Automotive, Truck & Heavy Machinery
PICK UP SPEED IN NORTH CAROLINA.
RAPID FIRE GROWTH
North Carolina is home to over 260 unique automotive companies, including heavy duty truck, body & trailer, engine & transmission, seating & interior trim, and brake system manufacturing. Backed by this quickly expanding cluster of business, growth in the sector has surged 40% since 2010. If you’re looking for a place to open shop, look no further than NC.
LARGEST MANUFACTURING WORKFORCE IN THE REGION
Our labor force is 5.1 million people strong. Our workforce can supply you with manufacturing power and highly educated engineering prowess. North Carolina is home to 45,000 engineers, as well as the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeastern United States. The state’s engineering workforce has grown 18% over the past five years, leading the nation for engineering job growth.
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
26 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.
EXPERIENCE THE MOMENTUM
Thomas Built Buses
The largest school bus manufacturer in the country, Thomas Built Buses has thrived in North Carolina for over 100 years, largely thanks to local workers’ generations of deeply ingrained manufacturing expertise.
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, testing and development.
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.
ADVANCED TRANSPORTATION ENERGY CENTER
Develops electric-vehicle technologies, as well as battery and power-electronics, for the automotive industry.