Tennessee Certified Sites Take the Guesswork Out of Site Selection

27 Feb, 2017

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 fourth 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, 44 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, Fitzgerald Glider Kits in Overton County, Toledo Molding and Die, Inc. in Lincoln 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 in August 2014 and celebrated its grand opening in April of last year. The new 156,000-square-foot facility, located on 100 acres, will produce eight different firearms – six handguns, one shotgun and one sporting rifle. The Gallatin facility is expected to produce 500,000 firearms annually.

Hankook Tire chose a Select Tennessee Certified Site in Clarksville 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 will create approximately 1,800 full-time jobs for the region. Hankook broke ground in October 2014 and the new manufacturing facility will be complete by the end of this year.

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.  

The property evaluation program benefits Tennessee communities by 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. Since its launch in 2015, 25 counties have been chosen to participate in the property evaluation program.

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.   

Tennessee’s Available Certified Sites
231 North Business Park

210 Frank Martin Rd., Shelbyville, TN
Bedford County

Adamsville/McNairy North Industrial Park
Copeland Drive at State Hwy 22,
Adamsville, TN
McNairy County

Aerospace Park 1
Hamilton Rd., TN
Sullivan County
Airport Industrial Park - Site A     
574 Smith Ln., Jackson, TN
Madison County
Airport Industrial Park - Site B     
574 Smith Ln., Jackson, TN
Madison County
American Way Site
108 Industrial Dr., Ripley, TN
Lauderdale County
Aerospace Park 1
100 Cargo Center Dr., Blountville, TN     
Sullivan County

Bolivar Industrial Park
Lucy Black Rd. and Municipal Plaza Rd.,
Bolivar, TN
Hardeman 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

Christos Industrial Site
Industrial Dr. and Bob Davis Rd., Lewisburg, TN
Marshall County
City of Milan Industrial Park Site  
4999 Denton Fly - Milan Industrial Park,
Milan, TN
Gibson County
Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate
Business Park South   
3200 International Blvd., Clarksville, TN
Montgomery County    

Coffee County Joint Industrial Park
843 Joint Park Blvd., Tullahoma, TN
Coffee County
Dresden Pad Ready Site
Swanson Dr., Dresden, TN
Weakley County

Dyersburg Rail Site
4500 Hwy 211, Dyersburg, TN        
Dyer 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

Industrial Park South Site 5
R 2071 Elkton Pk., Pulaski, TN
Giles 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
Milan Commercial Complex, Graball Site        
2280 Hwy 104 West, Milan, TN
Gibson County
North Etowah Industrial Park Site          
239 Co 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 Pk., Bristol, TN     
Sullivan County

Pellissippi Corporate Center Lots 11 and 12
0 Kemp Fain Ln., TN
Knox County
Rialto Industrial Site         
4400 Hwy 51 North - Rialto Industrial Park,
Covington, TN  
Tipton 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 County
Technology Park II at Holston
Army Ammunition Plant
4509 West Stone Dr., Kingsport, TN
Hawkins County

Timberlake Industrial Site
1620 Timberlake - Wildersville Rd.,
Lexington, TN      
Henderson County

Tullahoma Airport Business Park
335 Ledford Mill Rd., Tullahoma, TN
Coffee County