Obion County welcomes all new business and opportunity to the local area, however we feel there are certain industries which we can service efficiently with results in strong economic growth.

Agriculture and Manufacturing in One Location

As a rural location with a heavy industrial presence,the Ken-­‐Tenn region is a natural fit for companies producing parts for agricultural equipment.

What You May Not Know About the Region:

  • Minimal organized labor in all industries
  • Interstate-­‐quality 4-­‐lane highways and future I-­‐69 NAFTA Superhighway
  • Two river ports, one of them brand new, offer direct rail service
  • University of Tennessee at Martin offers BS in Engineering

Good Fits

  • Farm machinery manufacturing
  • Plastics
  • Fabricated metal
  • Metal stamping

Operating Environment

  • Accelerated permit processing for manufacturing and distribution operations
  • Aggressive local and state incentives
  • Available buildings

 


Automotive

Skilled Labor and Access to Markets

This areas offers a workforce deeply skilled in the factory work associated with auto parts production. We have a body of experienced workers and training programs that can adapt to your company's needs. Located near multiple major manufacturers in the southeastern U.S. the automotive industry segment also includes manufacturing for road, rail, and water transportation equipment.

What You May Not Know About the Region:

  • Minimal organized labor in all industries
  • 40 OEMS in a 500-­‐mile radius
  • Interstate-­‐quality 4-­‐lane highways and future I-­‐69 NAFTA Superhighway
  • Two river ports, one of them brand new, offer direct rail service
  • University of Tennessee at Martin offers BS in Engineering

Good Fits

  • Auto stamping
  • Industrial machine and electrical equipment
  • Motor vehicle parts
  • Fabricated metal parts
  • Foundries
  • Instruments
  • Plastics products

Market Proximity Highways

Highways
  • 4-­lane Interstate quality highways with limited cross traffic and relatively low traffic volumes
  • Excellent bypass roads
Rail
  • Class I Rail (Canadian National)
  • Short line rail to industrial parks, ports
River Ports
  • Mississippi River/Gulf Access:
  • Cates Landing – new slack water port above 100 yr flood plain
  • Port of Hickman – Tenn-­Ken shortline rail to CN

 


Food Processing

Easy Access to Major U.S. Markets

Located on the Mississippi River, Obion County boasts a rich agricultural heritage, particularly; grains,
soybeans and livestock. We also have the means to deliver food products to much of the U.S. within 8 hours.

What You May Not Know About the Region:

  • No organized labor in agriculture or food processing.
  • Interstate-­‐quality 4-­‐lane highways and future I-­‐69 NAFTA Superhighway
  • Two river ports, one of them brand new, offer direct rail service

Good Fits

  • Pet food manufacturing
  • Livestock/Animal feed processing
  • Snack food manufacturing
  • Cookies & Crackers manufacturing
  • Meat processing
  • Oil seed/edible oils processing
  • Hydroponic greenhouse production

Utilities

Electricity
  • TVA Top 10 Utility (Site Selection magazine)
  • 99.9% reliability since 2000
  • Some of lowest rates in nation

 


The Obion County Joint Economic Development Corporation is very aggressive in it’s efforts to bring additional industry to Obion County.

Employer

Business

Employees

Year

Tyson Foods Inc. Poultry Processing 1,800 1995
Williams Sausage Company Sausage Meat Products 680 1958
Baptist Memorial Hospital Healthcare 365 1950
Titan Tire Off-Road Tires 300 2011
Kohler Tub & Shower Enclosures 225 1967
MVP Brands Imported Goods 150 1979
Greenfield Products Steel Fabrication 120 2007
Waymatic, Inc. Concession Trailers Fabrication 91 1952
Dar Pro Solutions Meet Rendering 87 1988
MIA Seating Office Chair Manufacturing 80 2013
Institutional Casework, Inc Metal Laboratory Equipment 60 2015
Green Plains Obion Grain Distiller - Ethanol Production 52 2006
Hanafee Brothers Sawmill Hardwood Lumber; Kiln Dry 40 1960
ColorCoat, Inc. Window/Door Coating Application 40 2017 
Storey Sawmill & Lumber Co. Hardwood Lumber; Kiln Dry 38 1958
Tyson Foods - Feed Mill Feed Mill 35 1995
G & H Tool & Die Tool & Die, Fabrication, Tooling 32 1985
Jiffy Steamer Garment Steamers 30 1940
Southern Machinery Metal Forming, Machine Shop 25 1982
Excel Boats Boat Production 20  2019
H & O Tool Die Company Tool & Die, Automotive Metal Stamping 15 1971
All Kraft Erectors Sheetmetal; Pipefitting; Millwork 14  1970
Able Industries, Inc. Metal Stamping & Recycling 10 1979
Martin Tool & Die, Inc. Metal Stamping and Tooling 10 1959
Blue Steel Tool, Inc. Tool & Die, CNC machining 9 1999
KMI Group Plastic Recycle 8 1999 
Reelfoot Metal Building Supply Metal Roof Fabrication 8  
Blue Steel Tool & Die Tool & Die, Metal Fabrication, Classes 5 2010 
       
Other Large Employers:      
UT Martin (Weakley County)   1203  
Obion County School System Education 522  
Obion County Government 155  
Obion County Courthouse & Sheriff   155  
City of Union City   140  
Union City Government 140  
Discovery Park of America Education/Tourism 117 2013
OC Nursing Home   45  
OC Highway Department   33