North Carolina’s 75,000+ jobs in plastic and chemical manufacturing make up the fifth-largest industry workforce in the U.S. And with an industry growth rate 1.5 times the national average since 2010, 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

BASF

BASF

26 Davis Drive, Durham, NC 27709

BASF

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

DuPont

DuPont

14 TW Alexander Drive, Durham, NC

Georgia-Pacific

Georgia-Pacific

4900 Falls of Neuse Road, Raleigh, NC

International Contract Molding

12700 General Drive, Charlotte, 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

Nomaco

501 NMC Drive, Zebulon, NC

Nypro

Nypro

1018 Corporate Park Drive, Mebane, 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

Technimark

Technimark

180 Commerce Place, Asheboro, NC

TriStar Plastics Corp.

1387 Highway 16, Denver, NC

Competitive Advantages

Low Tax Burden

At 3 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. Ernst & Young and the Council on State Taxation rank North Carolina No. 1 for lowest state and local tax burden in the U.S.

Business-Friendly Labor Environment

At 3 percent, North Carolina has the second-lowest unionization rate in the U.S. Coupled with its right-to-work laws, it’s clear North Carolina provides manufacturers with an attractive labor environment.

Three Tier 1 Research Universities

North Carolina has the highest concentration of Tier 1 research universities in the country. 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

North Carolina’s average industrial electricity rates run more than 8 percent less than the U.S. average.

Workforce

Large, Concentrated Workforce

With more than 75,000 workers, North Carolina has the fifth-largest and fourth-most highly concentrated workforce in the U.S. for plastic and chemical manufacturing.

Workforce Growth 1.5 Times National Average

North Carolina’s plastic and chemical manufacturing workforce grew 9.2 percent from 2010 to 2015, 1.5 times the national average.

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.