Automotive & Advanced Manufacturing

Our business climate, infrastructure and workforce has put Tennessee and our region in the driver’s seat of the auto manufacturing market.

Today, the state is home to three major auto manufacturing plants and nearly 1,000 auto suppliers employing nearly 160,000 workers. And our community is strategically located in the midst of the Southern Automotive Corridor. In just a 250-mile radius of Lincoln County 15 automotive assembly plants are located or are under construction. And all of them are connected to Lincoln County via our roadways and interstates.

Our Talent Pipeline – Target Occupations Annual Awards
138
Mechanical Engineering
78
Welding Technology
110
Electromechanical Technology

We offer

  • More than 15,000 auto manufacturing employees in the 45-minute region including team assemblers, electricians, industrial engineers and production workers.
  • 500+ Manufacturing Engineering Technology graduates each year from John C. Calhoun State Community College.
  • 6.6% turnover rate in manufacturing lowering your training costs and human resource expenses.
  • The cost of living of the 45-minute region is approximately 10% lower than the national average – meaning your dollars go further in our community.
  • Access to U.S. Highways 64, 231, and 431. Interstate I-65 is 16 miles west of Fayetteville, and I-24 is 45 miles northeast of Fayetteville, via the recently widened four-lane U.S. Highway 64.
  • 4 assembly plants (Nissan – Smyrna, Tennessee, GM – Spring Hill, Tennessee, Mazda Toyota, Huntsville, AL and the new Volkswagen plant – Chattanooga, TN) are located within 90 miles.

Existing Industry

Testimonial

“We chose to become a part of the Fayetteville/Lincoln County community in 2003 with the founding of C&S Plastics, LLC.  We are still extremely satisfied with that decision.  Over the years, we have experienced the economic ups and downs as all companies have in any area, but we have been amazed at the level of support we have received from the Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Development Board.  Over the years, we have engaged in three building expansions.  We have found the local IDB office to be just as helpful with expanding our business as they are recruiting new business.”
Ed Carter, C&S Plastics, LLC

Testimonial

“As a new company in the south region, there are many unknowns. The Industrial Development Board offers knowledge in all aspects of locating new businesses to Lincoln County, Tennessee. Their unwavering support has greatly helped our company to become integrated into the community.”
Bernie Sinz, Vice President

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Transportation, Distribution & Warehousing

Speed, access, connectivity and costs are all critical to helping your transportation, logistics and distribution needs. Our region serves as Tennessee’s southern gateway giving you access to major infrastructure corridors, intermodal centers, airports and ports. Within 250 miles or roughly four hours, you can reach more than 25 million people and major markets such as Atlanta, Greenville, Memphis and Louisville. Our location and assets offer your business a market with reach without the regulatory burdens seen in larger metros.

Our Talent Pipeline – Target Occupations Annual Awards
588
Business Administration & Management
87
Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology
77
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management

We offer

  • 9 motor freight companies with routes in the community, many with terminals in Fayetteville
  • 2,300+ heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers at an average wage of $40,300 lower than state and national averages
  • 3% private sector union manufacturing rate – half of the national average of 6.2%
  • #1 state In U.S. for Employment Concentration in Distribution and Logistics Industry
  • $3.4+ billion capital investment from state distribution and logistics projects since 2015
  • #5 Best State for Infrastructure – CNBC, 2019

Existing Industry

Testimonial

“Lincoln County Industrial Development Board has been a great partner to Frito Lay over the years. IDB worked hard to help facilitate our growth assisting in securing additional property and building sites to expand our warehouse operations. Additionally, the IDB coordinated the state’s SIA program to improve site access and entrance safety to enable site expansions. Frito Lay is proud to have IDB and integral partner to our sustained growth in Fayetteville”.
Jason Gower, CMRP, CRL, RMIC, Maintenance and Engineering Director Frito-Lay, Inc. | Fayetteville Plant

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Defense & Aerospace

Located in neighboring Madison County, just outside of Huntsville, Alabama is the Redstone Arsenal (RSA) – a garrison for various tenants across the Department of Defense, Department of Justice, and NASA. For more than 50 years, RSA’s 38,248 acre campus has served as the Army’s center for missile and rocket programs. Within a 40-mile radius, the population includes 850 Active Duty, 35,500 plus Department of Defense Civilians and contractors, and 15,000 Retirees and Family Members.

