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Blount County, TN, Means Business

Blount County's top employers demonstrate a positive workplace culture. 

By Kim Madlom on November 18, 2022

Clayton Homes offers flexible work opportunities to Blount County residents.
Clayton Photography Team

For today’s young job seekers, a paycheck isn’t the only goal. It’s also a search for the right fit — for a company culture that is welcoming and supportive.

From employee support programs to committing to a greener operation, Blount County’s top employers have implemented programs and set goals that attract today’s young workers and help retain those already on the team.

For the 13th consecutive year, Accenture is among Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” The annual ranking is one of the most respected and comprehensive measures of workplace culture and talent management best practices. With its Knoxville Intelligent Operations Center in Louisville, TennesseeAccenture is a global professional services company with leading digital, cloud and security capabilities.

Student internship opportunities are abundant at Accenture, giving future candidates a look into the company’s culture through leadership workshops, mentoring programs and volunteer opportunities. Successful interns are offered full-time jobs with the company and opportunities to advance and grow. In addition, Accenture promotes work-life balance through flexible work schedules and family-friendly benefits.

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee is Blount County’s largest employer with about 4,000 workers.

Environmental Obligation

DENSO Manufacturing, a global automotive components manufacturer, employs more than 4,150 people at its Maryville location. DENSO’s product and technology developments, partnerships, and other actions and achievements continue to be guided by the company’s Two Great Causes: Green — achieving carbon neutrality by 2035 — and Peace of Mind — creating a safe and seamless world for all.

The company’s single-largest manufacturing facility is located in Blount County and leads the way in environmental sustainability. Recently, the company installed multiple electric vehicle chargers across campus for employees to use. Each charging station has solar tracking capability, allowing reorienting to follow the sun throughout the day to maximize exposure.

DENSO also recently announced that one of four solar power plants would be built on its property in Maryville as a part of TVA’s Generation Flexibility Program. When complete, coupled with energy conservation success, 100% of the electrical requirements for DENSO in Maryville will be supplied with renewable energy — a hallmark for the company.

Steps like these, both big and small, are moving DENSO closer to reaching the ultimate goal of being carbon neutral by 2035. This is an attractive concept for millennials and Gen Zers looking to work for places that are putting forth green practices.

Clayton Homes offers flexible work opportunities to Blount County residents.
Clayton Photography Team


A top employer in Blount CountyClayton Homes focuses on its team members. The company consistently reevaluates and enhances employee benefits and compensation for new and current team members. The company also optimizes flexible/remote opportunities for each position and has created three different work styles: campus flex, home office optimal and remote optimal.

Along with competitive compensation packages and flexible work opportunities, Clayton emphasizes delivering an excellent overall team member experience — from gym and group fitness for team members to providing virtual resources like wellness classes, mental health programs and its diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging program — Boundless. The company also hosts farmers’ markets and food truck events for team members.

The company recently introduced Clayton Impact — a volunteer time off program launched last summer. Understanding that helping others improves happiness, Clayton provides eight hours annually of paid time off for team members to visit the Knoxville community and volunteer with organizations they are passionate about.

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee is Blount County’s largest employer with about 4,000 workers.

Clayton offers several internship programs across various teams, including technology, marketing, legal and more. The company also provides leadership, personal and professional development classes through its Ignite programs, which launched in 2021. The courses help team members develop skills in leadership collaboration, emotional intelligence, organization and more.

After 12 months of employment, Clayton offers a tuition assistance program to full-time team members seeking an undergraduate degree related to their current or prospective job duties. 

At its home office in MaryvilleClayton has a new 47,000-square-foot building expansion for team members to enjoy when they visit. The building features an updated floor plan, unique meeting spaces, the latest technology and flexible work areas.

Want to know more?

If you’d like to learn more about the Blount County, TN, area, check out the latest edition of Livability: Blount County, Tennessee

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