An Easy Choice: Tennessee Certified Sites

10 Jul, 2015

By: Governor Bill Haslam

Not all sites are created equal.

That’s why Tennessee has taken the guesswork out of locating a site.  With the state’s award-winning Select Tennessee Certified Sites Program, the risks of expansion or relocation decisions have been minimized for corporate decision makers worldwide.

Now beginning its third year, the Select Tennessee program sets a constant and rigorous standard on which site selectors and companies can rely when making business-critical location decisions.

To qualify as a Select Tennessee Certified Site, the property must meet strict qualifications that include:

  • A minimum of 20 developable acres

  • Utilities onsite or a formal extension plan in place

  • A boundary survey and topographic maps already completed

  • Documented environmental conditions and geotechnical analysis

  • Minimized risk factors for development

  • Certification by Austin Consulting.

The benefits to prospects are many: uncertainty is minimized, issues are preemptively identified, thorough due diligence process is demonstrated, development timeline is shortened and costs are reduced.

The Select Tennessee program also helps Tennessee communities understand and ensure they are consistent with modern global location standards. The benefits of advice and guidance from national site selection firms are invaluable and result in better community preparedness for new business investment and industry expectations. 

To date, 34 sites have been certified under the program. Six of those sites have been selected by the likes of Hankook Tire in Montgomery County, Beretta and American Colors in Sumner County, SL Tennessee in Anderson County, Second Harvest Distribution Center in Benton County and Dot Foods Distribution Center in Dyer County. 

Beretta broke ground on a new $45 million facility last August that will house all of the company’s U.S manufacturing operations. Eventually around 300 people will be employed at the Gallatin, Tennessee, facility. The company hopes to be making guns in the new plant by the fourth quarter of 2015.

Hankook Tire chose a Select Tennessee site in Clarksville, Tennessee, for its first-ever U.S.-based manufacturing facility. The company is investing more than $800 million for a new state-of-the-art plant to provide additional capacity for Hankook’s growing business in the U.S. market and creating approximately 1,800 full-time jobs for the region. The company broke ground last October and is expected to begin tire production by 2016. 

Tennessee has also launched the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program to further improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee by evaluating potential properties and advising local communities on where investment may be most beneficial and what steps may be needed to address issues. 

This new competitive application property evaluation program will benefit Tennessee communities through emphasizing the importance of and assisting with planning for the future. This includes both readying industrial properties for near-term development as well as creating a pipeline of properties for future development. The first round of applications will be accepted in the fall of 2015.

Tennessee’s inventory of available, certified sites doesn’t end with the Select Tennessee Program. The state also is home to the Memphis Regional Megasite (MRM), a premier advanced manufacturing site in the southeastern U.S. 

The MRM’s central location, massive size, solid infrastructure and a committed team of business and government leaders make this certified Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) Megasite the future of manufacturing in the Southern Automotive Corridor.

The 3,840-acre megasite is backed by a $57 million infrastructure investment and offers advantages that include:

  • Only 45 minutes from the Memphis International Airport, the busiest cargo airport in the Western Hemisphere, and home of the FedEx World Headquarters

  • CSX Rail that connects the MRM to four Class I rail systems in the area

  • A location within 50 miles of 10 four-year colleges, six two-year institutions and six state technology centers, guaranteeing a steady pipeline of qualified workers and resources.

More information on Tennessee’s remaining Select Tennessee sites and the Memphis Regional Megasite is available on the state’s economic development website. There you will find site overviews, information on utility services, technical studies and reports, downloadable summary sheets and drone video footage of each site. 

Tennessee’s Available Certified Sites

Aerotropolis Logistics Park Site    

4542 American Way, Memphis, TN

Shelby County


Airport Industrial Park - Site A      

574 Smith Lane, Jackson, TN

Madison County


Airport Industrial Park - Site B      

574 Smith Lane, Jackson, TN

Madison County


American Way Site 

108 Industrial Dr., Ripley, TN

Lauderdale County


Aviation Park 1

100 Cargo Center Dr., Blountville,  TN      

Sullivan County


Bristol Business Park         

1559 Vance Tank Rd., Bristol, TN

Sullivan County


Cardiff Valley Road Site    

284 Cardiff Valley Rd., Rockwood, TN

Roane County


Centre 75 Business Parke, Lot 7 

1600 Centre Park Dr., Loudon, TN          

Loudon County


Cherry Glen Industrial Park          

103 Sam Watkins Blvd., Mount Pleasant, TN    

Maury County


City of Milan Industrial Park Site  

4999 Denton Fly RD. - Milan Industrial Park, Milan, TN

Gibson County


Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate Business Park South     

3200 International Blvd., Clarksville, TN

Montgomery County


Dyersburg Rail Site

4500 Hwy. 211, Dyersburg, TN         

Dyer County


Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Park - Lot 4       

1900 Winchester Hwy., Fayetteville, TN 

Lincoln County


Gallatin Industrial Center, Phase II         

4000 Gateway Dr., Gallatin, TN    

Sumner County


Gibson County Industrial Park - North Site        

2725 North Central Ave., Humboldt, TN

Gibson County


Gibson County Industrial Park - South Site       

2725 North Central Ave., Humboldt, TN 

Gibson County


Horizon Center, Development Area 6     

201 Renovare Blvd., Oak Ridge, TN       

Roane County


I-40 Advantage Industrial Park Site         

790 Windrow Rd., Brownsville, TN          

Haywood County


Jones Road Site     

2693 Upper Jones Rd., Kingston  TN      

Roane County


Lake County Industrial Site at Cates Landing   

4530 Tennessee 22, Tiptonville, TN        

Lake County


Langley Hall Industrial Site East

1384 Airport Rd., Gallatin, TN       

Sumner County


Langley Hall Industrial Site West 

1385 Airport Rd., Gallatin, TN       

Sumner County


Memphis Regional Megasite        

854 Thorpe Rd., Mason, TN      

Haywood County


Milan Commercial Complex, Graball Site           

2280 Hwy. 104 West, Milan, TN

Gibson County


North Etowah Industrial Park Site           

239 County Rd. 512, Etowah, TN        

McMinn County


Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Center       

4118 North Clover St., Union City, TN    

Obion County


Partnership Park II  

2504 Weaver Pike, Bristol, TN      

Sullivan County


Rialto Industrial Site           

4400 Hwy. 51 North - Rialto Industrial Park, Covington, TN    

Tipton County


Sandstone Village Site      

30 Sand Pebble Rd., Jackson, TN

Madison County


State Road 111 Industrial Park    

310 Oak Hill Rd., Livingston, TN  

Overton County


Team Lawrence Commerce Park - East 

3309 US Hwy. 43 North, Ethridge, TN

Lawrence County


Team Lawrence Commerce Park - West

3309 US Hwy. 43 North, Ethridge, TN     

Lawrence Ethridge, TN


Timberlake Industrial Site  

1620 Timberlake-Wildersville Rd., Lexington, TN         

Henderson County