Mastered in Northeast Tennessee: 17 Products You Didn’t Know We Made

Northeast Tennessee is known for its music, history, racing, culture, outdoor meccas and even for its hospitality, but what about the products you see and use every day? From the moment you wake up to the moment you go to sleep, you’re probably using products made in Northeast Tennessee. Take a look at just a few items and see how we impact your day.

  1. Toothbrush
    Morristown is home to Team Technologies, a leading custom contract manufacturer of dental, medical, cosmetic, and industrial products.

  2. Water Heater
    AO Smith in Johnson City is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of residential and commercial water heaters and boilers, featuring the best-known brands in North America, China, and India

  3. Packaging
    Elizabethton hosts International Paper, one of the world’s leading producers of fiber-based packaging, pulp and paper, serving 150 countries.

  4. In Your Vehicle
    Surgoinsville is home to Cooper Standard, a leading global supplier of rubber and plastic sealing, fuel and brake lines, fluid transfer hoses and anti-vibration systems found in vehicles.

  5. Tools
    Also found in Elizabethton, Snap-On Tools makes hand tools and other solutions for vehicle dealerships and repair centers, as well as customers in industries including aviation and aerospace, mining, natural resources and power generation.

  6. Yarn and Cotton
    Parkdale Mills calls Mountain City home and produces yarn for textiles and other cotton products such as swabs and make-up removers using U.S. cotton, and is the country’s largest ring spinning operation.

  7. Sunscreen
    Johnson City is also home to Crown Laboratories, a leading sunscreen manufacturer under the brand of Blue Lizard.

  8. Tumblers
    Chances are you’ve drank from a tumbler that is made of plastic from Eastman Tritan in Kingsport.

  9. Milk
    Sayland Dairyin Jonesborough produces milk that is sold locally to Ingles’ Laura Lynn brand.

  10. Bags
    The Robinette Company in Bristol and Piney Flats produces bags that hold everyday items like biscuit mix, dog food, wood chips, socks, and more.

  11. Lawn Mowers
    From welding, to painting the famous John Deere colors, there’s a good chance that your John Deere riding lawnmower was made in Greeneville by Power Products, Inc.

  12. Helicopters
    Customers from all over the world work with Bell Helicopter on designing and producing custom made helicopters in Blountville.

  13. Bricks
    From sidewalks, buildings, homes, patios, walls and more, General Shale is North America’s leading brick manufacturer and is based out in Piney Flats. We also love the Museum of Ancient Brick housed in their cooperate office in Johnson City.

  14. Dr. Enuf and Mountain Dew
    Packed with vitamins and a distinct taste, locals love Dr. Enuf produced by Tri-City Beverage Corporation in Johnson City. This was also the first company to franchise bottling of Mountain Dew.

  15. Wrapping Paper
    American Greetings can be found in Greeneville, creating gift wrap to help consumers honor people and special moments.

  16. Paper
    Domtar‘s Kingsport mill produces fiber for the manufacture of uncoated, free-sheet copy paper. It’s also a stand-alone energy source reusing up to 100 percent of its manufacturing waste.

  17. Fuel for the U.S. Navy
    Nuclear Fuel Services in Erwin has been the sole manufacturer of nuclear fuel for the U.S. Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered air craft carriers and submarines since 1964. 

While these are just a handful of select everyday items mastered in Northeast Tennessee, we bet you could think of even more! 

Graphic provided by UT Center for Industrial Services Institute on Public Service and MEP National Network.

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