Automotive suppliers and component manufacturers have a long history of success in the NETVRIDA region.  The region has a heritage of a strong "car culture" with communities such as Elizabethton and Rogersville hosting regular car shows on the weekends and annual events sponsored by Borla Performance Racing which unite area car clubs and hobbyists.  

The presence of Bristol Motor Speedway, one of NASCAR's most storied venues, has brought national and worldwide attention to the region while attracting racing related businesses to the area.  

Located in proximity to Volkswagen's North American headquarters in Chattanooga, Tennessee and the BMW headquarters in Greenville, South Carolina, a number of international automotive suppliers are thriving.  For example, the MAHLE Group is one of the 30 largest companies in the automotive supply industry worldwide.  Headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, Mahle has its largest engine component plant in North America in Morristown, Tennessee.

The link below is a complete regional automotive directory that is updated annually.  

NETVRIDA Automotive Directory

Top Automotive Sector Employers: NETVRIDA Region

Company Product City Employees
Eastman Chemical Company Chemicals, fibers, plastics Kingsport, TN 6,800
Mahle Engine Components Morristown, TN 1,000
JTEKT Automotive Power steering pumps Morristown, TN 715
DTR Tennessee Antivibration rubber products, fuel line hoses Greeneville, TN 630
Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company Dry freight vans Glade Springs, VA 500
Parker Hannifin Corporation Hydraulic motors and pumps Greeneville, TN 450
John Deere Power Products Walk-behind mower and lawn tractor assembly Greeneville, TN 431
DTR Tennessee Antivibration rubber products, fuel line hoses Tazewell, TN 402
TRW Automotive Steering systems Rogersville, TN 380
Angus-Palm Rollover Protective Systems and Cabs Greeneville, TN 350
Cooper Standard Automotive Fluid systems Surgoinsville, TN 325
Hutchinson Sealing Systems Automotive weather stripping Church Hill, TN 305
Morrill Motors Electric motors, fans, pumps Erwin, TN 254
TI Automotive Fuel systems Greeneville, TN 250
PMT Forgings for diesel engines and chassis components Surgoinsville, TN 230
Meritor, Inc. Drivetrain and Braking Systems Morristown, TN 229
Huf North America Automotive locks Greeneville, TN 200
NN Inc. Rollers and bearings Erwin, TN 195
Otics USA, Inc. Engine parts Morristown, TN 190
Paramont Manufacturing Molded truck components Abingdon, VA 175
Exide Technologies Lead acid batteries Bristol, TN 120
Jost International Wheels Greeneville, TN 115
Excel Polymers Rubber compounds Jonesborough, TN 106
Borla Performance Industries Automotive exhaust systems Johnson City, TN 100
Numark Wiring harnesses, cable assemblies, electro-mechanical sub-assemblies Greeneville, TN 100