Existing Industry Base

From Hardwick Clothes, America’s oldest tailor-made clothing maker, to Duracell, sole producer of C- and D-cell batteries for the Duracell brand, Cleveland, Tenn., is replete with industries that have not just existed but have thrived in our community for decades. Others widely recognized include Mars Chocolate North America, a confectioner producing M&Ms and Twix; Whirlpool Corporation, a manufacturer of premier cooking appliances; Innovative Water Care (formerly Lonza), the major North American manufacturing site for calcium hypochlorite (HTH™) and related pool and spa products; Olin Corporation, a leading producer of chlorine, caustic soda, hydrochloric acid and related products; and Bayer (formerly Merck), producer of pharmaceutical products.


Newer members of our existing industry base include WACKER POLYSILICON, the world’s second largest producer of polysilicon; Amazon.com, one of the world’s largest online retailers; Starplex Scientific Corp., a Canadian-based pharmaceutical plastics company; and Eastern Lighting Distribution Center, a distribution warehouse for GE Consumer & Industrial’s lighting unit.

Employees for these and many other industries are from among a labor force that numbers over 320,000 within 25 miles.

Included in this section of our website are lists of our Fortune 500 companies, largest employers, top 20 manufacturers and information about Cleveland Associated Industries (CAI), a manufacturing organization. Should you have any questions or comments or need additional information, please contact Doug Berry, vice president for Economic Development, at dberry@clevelandchamber.com, or Lisa Pickel, executive director for CAI, at lpickel@clevelandchamber.com.

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