Championing manufacturers in Tennessee since 1912. 


For more than 100 years, the Tennessee Manufacturers Association (TMA) has advocated for economic development and competitiveness for the manufacturing industry in Tennessee. We provide unmatched advocacy in the state Capitol, making sure the voice of manufacturing in Tennessee is heard by policymakers. While continuously striving to strengthen the relationship between legislation and corporations, TMA works to provide a productive, safe and profitable industry for the large corporations and small businesses that TMA represents.

We are Tennessee's only statewide manufacturing association affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers.


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Did you know?

For every $1 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. In addition, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere. (Source: NAM calculations using IMPLAN)

With that said, there is new research suggesting that manufacturing’s impacts on the economy are even larger than that if we take into consideration the entire manufacturing value chain plus manufacturing for other industries’ supply chains. That approach estimates that manufacturing could account for one-third of GDP and employment. Along those lines, it also estimated the total multiplier effect for manufacturing to be $3.60 for every $1 of value-added output, with one manufacturing employee generating another 3.4 workers elsewhere. (Source: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation)