Catawba County has a rich history in manufacturing with over 425 manufacturers employing 27% of the workforce.

Automotive Parts Manufacturing

With numerous companies already supplying to the automotive industry and two of the largest OEM parts suppliers, ZF and GKN Driveline, Catawba County is are well-suited to Automotive Parts Manufacturing. There are over 3,900 workers employed by auto parts suppliers in Catawba County alone.  The average wage for Transportation Equipment Manufacturing is Catawba County is 68% of the national average and 82% of the North Carolina average.  Please view our Automotive Manufacturing Fact Sheet to learn more.

Automotive Suppliers in Catawba County
Company Name Location Local Employees Industry Sector
3M Polymask Conover 100 Tape/Materials for Auto Protection
American Roller Bearing Hickory 350 Anti-friction Bearings
Arcelor Mittal Newton 12 Steel Plates for Heavy Trucks
Carolina Nonwovens Maiden 62 Acoustical Insulation
Dalco Nonwovens Conover 60 Interior Nonwoven Subfloor
GKN Driveline Maiden 1,300 Automotive Gears
GKN Sinter Metals Conover 99 Cam Caps, Transmission Components
Hanes Industries Conover 250 Nonwoven Textiles
HSM Solutions Hickory, Conover, Claremont 1,200 Seating Components
LGM/Jelliff Corp. Hickory 35 Automotive Ignition Systems
Contiental Structural Plastics Newton 50 Heavy Duty Truck Exteriors
Poppelmann Plastics Claremont 50 Plastic Automobile Parts
TSG Finishing Hickory 150 Automobile Textile Finishing
ZF Newton 200 Chassis Components 



Food Processing

Catawba County's recruitment of Food Processing is bolstered by an identical focus by the State of North Carolina.  There are over 64,500 employees working in food manufacturing in North Carolina and 2,600 of those are employed in the Hickory M.S.A. Several food processing and logistics companies have a long history in Catawba County.  An abundant water supply is available for processing operations and the network of processing and packaging suppliers, as well as distribution and cold storage facilities make Catawba County an excellent location for Food Processing. Please view our Food Processing Fact Sheet to learn more.

Food Manufacturing & Logistics in Catawba County
Company Name Location Local Employees Industry Sector
Merchants Distributors, Inc. Hickory 1200 Wholesale grocery store distributor
AdvancePierre Foods Claremont 800 Buns and frozen sandwiches
Performace Foodservice Hickory 700 Food service distributor
Flowers Foods Newton 250 Breads and buns bakery
Renwood Mills Inc. Newton 90 Flour and grains milling
H.T. Hackney Newton 50 Wholesale grocery store distributor
CoPak Solutions Conover 30 Tortilla Chips

 



Advanced Textiles

Textiles have a long history in Catawba County.  Like many areas, Catawba's early industrial economy was largely made up of textile mills.  The Catawba River provided a readily available, abundant water supply and many textile products were manufactured in Catawba County beginning with yarn and including sock, hosiery, and bedding.  In the early part of the century, many of these textile factories moved their operations out of the country.  With companies producing both wovens and nonwovens for a variety of applications, the textile industry still thrives in Catawba County.  Please view our Advanced Textiles Fact Sheet to learn more

Advanced Textiles in Catawba County
Company Location Local Employees Industry Sector
Hanes Industries Conover 200 Woven and nonwoven fabrics
TSG Finishing Multiple 125 Fabric finishing services
Fibrix Conover 75 High-loft nonwoven materials
Dalco Nonwovens Conover 60 Geosynthetic, furniture & automotive
Carolina Nonwovens Maiden 60 Automotive nonwovens
BSN Jobst Multiple 50 Wound & medical textiles
Fiber-Line, Inc. Hickory 50 Coated yarns for fiber optic cabling
Carolina Silver Maiden 20 Silver-based fabric, yarn & fiber



Data Centers

The Catawba County EDC has actively been recruiting data centers since 2006 when it began promoting the NC Data Center Corridor.  The abundant water and electrical supplied established by the textile industry were left vacant when many of the textile facilities closed or relocated in the early 2000s and were a perfect fit for the growing data center industry.  Since that time, numerous data centers have located in, or around, Catawba County.  Some of the most notable are Apple's data center in Maiden, Google's data center in neighboring Lenoir and Facebook's data center in nearby Forest City.  Bed Bath & Beyond has also located a data center in Catawba County.  Catawba County is also home to some of world's top manufacturers of fiber optic and coaxial cable - CommScope, Corning Optical Communications, and Prysmian.  Please view our Data Center Marketing Brochure to learn more or visit www.datacentersites.com to view some of our premiere data center oriented sites, such as the ncDataCampus.