Mountains Region

The Mountains Are Calling for Your Business




Labor Force


Manufacturing Labor Force

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Mountains Region

Why NC

From its manufacturing potential and talented workforce to its supreme quality of life, North Carolina’s Mountains region is attracting all sorts of business and talent.
Blue Ridge Parkway

252 Miles of Scenic Blue Ridge Parkway Views

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Megasite Location
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Higher Concentration Manufacturing Labor Force than National Avg
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#1 Foodie Destination in Asheville

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Colleges & Universities
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Furniture Manufacturing Workforce
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Life’s Better in the Mountains

Residents of this region wake up to scenic mountain views and enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and skiing. Award-winning restaurants and breweries pair well with a cost of living that’s lower than the national average.

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A Legacy of Makers

Western North Carolina has a storied legacy of furniture, textile, and wood product manufacturing. Its furniture workforce, textile workforce, and wood product workforce are 9x, 7x, and 2x more concentrated than the national average, respectively.

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A Peak Workforce Pipeline

The western region has 19 colleges and universities supplying companies with a pipeline of technically skilled workers. Over 27,000 students are enrolled in its community colleges, while its three public universities award 7,000 degrees annually.

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Manufacturing Companies Are Making the Hike

Companies are taking advantage of the region’s workforce and quality of life. Electric transportation manufacturer, Forza X1, is coming to McDowell County, while Pratt & Whitney and GE Aviation announced major expansions in Asheville.

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Companies in Western North Carolina

Prominent companies that have already planted roots in the mountainous region include:
Pratt & Whitney Logo

Pratt & Whitney

Thermo fisher logo

ThermoFischer Scienctific

GE Aviation Logo

GE Aviation

Tyson food logo

Tyson Foods

New Belgium Brewing logo

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co

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CommScope logo


forza x1 logo

Forza X1

Lowes logo


Sierra Nevada Brewing logo

Sierra Nevada

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Lena Hobbs-Brown

Lena Hobbs-Brown

Business Development Associate