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Doing Business in Dickson, TN

Overall sector remains strong and growing

By Kevin Litwin on November 14, 2015

Business in Dickson
Dickson / Antony Boshier

A thriving agricultural sector has proudly existed in Dickson County for centuries, and the community also features several successful companies where thousands of employees earn good salaries that contribute to their fine quality of life.

Agriculture

Mother Nature has always been kind to Dickson County, where the agricultural sector still features 1,200 farms. That includes more than two dozen thriving century farms that have been in the same families for at least 100 years. The oldest is Larkins Farm, founded in 1787 and now owned by Leslie D. Larkins Jr.

Other long-standing operations include Baker’s Burden Farm, Cook’s Stokes Farm, Daniel’s Dairy Farm, Dull Farm and the Hickory Hill Farm, whose 250 acres produce tobacco, hay and cattle. One of the top cattle farms in all of Tennessee is the 280-acre James Miller Farm, which has operated since 1881.

Food Producers

The sweet smell of success is apparent at Dickson County companies like Tennessee Bun Co. and ConAgra Foods. Tennessee Bun Co., founded in 1996, manufactures more than 1,000 buns and rolls a minute. Its product line of 20 different bun varieties includes English muffins, hoagies and hard rolls. One of Tennessee Bun’s customers is McDonald’s.

ConAgra Foods acquired Odom’s Tennessee Pride, which has made sausage products since 1943 and is the second-largest producer of frozen breakfast sandwiches in the country. Odom’s Tennessee Pride has two U.S. manufacturing facilities, including one in Dickson.

Manufacturing

Made in America is an honored slogan in Dickson County, where the manufacturing industry remains strong. Tennsco Corp. began its operation in 1962, and the company has three facilities in Dickson that manufacture durable filing and storage systems. Their product line includes steel office furniture, industrial and institutional shelving, lockers and shop equipment.

Sumiden Wire Products Corp. opened its Dickson plant in 1989 to manufacture PC steel wire used for strengthening concrete structures. The stainless steel wire is also used in products such as surgical staples, catheter wire, and springs for military and aerospace applications.

Shiloh Industries specializes in complex metal stamping that results in lightweight parts for automakers, with a customer base that includes Ford, Johnson Controls, Nissan and Visteon. About 350 employees work at the Dickson facility, which opened in 1994.

Nemak USA started in 1987 and makes automotive industry aluminum parts for engine blocks, cylinder heads, transmissions and structural components. The Dickson plant on Old Columbia Road employs 380 people.

 

There were two main reasons Sumiden Wire chose Dickson. First, the area is centrally located to minimize distribution time to the majority of our consumers. Second, the city and county officials made a big impact with their very hospitable welcome during the initial site visit.

Brian Burr
Sumiden Wire General Manager

There were two main reasons Sumiden Wire chose Dickson. First, the area is centrally located to minimize distribution time to the majority of our consumers. Second, the city and county officials made a big impact with their very hospitable welcome during the initial site visit.

Brian Burr
Sumiden Wire General Manager

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