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Sunday, March 27, 2011    |   

BIGGEST EMPLOYERS IN HAMILTON COUNTY

1.- Hamilton County schools — 5,816 employees at 80 elementary, middle and high schools.

2.- Erlanger Health System — 4,563 employees at hospitals downtown and in East Brainerd and Red Bank

3.- BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee — 4,548 employees. Tennessee’s biggest health insurer consolidated its local staff on Cameron Hill in 2009.

4.- Memorial Health Care System — 3,576 employees at hospitals in Glenwood and Hixson and in its own physician practice.

5.- Tennessee Valley Authority — 3,438 employees at the Chattanooga Office complex downtown and at the Sequoyah Nuclear Plant near Soddy-Daisy.

Source: Hamilton County government, 2010 preliminary offering statement.

BIGGEST AREA PUBLICLY TRADED COMPANIES

1.-Unum Corp., world’s biggest disability company based in Chattanooga with 2010 revenues of $10.2 billion.

2.- Mohawk Industries, one of the largest floorcovering companies based in Calhoun, Ga. with annual revenues of $5.3 billion.

3.- CBL & Associates Properties Inc., one of the nation’s biggest shopping mall developers based in Chattanooga, with 2010 revenues $684.2 million.

4.- Astec Industries, a Chattanooga-based asphalt equipment maker, with annual sales of $771.3 million.

5.- Covenant Transport, one of the nation’s biggest trucking companies based in Chattanooga, with annual revenues of $650 million.

Source: Company filings with the U.S Securities and Exchange Commission.

BIGGEST AREA PRIVATE COMPANIES

1.- Life Care Centers of America, elder care and nursing home chain based in Cleveland, Tenn., and headed by Forrest L. Preston.

2.- EMJ Construction, construction firm based in Chattanooga headed by Jim Sattler.

3.- U.S. Xpress, trucking company based in Chattanooga headed by Max L. Fuller and Patrick Quinn.

4.- Propex Inc., carpet backing maker headed by William Brant.

5.- The Vincent Group, six companies dealing with food safety, sanitation, water and energy management, headed by Bob Bullard.

Source: TN Business magazine.

BIGGEST OCCUPATIONS IN METRO CHATTANOOGA

1.- Truck drivers, 7,932 jobs with an average hourly wage of $19.57

2.- Retail salesman, 6,485 jobs with an average hourly wage rate of $10.74

3.- Customer service representatives, 6,359 jobs with an average hourly wage rate of $13.47

4.- Food preparation and serving workers, 5,767 jobs with an average hourly wage rate of $7.42

5.- Cashiers, 5,377 jobs with an average hourly wage rate of $8.01

Source: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics

RICHEST AREA CITIES

1.- Lookout Mountain, Tenn., median household income of $148,750

2.- Ridgeside, Tenn., median household income of $106,250

3.- Lookout Mountain, Ga., median household income of $83,750

4.- Signal Mountain, Tenn., median household income of $78,770

5.- Lakesite, Tenn., median household income of $70,865

Source: American Community Survey, 2009 estimates, U.S. Bureau of Census

BIGGEST NEW INVESTMENTS IN AREA

1.- Watts Bar Nuclear Plant, $2.5 billion to finish a second reactor, scheduled to be completed in 2012 near Spring City, Tenn.

2.- Wacker Chemical, $1.5 billion polysilicon plant near Charleston, Tenn., scheduled to be completed by 2014

3.- Volkswagen of America, $1 billion auto assembly plant in Chattanooga, beginning production in 2011

4.- Alstom Power, $300 million power equipment plant expansion in Chattanooga, completed in 2010.

5.- Whirlpool Corp., expansion of stove and oven production facilities in Cleveland, Tenn., to be completed by 2012.

Source: Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development