District Fact Sheets:


Tennessee is home to plastics manufacturers and establishments engaged in plastics processing, marketing, support and captive activities that directly employ 28,020 people. Nationally, Tennessee is ranked 12th in plastics industry employment. It is also home to a number of plastics dependent industries that use plastics to make products or provide services. Plastics and dependent industries combined employ 915 thousand people in Tennessee.

Plastics Industry Employment

Plastics Dependent Industries and Total Employment

Total Plastics Industry and Dependent Industries: 914,720 employees.


The plastics industry’s direct payroll in Tennessee, including captive plastic products, is $1.3 billion. Plastics dependent industries add another $39.1 billion to the state’s payroll.

Although some of the dependent payroll would exist without plastics, there would be less of it, because cost effective replacements for plastics are not available in many applications.


Together, plastics companies and the industries that depend on plastics contribute $10.6 billion in state and federal personal income taxes, and $6.3 billion in payroll (FICA) taxes.


Plastics industry shipments in Tennessee totaled nearly $11.4 billion in 2016 and comprised 2.80% of national shipments ($404.4 billion). Nationally, Tennessee is ranked 11th in plastics industry shipments.

State Shipments

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