Plastics & Chemicals

Breaking the Mold in North Carolina


Plastics and Chemical Manufacturers


Labor Force


More Concentrated Workforce than National Average

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HEYCO-Werk USA Will Invest $12 Million In Auto Plastics Production Facility

HEYCO-Werk USA Inc., a plastics injection molder for the automotive industry, will create 34 new jobs in Gaston County. The company will invest more than $12.75 million to build a new state-of-the-art manufacturing site in Gaston County.

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North Carolina Ranked CNBC’s #1 State for Business

For the second year in a row, CNBC has named North Carolina America’s Top State for Business. A world-class workforce played a major role in securing the top spot as did a thriving economy and a low cost of living.

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North Carolina’s work in the plastics and chemicals industry is reaching new heights. Whether you specialize in plastics or chemical manufacturing, we have the infrastructure to help your company make its mark.

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More Than Enough Lab Coats to Go Around

With more than 82,000 workers across 3,000+ establishments, North Carolina has the largest workforce in the Southeast for plastics and chemicals manufacturing. The state’s top universities produce more than 500 graduates in the field every year.

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The Pinnacle of Pharmaceutical Manufacturing

Pfizer, Eli Lilly, Novo Nordisk, and Thermo Fisher Scientific are just a few companies that develop life-saving medications here. Bolstered by customized partnerships with local schools, pharma manufacturers find highly skilled talent built for their needs.

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An Infrastructure for Efficient Exporting

North Carolina’s location and exporting infrastructure makes for convenient shipping. The Port of Wilmington specializes in cold storage shipping, which helped lead to pharmaceuticals and vaccines being North Carolina’s top exported product in 2022.

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Headquarters Find a Home Here

North Carolina’s low cost of business and high quality of life attract global headquarters of major plastics and chemical manufacturers like Albemarle Corporation, Sealed Air Corporation, and Burt’s Bees, Inc.

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Plastics and Chemical Companies in North Carolina

When you can count on a large and talented labor pool, an infrastructure built to support mass exporting, and a tax structure that doesn’t hinder business growth, you can be sure that setting up shop in North Carolina won’t be just an experiment.
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Albemarle Corporation

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Du Pont

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Eli Lilly

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Reynolds Consumer Products

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Sealed Air

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Thermo Fisher Scientific

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The EDPNC helps businesses large and small succeed in North Carolina. For assistance, fill out the form and a member of our team will be in touch.

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Lena Hobbs-Brown

Lena Hobbs-Brown

Business Development Associate