications as the U.S. city with the most economic potential, Chattanooga, Tennessee and its surrounding region has attracted nearly $6 billion in capital investment in the last several years, creating jobs in a range of industries. These investments define the region’s five high-growth business sectors: automotive, manufacturing, energy, customer care centers and food and beverage.
Volkswagen chose Chattanooga as the location for their first and only manufacturing plant in the United States in 2008, resulting in a $1 billion foreign direct investment. Then in 2014, Volkswagen announced an additional investment of $600 million to build its new SUV model in the U.S., resulting in a new capital investment of $600 million and 2,000 new jobs. The announcement attracted automotive suppliers immediately thereafter, such as French-owned manufacturer Plastic Omnium, with a $70 million investment and 300 new jobs in 2014, Chinese-owned manufacturer Yanfeng, with a $55 million investment and 325 jobs in 2015, and Spanish-owned manufacturer Gestamp with a $180 million investment and 510 jobs.
Chattanooga has been recognized as “a manufacturing magnet” by CNBC, and a city that is “ushering in the rebirth of American Manufacturing”, according to Industry Week. Expansions in 2015 included: Amazon with 400 jobs, Fillauer with 40 jobs, Marketing Alliance Group with 100 jobs, RemSourceUSA with 90 jobs, Schnellecke Logistics USA with 300 jobs, and the addition of aircraft maintenance and repair company, West Star Aviation, with 200 jobs.
Chattanooga's advanced telecommunications and data infrastructure has helped attract new customer service center jobs, as well as notable startup and tech companies, since 2012. HomeServe USA, an independent provider of home repair service plans, recently celebrated five years in the Scenic City with 350 employees after three expansions since 2012. Additionally, Vayner Media Group and Open Table have opened new offices in Chattanooga’s Innovation District.
Thanks to 5-star logistics and low-cost utilities, Chattanooga is the birthplace and current manufacturing home of many iconic food and beverage products, including the world’s first bottled Coca-Cola. In 2014, Coca-Cola Bottling Company United continued its 115-year Chattanooga legacy with a $62 million expansion, creating 43 new jobs and retaining 270. Additionally, McKee Foods Corporation, maker of Little Debbie snack cakes, expanded their operations in 2015 with a new corporate headquarters, a $102 million investment and an additional 50 jobs.
Chattanooga and its surrounding region, including Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama, has employed a cooperative spirit to emerge as a hub for advanced manufacturing, technology, and logistics. Since 2008, the Chattanooga region has attracted more than $4 billion in new industrial investment and delivered more than 4,000 trained-to-order advanced manufacturing workers. Major regional investments include Wacker Chemie in Bradley County with a $1.8 billion investment, Shaw Industries in Whitfield County with a $350 million investment and 1,000 jobs, and Audia in Walker County with a $50 million investment.
The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce serves as the economic development organization for Chattanooga and Hamilton County, providing marketing support to the entire region. We offer full site selection services including RFI response, coordinating community visits, assistance with identifying potential sites, incentives negotiation, and project management.
The Chattanooga Chamber is accredited with four stars by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Our staff has been recognized for excellence with national awards for recruitment and marketing by both the IEDC and ACCE. Chattanooga’s advanced 600 square-mile 10-gigabit fiber grid technology, paired with an excellent logistical infrastructure and business-friendly environment, has made Chattanooga a manufacturing magnet, innovation center and the automotive center of the South. We would be delighted to show you why Chattanooga has become one of the most sought-after business locations in the United States.