Business Facilities magazine has announced that Tennessee retains its title as No. 1 in automotive manufacturing strength.
This marks the fourth consecutive year that Tennessee has been the top-ranked state.
Tennessee leads, in order, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio.
"With VW intent on selling at least one million vehicles in the North American market, its new Chattanooga plant is ramping up to full production," said Business Facilities editor-in-chief Jack Rogers in a release.
"Renewed commitments from GM, Nissan's electric-car line scaling up in Smyrna and a growing supplier network have kept Tennessee in a commanding position in our automotive strength evaluation," Rogers said.
"While this is the fourth year for Tennessee to be ranked number one, Tennessee's position is 30 years in the making," said Tom Brewer, President of the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA).
"A strategic joint effort by the State of Tennessee and the industry has created a tremendous business climate and a vibrant automotive ecosystem.
"This outstanding environment is why Tennessee has such a strong future for automotive industry expansion," Brewer said.