Chattanooga is home to America’s biggest privately owned bakery (McKee Foods), Volkswagen’s only U.S. assembly plant, the world’s biggest disability insurer (Unum), the state’s biggest health insurer (BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee) and the power headquarters for America’s biggest government utility (the Tennessee Valley Authority). Here are the largest employers:
1. Hamilton County Department of Education: The public school system has 4,480 full-time and 1,419 part-time employees.
2. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee: The state’s biggest health insurer has 4,282 full-time and 38 part-time employees.
3. Tennessee Valley Authority: The country’s biggest government utility has 4,180 full-time employees.
4. Erlanger Health System: The region’s biggest hospital has 3,176 full-time and 367 part-time employees.
5. Memorial Health Care System: The Catholic Health Initiatives hospital has 3,171 full-time and 595 part-time employees.
6. Unum: The world’s biggest disability insurer has 2,800 full-time employees.
7. McKee Foods Corp.: The maker of Little Debbie snack cakes has 2,650 full-time employees.
8. Volkswagen of America: The German car maker has 2,459 full-time employees.
9. City of Chattanooga: The biggest municipality in the region has 2,251 full-time and 422 part-time employees.
10. Amazon.com: The online retailer’s distribution center has 1,879 full-time employees.
Source: 2013 Major Employers List, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
Single occupancy: 83.2 percent of workers in Hamilton County drive to work alone.
Carpool: 7.9 percent of workers in Hamilton County ride with someone else to work.
On foot: 2.2 percent of workers in Hamilton County walk to work.
Public transportation: 3.1 percent of workers in Hamilton County ride a CARTA bus, bike, take a taxi cab or some other type of public transportation to get to work.
At home: 3.6 percent of workers in Hamilton County work at home.
Source: 2010 Census for Hamilton County
In the six-county Chattanooga metropolitan area at the end of 2013:
Total employment: 238,800 jobs
Trade, transportation and utilities: 50,400 jobs
Government: 36,200 jobs
Education and health services: 35,000 jobs
Professional and business services: 25,100 jobs
Leisure and hospitality: 23,600 jobs
Financial activities: 17,000 jobs
Mining, logging and construction: 8,400 jobs
Information: 2,700 jobs
Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Data for December 2013 for metropolitan Chattanooga, which includes Hamilton, Marion, and Sequatchie counties in Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in Georgia.
Biggest banks in Chattanooga
28 banks in the metropolitan Chattanooga area, based on local deposits, share nearly $8.5 billion in deposits. The biggest banks are:
1. First Tennessee Bank, $2.06 billion
2. SunTrust Bank, $1.55 billion
3. Regions Bank, $1.14 billion
4. CapitalMark Bank & Trust, $479 million
5. First Volunteer Bank, $412 million
5. Northwest Georgia Bank, $352 million
6. Cornerstone Community Bank, $340 million
7. FSGBank, $288 million
8. Citizens Tri-County Bank, $273 million
9. Bank of America, $212 million
10. The Bank of LaFayette, $207 million
Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Deposits as of June 30, 2013 for metropolitan Chattanooga, which includes Hamilton, Marion and Sequatchie counties in Tennessee and Catoosa, Dade and Walker counties in Georgia
Biggest banks in Cleveland, Tenn.
Sixteen banks in metro Cleveland share nearly $1.6 billion in deposits. The biggest banks, based on local deposits, are:
1. First Tennessee Bank, $276 million
2. BB&T, $249 million
3. Southern Heritage, $208 million
4. Regions Bank, $201 million
5. Bank of Cleveland, $174 million
Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Deposits as of June 30, 2013 for metropolitan Cleveland, which includes Bradley and Polk counties
Biggest banks in Dalton, Ga.
14 banks in metro Dalton share more than $2.1 billion in deposits. The biggest banks in Dalton, based on local deposits, are:
1. BB&T, $464 million
2. Wells Fargo Bank, $390 million
3. Bank of America, $269 million
4. Regions Bank, $181 million
5. Synovus Bank, $164 million
Source: Federal Deposit Insurance Corp., Deposits as of June 30, 2013 for metropolitan Dalton, which includes Whitfield and Murray counties
The biggest new business investments announced in 2013 across Northwest Georgia and Southeast Tennessee were outside of Chattanooga and ranged across industries.
Engineered Floors LLC, Dalton, Ga. — The new carpet maker started by former Shaw Industries CEO Bob Shaw announced plans to spend $450 million and add 2,000 jobs over five years in Whitfield and Murray counties.
Great Lakes Cheese Co., Manchester, Tenn. — The Hiram, Ohio-based cheese processor plans to build a $100 million packaging plant near Interstate 24 that is expected to eventually employ up to 200 workers.
Shaw Industries, Ringgold, Ga. — The Dalton, Ga.-based floorcovering manufacturer is closing its 400-employee plant and replacing it with a new $100 million luxury vinyl plant.
GE Roper Corp., LaFayette, Ga. — The oven and stove maker announced an $88 million expansion, adding 90 jobs.
Mohawk Industries, Rome and Dalton, Ga. — The Calhoun, Ga.-based carpet maker will spend $85 million to expand its plants in Rome and Dalton, adding 420 jobs.
Denso, Athens, Tenn. — The Japanese automotive supplier is investing $55 million and adding more than 130 new manufacturing jobs to boost production of its gasoline direct injectors.
Shaw Industries, South Pittsburg, Tenn. – The carpet maker plans to invest $40 million in the South Pittsburg hardwood plant, adding 25 jobs.
Lodge Manufacturing, South Pittsburg, Tenn. —The century-old cookware maker announced a $34 million expansion to add another line and at least 20 more jobs.
Nissin Brake, Rock Spring, Ga. — The automotive supplier is investing $33 million and hiring 30 more workers to the 235-employee plant, which makes brake equipment for Honda and Acura vehicles.
WNA Chattanooga, Chattanooga — The plastic cup manufacturer is investing $21.7 million to boost production at its Chattanooga plant, adding 53 jobs.
Source: Company reports