Catawba County has a rich history in manufacturing with over 425 manufacturers employing 28% of the workforce.

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 4,300 workers employed by motor vehicle and auto parts suppliers within a 45-minute drive time of Catawba County.  The average wage for Transportation Equipment Manufacturing in Catawba County is 63% of the national average and 78% 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
GKN ePowerTrain Maiden 1,200 Automotive Gears
HSM Solutions Hickory, Conover, Claremont 800 Seating Components
American Roller Bearing Hickory 350 Anti-friction Bearings
Hanes Industries Conover 200 Nonwoven Textiles
TSG Finishing Hickory 170 Automobile Textile Finishing
Poppelmann Plastics Claremont 150 Plastic Auto Parts
ZF Newton 150 Chassis Components
Pregis Conover 100 Tape/Materials for Auto Protection
GKN Sintere Metals Conover 75 Cam Caps, Transmission Components
Carolina Nonwovens Maiden 62 Acoustical Insulation
Dalco Nonwovens Conover 60 Interior Nonwoven Subfloor
RMC Advanced Technologies Newton 40 Heavy Duty Truck Exteriors
LGM/Jelliff Corp. Hickory 15 Automotive Ignition Systems
Piedmont-Cleveland-Cliffs Newton 20 Steel Plates for Heavy Trucks
Cataler NA Hickory under construction Automotive Catalysts