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About TAMA

The Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA) was formed in 1987 in response to Tennessee's rapidly growing automotive manufacturing industry led by Nissan North America and General Motors - Spring Hill (originally Saturn Corporation).

TAMA helps Tennessee automotive companies, especially suppliers, react to the challenges of the global automotive marketplace.

TAMA's original purpose was to provide a forum for interaction among the many companies choosing to locate or form in Tennessee. The organization has since expanded its scope to include in- and out-of-state businesses as well as companies integrally related to the automotive industry.

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Automotive in Tennessee

by the Numbers

  • automotive original equipment manufacturers
    • General Motors -- Spring Hill (Spring Hill)
    • Nissan North America (Smyrna and Decherd)
    • Volkswagen Group of America (Chattanooga)
  • More than 1,000 automotive suppliers
  • Ranked No. 1 by Business Facilities magazine for automotive manufacturing strength
  • Ranked No. 1 by Area Development magazine for certified sites and shovel-ready programs
  • More than 100,000 Tennesseans are employed in auto manufacturing jobs
  • 8 interstate highways provide immediate access to Tennessee for inexpensive and convenient auto transport
  • 76% of all U.S. markets are located within a day's drive
  • $6,000,000,000+ annual payroll for Tennessee's auto industry

Suppliers are distributed across 80 of Tennessee's 95 counties 











Map courtesy of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, 2013