The East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) and the U.S. Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC) hosted a Nuclear Suppliers Workshop on September 6­-7, 2017 at the Pollard Technology Conference Center in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

The focus of the event was on manufacturing opportunities that are arising in the Southeastern United States around small modular reactors, next generation nuclear technology, nuclear medicine, and national security programs.

Invited speakers included senior executives from the Tennessee Valley Authority, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NuScale Power, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Terrestrial Energy, University of Tennessee, Duke Energy and others. The final agenda is still under development.

Manufacturing companies interested in supporting existing nuclear facilities and upcoming nuclear construction projects in the Southeastern U.S. attended. Sessions were conducted by nationally recognized speakers representing various components of the nuclear industry geared toward strengthening the nation’s nuclear manufacturing supply chain. Session topics included workforce and training, certification programs, and the global marketplace.

The two-day workshop included an evening reception for attendees and business/community leaders, and optional tours of Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the Y-12 National Security Complex, or the ORNL Manufacturing Demonstration Facility (MDF).

Workshop Organizing Committee Members included representatives from: Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Centrus Energy, Teledyne Brown Engineering, AECOM, ORAU, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), University of Tennessee, MS Technology/MillenniTEK, and Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS Y-12).

About the United States Nuclear Infrastructure Council (USNIC)
USNIC is the leading U.S. business consortium advocate for nuclear energy and promotion of the American supply chain globally. Composed of nearly 100 companies USNIC represents the “Who’s Who” of the nuclear supply chain community, including key utility movers, technology developers, construction engineers, manufacturers and service providers. USNIC encompasses eight working groups and select task forces. For more information, visit

About the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC)
ETEC is an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly-skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation. ETEC works in strong partnership with federal contractors, Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration representatives, state officials, small businesses, and other local economic development organizations to seek new ways to use federal investments in science and security to create prosperity, promote regional development, and explore opportunities for growth.  For more information, visit