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University of Tennessee


About Us

CIS Mission: Deliver Solutions that help businesses succeed, grow and create high quality jobs.

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) is one of five units of the University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service. This institute is the non-agricultural public service arm of the university providing public service work to business and industry in Tennessee. 

UT CIS helps companies and communities succeed, grow and create high quality jobs by providing consulting, training and connecting services across the state. Whether you want to improve productivity on the plant floor, comply with safety or environmental regulations, navigate the federal procurement process, introduce a new product, or improve your economic development potential, CIS has the expertise to help you succeed.

In addition to having a skilled and experienced staff who can help you define and solve your most pressing problems, CIS can connect you with the knowledge and expertise of Tennessee universities, federal laboratory scientists, state government partners, the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partnership, the US Economic Development Association, the Southeastern OSHA Training Education Institute or Procurement Technical Assistance Center, and other industry professionals. 

UT CIS was established in 1963 by the Tennessee General Assembly and charged with “…. provision of information, data and materials relating to the needs of industry….”. From the outset, CIS was organized along the lines of the long-established and highly successful “extension service model.” 

Since that time, CIS has grown our staff of professional employees located in 6 offices across the state of Tennessee. Tennessee business and industry are assisted daily by CIS engineering and professional staff in improving their economic competitiveness on a national and global level. 

The University of Tennessee, the state land grant college, provides three main services to Tennesseans – education, research and public service. As such, CIS is a part of the UT University statewide system rather than being a part of any single campus.​​​

Just some of UTCIS' offerings:

Performance Solutions

  • Lean/Continuous Improvement – the full suite of Lean Tools
  • Advance Lean/CI – Lean/CI Culture (Kata), Training Within Industry
  • Quality Systems – ISO, TS, AS, NQA-1, Problem Solving, Root Cause Analysis
  • Supply Chain Optimization
  • Innovation Systems
  • Six Sigma
  • Special University Professor Projects – Engineering, Business, etc.
  • Leadership/Supervisor Training

Sustainability Solutions

  • Economy, Energy, Environment (E3)

Regulatory Solutions

  • Health and Safety
  • Environmental Regulatory Compliance
Growth Solutions
  • Economic Development
  • Innovation Services
  • Technology Acceleration
  • Selling to the Government - PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center)

Contact your local Solutions Consultant for more i​nformation on our services

Office Locations

Nashville, Tennessee
193 Polk Ave., Suite C
Nashville, TN 37210
Jackson, Tennessee 
605 Airways Blvd., Suite 109 
Jackson, TN 38301-7403
Johnson City, Tennessee 
2112 North Roan St, Suite 604
Johnson City, TN 37601
Chattanooga, Tennessee 
744 McCallie Ave. 
Doctors Bldg., Suite 502 
Chattanooga, TN 37403
Knoxville, Tennessee
Institute for Public Service
1610 University Ave 
Knoxville, TN 37921 ​
Memphis, Tennessee 
Agricenter International
7777 Walnut Grove Rd, Suite A-1
Memphis,  TN 38120-2130​​

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