Outlook Americas has ranked three Catawba County municipalities in the top five Best Manufacturing Small Towns in the Country. In 2005, Southern Business and Development ranked the Hickory Metro 3rd in its Small Market category for Top Deals and Hot Markets, and in 2008, ranked Catawba County the 20th top Mid-Market in the South. Just some of the diversified manufacturing sectors that call Catawba County home include machining and metal working, plastics, fiber optic and coaxial cable and furniture.
Catawba County’s manufacturing prowess is supported and accentuated by a rich geography and diverse lifestyle that has brought the area national recognition. Business North Carolina magazine also reported that Catawba County’s largest city, Hickory, was the 8th best city in the state for its quality of life