Automotive, Truck & Heavy Machinery
PICK UP SPEED IN NORTH CAROLINA.
RAPID FIRE GROWTH
North Carolina is home to over 250 unique automotive companies, including heavy duty truck, body & trailer, engine & transmission, seating & interior trim, electric vehicle batteries, and brake system manufacturing. Backed by this quickly expanding cluster of businesses, growth in the sector has surged 30% since 2011. If you’re looking for a place to open shop, look no further than North Carolina.
LARGEST MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE IN THE REGION
Our labor force is 4.9 million people strong. Our workforce can supply you with manufacturing power and highly educated engineering prowess. North Carolina is home to 47,000 engineers, as well as the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeastern United States. In the last 10 years, the state’s manufacturing workforce has grown by 4% – and it’s rapidly expanding.
EXTENSIVE INDUSTRY SUPPORT
North Carolina offers numerous programs and research centers that help drive the automotive industry forward. From manufacturing alliances that train workers to excel in the field to research, testing and development of vehicle dynamics and components, we’re changing the way the world thinks about transportation.
OUTSTANDING INFRASTRUCTURE & ACCESS
25 of the top 100 global OEM automotive parts suppliers in North America have operations in North Carolina. The state’s robust supplier network is one reason why leading automobile companies locate here. What’s more, once you have the parts you need, you can go anywhere from here. Our prime location and extensive transportation network cuts down on the time it takes to get in front of key suppliers and customers.
LEADING THE CHARGE TO A CLEAN ENERGY FUTURE
North Carolina is at the forefront of transitioning to a clean energy economy. Through legislation and bold action, the state has diversified its energy resource mix to include sustainable, low-cost energy sources. Learn more about North Carolina’s commitment to clean energy.
LEADER 2 LEADER
Rick Hendrick, Hendrick Automotive Group
Rick Hendrick, chairman and CEO of Hendrick Automotive Group, and owner of Hendrick Motorsports, describes why North Carolina is perfectly suited for businesses to thrive.
NORTH CAROLINA CENTER FOR AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH
Features a 2-mile, bi-directional road course, 2-acre vehicle dynamics area and a 7-acre dirt facility for product research.
FUTURE RENEWABLE ELECTRIC ENERGY DELIVERY MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS CENTER
Actively working toward making the broad consumption of electric vehicles a reality.
NORTH CAROLINA MOTORSPORTS AND AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH CENTER
Houses motorsports research facilities, including water and wind tunnels and an alternative propulsion dynamometer test cell.
CLEAN TRANSPORATION PROGRAM
Diversifies fuel supplies to support cleaner air and greater energy security.