Fertile Land. Prime Location.
Lake County is home to 82,000 acres of the most fertile land in Tennessee. With its proximity to five major interstates, the TennKen Railroad and the Port of Cates Landing, the nation’s newest multimodal port, Lake County is also the prime location for logistics-based companies. From agribusinesses Bonge and Cargill to steel producers like R&K Metal Processing, to the artisans and outdoorsmen of Reelfoot Lake, Lake County cultivates goods across the nation and around the globe.
Cargill provides food, agricultural, financial and industrial products and services around the world. The 150-year-old company uses the Mississippi River to transport grain from this fertile area all over the country. The proximity to the river, rail lines and multiple interstates, coupled with Lake County’s 82,000 acres of prime Mississippi Delta farmland, allows Cargill to send grain throughout North America.
Port of Cates Landing
The midpoint of the NAFTA corridor, the Port of Cates Landing is a year-round harbor with 9,000 linear feet of slackwater (expandable to 14,000 feet) and an expandable intermodal port dock that serves barge, rail and truck shipping. The port sits above the 100-year flood plain and has access to five major interstates and Canadian National Railroad. Located in the Tennessee Valley Authority service area, Cates Landing is also close to major interstates and the world's largest freight airport and rail center in Memphis.
R&K Metal Processing
Once a two-person business in a one-car garage, R&K Metal Processing was founded in 1985 and grew into its second location in Chicago, Illinois. After 15 years, R&K Metal Processing moved to Tennessee for its central location and an interstate system that could easily reach a broad area. Over the past 20 years, R&K Metal Processing has grown from a one-machine operation to a more than 20-piece equipment operation, leading the metal industry in a variety of steel processing services and products for some of the world's most demanding businesses.