It's official: Auto sector now state's biggest manufacturing group

So if you thought the automotive assembly was Tennessee's biggest manufacturing employer — I did — you would have been wrong until now. Manufacturers' News says its latest guide to all things factory in the Volunteer State shows that overall manufacturing employment rose about 1 percent in the year ended in September. But auto companies now employ almost 11 percent more people than they did a year ago and passed industrial machinery to be the biggest sector by employment.