On Tuesday, officials at Oak Ridge National Lab celebrated the opening of the lab's new carbon fiber technology facility.
The plant was built to test new ideas in the making of carbon fibers.
State and local leaders toured the facility and met with industry officials to talk about the technology and its future potential.
The plan is to lower the cost of making carbon fiber by using cheaper materials and new techniques.
Carbon fiber is used to make products lighter and stronger.
Governor Bill Haslam hopes the research will lead to more jobs in Tennessee.
"We think it also can be a real competitive advantage for us in manufacturing and in today's competitive world when a product can be developed here that can save manufacturers and save end users in terms of cost we think that's very significant," said Gov. Haslam.
The Department of Energy says the carbon fiber facility is part of an Obama administration plan to launch a new clean energy manufacturing initiative.