Your business can become a part of our dynamic and
diversified economic environment. Take advantage of
sites in NC and Catawba Countyís
adaptive and diversified workforce. The Hickory
Metro and surrounding areas also boast a number of
available data center sites in North Carolina, ideal
locations for todayís expanding and relocating
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.
Contact us to learn more about the best
available manufacturing sites in NC.
Catawba Countyís manufacturing prowess is supported
and accentuated by a rich geography and diverse
lifestyle that has brought the area national
recognition. The Hickory Metro area was named the
10th Best Place to Live and Raise a Family
in the United States by Readerís Digest.
Business North Carolina magazine also reported
that Catawba Countyís largest city, Hickory, was the
8th best city in the state for its quality of
life. Forbe's Magazine rated the
Hickory Metro area 2nd in the nation for lowest
business costs. Most recently, MSNBC
recognized Hickory as the
14th Hottest Housing Market in the Nation.
Southern Business & Development ranked
Catawba County the top mid-market in North
Carolina in their list of the "Top 250 Best
Places in the South to Locate Your Company."
Catawba County is also renowned as a center of the
regionís retail shopping, entertainment and cultural
life. A leading retail mall, furniture mart,
convention center, movie theaters, retail shopping
centers and hundreds of restaurants are also major
attractions for visitors from throughout the region.
Education and technical training continues to be a
high priority for Catawba County. The Appalachian
State University Greater Hickory Partnership is a
joint education center developed to provide a unique
collaborative learning experience to the Hickory
Metro. Appalachian State University, Lenoir-Rhyne
University and Catawba Valley Community College have
become partners to serve the needs for graduate,
undergraduate, non-credit certificate courses,
research and specialized workforce training.
The Appalachian State University Greater Hickory
Partnership provides the Hickory Metro with
unparalleled economic development opportunities. Not
only does the Center allow the County new promise to
recruit and retain industry, it offers students and
workers access to groundbreaking new educational
Catawba County Economic Development Corporation
to expedite your business relocation, locate
available data center sites
in North Carolina, and learn more
about our regionís thriving economy.