North Carolina’s 75,000+ jobs in plastics and chemicals manufacturing make up the largest plastics and chemicals manufacturing workforce in the Southeast. And with over 2,500 plastic and chemical establishments and an industry concentration of 1.5 times the national average in 2021, the state represents a prime location for new investment.

Plastics & Chemicals Companies in North Carolina

Advanced Plastiform

Advanced Plastiform

501 Mack-Todd Road, Zebulon, NC

Advanced Plastiform

535 Mack-Todd Road, Zebulon, NC

Asheville Thermoform Plastics

200 Cane Creek Industrial Park Road, Fletcher, NC

Atlantic Corporation of Wilmington

806 North 23rd Street, Wilmington, NC

Atlas Precision

170 Clayton Road, Arden, NC



26 Davis Drive, Durham, NC 27709


11501 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte, NC

Bright Plastics

4833 High Point Road, Greensboro, NC

Bull Engineered Products

12001 Steele Creek Road, Charlotte, NC

Carolina Technical Plastics Corp.

901 Industrial Drive, New Bern, NC

Clariant Corp.

4000 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC

CMI Plastics

222 Pepsi Way, Ayden, NC

DAK Americas

3216 Cedar Creek Road, Fayetteville, NC

DAK Americas

DAK Americas

5925 Carnegie Boulevard, Charlotte, NC

Dow Chemical Co.

Dow Chemical Co.

6101 Orr Road, Charlotte, NC



14 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC



4900 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC

International Contract Molding

12700 General Drive, Charlotte, NC

Jabil Healthcare

Jabil Healthcare

1018 Corporate Park Drive, Mebane, NC

Kao Specialties Americas

Kao Specialties Americas

243 Woodbine Street, High Point, NC

Mack Molding Co.

149 Water Tank Road, Statesville, NC

Mctron Technologies

Mctron Technologies

5210 Hovis Road, Charlotte, NC

MeadWestvaco Consumer Packaging Group

7411 Oakwood Street, Mebane, NC

Morrisette Paper Co.

5925 Summit Avenue, Browns Summit, NC


501 NMC Drive, Zebulon, NC

PPG Industries

109 P P G Road, Greensboro, NC

PPG Industries

PPG Industries

473 New Jersey Church Road, Lexington, NC

Sampson-Bladen Oil Co.

510 Commerce Street, Clinton, NC



180 Commerce Place, Asheboro, NC

TriStar Plastics Corp.

1387 Highway 16, Denver, NC

Competitive Advantages

Low Tax Burden

At 2.5 percent, North Carolina has the lowest corporate income tax rate in the United States. In fact, North Carolina offers a low tax burden across the board and has the lowest total effective business tax rate in the nation according to a report published by Ernst & Young and the Council on State Taxation.

Three Tier 1 Research Universities

North Carolina is home to three Tier 1 research universities. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University are located within 25 miles of one another and contribute to an established workforce pipeline, active industry partnerships and an innovative business environment.

Reliable, Low-Cost Electricity

Industrial electricity rates run more than 14.5 percent less than the U.S. average


Large, Concentrated Workforce

With more than 75,000 workers across 2,500+ establishments, North Carolina boasts the largest workforce in the Southeastern U.S. for plastics and chemicals manufacturing.

1.5 Times More Concentrated Industry Presence

Jobs in the plastics and chemical sector are 1.5 more concentrated in North Carolina than the nation.

Highly Educated Workforce

North Carolina’s workforce trains at nationally recognized universities – including the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University – and at the state’s 58-campus community college system.

NCWorks Customized Training Program

NCWorks is a comprehensive workforce development program that includes an online jobs database for talent recruiters and job seekers alike. NCWorks also features a customized training program for new and existing businesses in the state.

Research Infrastructure

Polymers Center of Excellence

The Polymers Center of Excellence is a non-profit organization created by the state of North Carolina to increase knowledge, provide technical support and assist in the development of emerging technologies in the plastics industry.

Society of Plastics Engineers

The Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) is the largest plastic professional society in the world. Section leaders organize technical meetings, facility/plant tours and networking events so participants can stay in touch with local industry while learning about new technologies and developments in polymer plastics research.