Eastman's Tennessee Operations was founded in 1920 in Kingsport, Tennessee, at the edge of the Great Smoky Mountains. Today, Tennessee Operations employs approximately 7,000 of Eastman's 14,000 employees and is one of the largest chemical manufacturing sites in North America. The Kingsport site also serves as worldwide headquarters for Eastman Chemical Company.
Tennessee Operations has long been recognized by the outside world as a progressive, innovative facility. This has earned our company numerous public honors, including the Tennessee Governors' Quality Award. Since 1997, Tennessee Operations has been an OSHA Volunteer STAR site, attesting to the fact that our safety and health programs are among the best in the nation.
This is a fast-paced facility, and at full production Tennessee Operations:
- Uses 160,000 kilowatts of electricity and has 196,000 kilowatts of generating capacity (enough to serve about 170,000 homes).
- Operates five diesel locomotives, over 37 miles of Eastman track and makes about 5,000 railcar movements per week.
- Occupies more than 550 buildings and approximately 4,000 acres of land, with the main plant site covering 900 acres.
Tennessee Operations products go into hundreds of end-use applications in a variety of industries, including your wall paint, your shampoo bottle, the coating on your aspirin, even the credit card you use to buy all of these. So, while our world would be very different without these products, we also understand the importance of handling chemicals with great care and knowledge.
Commitment to the Environment and Safety
We've long embraced the goals of the Responsible Care® Program, which demand environmental responsibility and public accountability among all chemical manufacturers. We are recognized for our commitment to protecting people and environment. For 14 out of 15 years, Tennessee Operations received the Kentucky-Tennessee Water Environment Association Award for "Operational Excellence".
Every year, we recycle millions of pounds of cardboard, paper and plastic, and since 1987, have reduced total Toxic Release Inventory emissions by 74%. Since 1965, Tennessee Operations has commissioned the Academy of Natural Sciences to monitor the health of the South Fork Holston River near the plant.
Eastman's Community Advisory Panel of local citizens meets regularly with company management to share the public's concerns and interests regarding the impact of plant operations in the community.
As a leading company, we have all the technology and equipment it takes to continue the next chapter of our success story. But, above all, we realize that leveraging the exceptional know-how of our employees is the true key to our success.