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Made in Memphis

With a reliable and cost-effective way to move your product around the world, it’s no wonder manufacturing continues to thrive in Memphis. Everyday our local manufacturers take advantage of low utility rates, a world-class infrastructure and excellent quality of life. In 2017, Memphis’ GMP topped $72.5 billion and continues to climb.  Memphis is also the 2nd-busiest medical device manufacturing center in the nation. The 1,045 manufacturing firms employ more than 43,700 people and make everything from toilet paper to BC powder to knee implants. Chances are you use something that was made in Memphis every day.

MEPPI Manufacturing

Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc. (MEPPI) – Memphis Facility

Major Manufacturing Operations

Dupont (dba Solae, LLC) recently completed an expansion on its soy protein processing plant in Southeast Memphis. The project created $20.25 million in capital investment and retained 275 jobs.

Cargill, Inc. and Calysta, Inc. are building animal food protein production plant on Cargill’s 69-acre property on President’s Island. The project expects to hire 160 total employees and will invest $220 million over the next two years.

Smith & Nephew2,297Joint reconstruction & trauma devices
UTC-Carrier Corp.1,600Air conditioning components
ABB Electrification Products1,500Electrical connectors & components
Electrolux1,030Stoves, ovens and ranges
Hino Motors Manufacturing USA782Auto parts for Toyota trucks
Unilever700Breyer’s ice cream, Klondike baars and other frozen novelties
Wright Medical Group629Foot & ankle implants
Microport Orthopedics526Knee & hip Implants
KTG USA480White Cloud tissue products
Nucor Steel Memphis400Steel Rebar

Source: Memphis Business Journal 2019 Book of Lists


Memphis area manufacturers employ more than 44,000 people, ranging from team assemblers to production managers.

Team Assemblers

6,450 employed
$30,660 average wage

Helpers – Production Workers

1,860 employed
$23,860 average wage

First-Line Supervisors of Production Workers

2,550 employed
$55,320 average wage

Inspectors, Testers, Sorters, Samplers and Weighers

2,520 employed
$35,940 average wage


1,430 employed
$46,460 average wage

Welders, Cutters, Solderers, and Brazers

900 employed
$44,280 average wage

Industrial Engineers

1,500 employed
$79,800 average wage

Industrial Production Managers

970 employed
$82,870 average wage

Cutting, Punching and Press Machine Operators

550 employed
$29,870 average wage

Chemical Equipment Operators

320 employed
$38,360 average wage

Food Batchmakers

820 employed
$32,170 average wage

Computer-Controlled Machine Tool Operators

280 employed
$46,610 average wage

Electrical and Electronic Equipment Assemblers

680 employed
$22,740 average wage

Tool and Die Makers

100 employed
$49,230 average wage

Medical Appliance Technicians

190 employed
$33,180 average wage

All Production Occupations

37,900 employed
$34,180 average wage

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, May 2015

Memphis Water Quality

Advantages of Memphis Water

Memphis’ water quality can significantly reduce production costs by eliminating the need to purify the water for bottling and food production; reducing the amount of cleaning scale and residue from production equipment and; reduce purchasing costs for cell membranes that can reused multiple times.

“We’ve got a client here in Memphis who tells me the water they get out of the pipe into their place is of almost distilled quality. That means they don’t have to prepare the water for production—it’s ready to be used.”Larry Jenson for Business Facilities Magazine, June 2015

  • Superior Quality: Memphis water is treated only to remove any trace contaminants created during the extraction process. MLGW conducts 100 tests per day to ensure water quality.
  • Abundant: Memphis businesses and residents have direct access to 100 trillion gallons of pure water
  • Low Cost: Memphis industrial water bills are the lowest in the nation / less than $1.00 per ccf for heavy water users without incentives
  • Long Term Sustainability: To ensure future availability of the water, the University of Memphis Groundwater Institute was created to monitor the quality and quantity of the Memphis Aquifer. The Blue Stream Task Force was created in 2014 to create a long term strategic plan for metro area water usage and water usage is regulated via the Memphis and Shelby County Groundwater Control Board.


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