Home to the Arnold Air Force Base and its more than 4,400 employees, Lincoln County’s military community is a proven location for the multifaceted defense and aerospace sectors. With nearly 23,000 employees in the defense sector, our workforce is trained and growing in top industries such as aircraft engine and parts manufacturing, ammunition manufacturing and computer systems design. In computer systems design alone, we have more than 8,700 employees – a growth of 6.3% over the last five years alone.

Bolstering our aerospace sector is the Arnold Engineering Development Complex, which operates more than 68 aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, rocket and turbine engine test cells, environmental chambers, arc heaters, ballistic ranges, sled tracks, centrifuges and other specialized units.

Our Talent Pipeline – Target Occupations Annual Awards
519
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician
96
Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
596
Engineering

We offer

  • 450+ exiting military each year in the region, providing a skilled and reliable talent pool for your operations
  • 1,600 aerospace engineers and more than 9,000 aviation, aerospace and space employees in the region overall
  • 4.9% increase over the last 10 years in our regional manufacturing of radio and television broadcasting and wireless communications equipment
  • 9,700 private defense employees in the region who are trained and ready to work in a cross-range of sectors
  • $34+ million in arms and ammunition exports in the state in 2019
  • $1+ billion aerospace products and parts exported annually from Tennessee
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Creative & Outdoor Economy

We work hard in Lincoln County, but we also love where we live. We are a community of makers and builders, leveraging generations of creativity into new products and passions. When it comes to whiskey making, we are quite famous. We are the birthplace of the charcoal filtering method known as the Lincoln County Process, a mellowing process unique to Tennessee whiskey.

Today, Lincoln County is home to Prichard’s, Jackson Morgan and Southern Pride distilleries spanning back five generations to a small batch artisanal spirit company that began less than 10 years ago. In addition, our location along the Elk River and its more than 30 species of fish provides an endless number of recreational activities. Our small-town, rural lifestyle offers big city convenience to help your creative or outdoor business start, locate or grow.

Our Talent Pipeline – Target Occupations Annual Awards
54
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
333
Business Administration and Management
17
Food Science

We offer

  • 3 industrial parks offering opportunities for growing industries, large or small
  • 5.5 miles of greenways and trails, along with Elk River which provides 30 miles of blueway that support, grow and sustain outdoor businesses and industry
  • More than 40,000 students enrolled in regional higher education institutions given you proximity to a young and active population
  • Just a few hours’ drive to major markets of Atlanta, Greenville, Memphis and Louisville giving your access at a fraction of the cost
  • $3.4+ billion in new capital investment from recent food and agriculture projects in the state
  • 5-fold increase in jobs from breweries, distilleries and wineries since 2010 in Tennessee

Existing Industry

Testimonial

Lincoln County has been home to Elk River Canoe Rental since 1989. The Elk River meanders through the county providing multiple access points for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing. Our four-lane corridors give visitors from Nashville, Chattanooga, and Huntsville, Alabama, quick and easy access to our location. Our community is home to hard-working, artisans and training programs that will support the development, design, and testing of your products.
Ben Towry, Elk River Canoe Rental

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During our nearly 10 years in Lincoln County, Elaine and the IDB have supported and partnered with Southern Pride Distillery. Elaine, with her Southern charm and community Pride, has fostered partnerships with our industry to continue our path to success.
Randy Trentham, Southern Pride Distillery

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Contact Us

Contact us today to learn how locating in Fayetteville-Lincoln County can help your business grow.

Elaine Middleton
Executive Director
elaine@flcidb.com
Office: 931-433-0607
Cell: 931-205-2725