12:37pm

Mon July 29, 2013
Business

Tenn. Again Tops in Auto Manufacturing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee is No. 1 in automotive manufacturing in the nation for a fourth consecutive year.

Economic development publication Business Facilities has released its annual ranking, showing Tennessee the top state.

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty calls the ranking "an impressive distinction" and says expansions and relocations by automotive manufacturers like General Motors, Nissan, Volkswagen and Magneti Marelli further solidify the state's position globally.

Counting the auto plants and their suppliers, there are now more than 900 automotive plants in the state. In fiscal 2012-13, automotive projects created more than 6,600 new jobs in Tennessee and investments totaled just over $1 billion.