Forbes lists Tennessee as the 17th best state to do business. While many factors contribute to their selection, manufacturing seems to play an influential role. By simply watching recent corporate investments, everything seems to indicate that statewide manufacturing will continue down the path of economic growth.  There are three main industries accelerating Tennessee’s rise in manufacturing growth. Chemical and Plastic Products Chemicals and Plastics maintain a strong presence in Tennessee manufacturing. The Department of Community and Economic Development noted that last year’s chemical production amounted to $4.93 billion. This demonstrates impressive acceleration when only three years ago the total was $2.1 billion in basic chemicals. This sector employs about 48 thousand people and ranks Tennessee as the #12 state for employment in this industry. Food and Beverage Products Within the state, we can find some of the most famous food and…