Tishomingo County at a glance

The labor force commuting area within a 60 mile radius includes parts of Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee with a population of 686,589 and a civilian labor force of 297,660. Population growth rate from 1990 to 2000 is 11.01%. Manufacturing employment in the region is 85,680 (28.78%)
Tishomingo County is located halfway between I-55 at Memphis and I-65 at Huntsville with four-lane connections to both. Tishomingo County received no damage from Hurricane Katrina and is not in a hurricane or other hazard area.
Port Facilities:
Full-service port facilities with crane capacity of up to 300 tons are available. Located at the intersection of the Tennessee River and the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, Yellow Creek Port is the water, rail, ∧ highway shipping and receiving point for steel for a three state area.
Tishomingo County has a unified school system rated in the top 10% in the state. The average student scores above the national average on the ACT. 100% of students grades 7 thru 9 and 81% of students grades 10 thru 12 are enrolled in technology preparation programs.
Steel and Composites Fabrication & Transportation Equipment Manufacturing Clusters:
Although a rural county, Tishomingo County is a steel and composites fabrication and transportation equipment manufacturing cluster with companies such as:

  • FerrouSouth (a steel processing operation with the world’s largest stretcher-leveler)
  • Skyline Steel/NUCOR
  • Roll Form Group/Samuel
  • Truck Bodies & Equipment International (formerly Heil);
  • HAGO Automotive
  • Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
  • Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems
  • Vanleigh RV
  • Others

  • Other well-known companies in the region include Caterpillar, Clorox, Kimberly Clark, and ThyssenKrupp.

South Auto Corridor:
Tishomingo County is located near several auto assembly plants such as:

  • GM and Nissan in central Tennessee (3 hours driving time)
  • Toyota and Nucor in Decatur (one hour)
  • Toyota in Jackson, Tennessee (one hour)
  • Mercedes, Hyundai, and Honda in central Alabama
  • Severstal Steel Mill in Columbus, Mississippi (3 hours)
  • Nissan near Jackson, Mississippi (4 hours)
  • Toyota near Tupelo (75 minutes)
  • Toyota near Huntsville (75 minutes)
  • VW in Chattanooga, TN (3 hours)
Available Labor & Job Training:
Our region is one of the few in the USA with available trained manufacturing labor. A recent workforce study by Site Selection Group of Dallas found 4,600 underemployed workers in the area. Mississippi is one of the few states in the USA that offers job training free to companies for as long as the company is in the state. Mississippi is a right-to-work state.
Recreation & Shopping:
With eight marinas, 50,000 acres of water surface, the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, several private residential and retirement resorts, three state parks, one national park, three museums, thousands of acres of prime game preserves, hundreds of homes overlooking the pristine waters of Pickwick Lake and Bay Springs Lake, a cluster of outlet and import stores, and close proximity to urban areas, a variety of recreational and shopping opportunities are available to residents.
Local taxes in Tishomingo County are among the lowest in the USA. Real estate taxes on a three bedroom, ranch style home with homestead exemption average $330 per year. Tishomingo County ranks in the top three most cost efficient counties in the USA according to studies by SmartAsset, a New York based financial consulting company.