Catawba County is home to an educated and skilled workforce of 250,000.

Catawba County’s proximity to the Charlotte Douglas International Airport and quick interstate access make it a prime location for business.  Charlotte Douglas International Airport is reachable within 45 minutes and there are multiple direct routes to Charlotte including US Hwy 321 and I-85, NC Hwy 16, and I-40 and I-77.  There are two Ports in NC as well as two inland terminals.  

Interstate Network

60% of the US population is reachable from Catawba County within a one-day drive. Interstate-40 runs east to west through Catawba County. Accessible via US Highway 321, Interstate-85 is reachable in approximately 30 minutes. Interstate-77 is also reachable in 30 minutes via Interstate-40. 

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Drive Times from Catawba County
 City Miles Drive TIme
Charlotte, NC 59 miles 1 hr
Spartanburg, SC 82 miles 1 hr, 30 min
Charleston, SC 258 miles 3hrs, 45 min
Atlanta, GA 258 miles 3 hrs, 45 min
Chattanooga, TN 288 miles 5 hrs
Washington, DC 400 miles 6 hrs
Cincinnati, OH 438 miles 6 hrs, 30 min
Detroit, MI 620 miles 9hrs, 30 min
New York, NY 632 miles 9hrs, 30 min
Chicago, IL 726 miles 11 hrs
Miami, FL 778 miles 12 hrs

Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is ranked the 6th busiest airport in the world, averaging nearly 1,600 daily aircraft operations. CLT serves 177 nonstop destinations and 35 international destinations.  CLT welcomes more than 50 million passengers annually. (CLT Fast Facts)

CLT is served by eight domestic carriers and three foreign flag carriers. Daily nonstop service to domestic and international destinations includes Frankfurt, London, Madrid, Munich, Toronto, Montreal, and Mexico City among others.

(CLT) is ranked among the top 10 busiest airports in the world, averaging 1,400 daily aircraft operations. CLT serves 177 nonstop destinations and 37 international destinations.

Air Cargo
CLT offers a variety of air cargo facilities to meet your company's needs. For more information, including details on CLT's current air cargo development strategy, email

Wilson Air Center
Wilson Air Center operates CLT's Fixed Base Operation (FBO) through a management agreement. The Wilson Air complex consists of more than 50 acres of facilities and a variety of aircraft storage including heated storage, T-hangars, SunPorts and tie-downs. They also offer ground support services such as parking, fueling, catering, rental cars, military support, freight handling and airline charter services. Wilson Air Center - CLT has been named Professional Pilot Magazine's #1 Best Small U.S. FBO for three consecutive years.
Wilson Air Center
4010 General Aviation Drive
Charlotte, NC 28208
Wilson Air Center Website


Hickory Regional Airport

The Hickory Regional Airport, a general aviation airport, is the aviation leader in Western North Carolina. - Photo by Eckard Photographic

The Hickory Regional Airport (HKY) is the aviation leader in Western North Carolina and is a general aviation airport not currently served by a commercial airline. The Hickory Regional Airport is committed to providing a high level of service to its' customers by providing FREE Wireless Internet Access, exceptional facilities, free parking, excellent airfield maintenance and timely service.  The airport provides the Hickory Metro area with a gateway to the world through a well-maintained runway/taxiway system, a customer-needs oriented terminal building and aircraft services through the City operated FBO. The Hickory Regional Airport offers a control tower, an aircraft maintenance facility, on-site restaurant and rental cars, short & long-term parking, a 24/7 100LL self-serve pump, charter services and hangar and tiedown rentals. The FBO caters to the pilot by providing Wifi, a pilot's lounge, snooze room and shower, crew cars and weather and flight planning stations.

Port of Wilmington

The Port of Wilmington is strategically located on the U.S. East Coast and is approximately 4 hours from Catawba County. Owned and operated by the North Carolina State Ports Authority, the Port of Wilmington offers terminal facilities serving container, bulk and breakbulk operations. Wilmington is one of the few South Atlantic ports with readily available berths and storage areas for containers and cargo. The Port is a C-TPAT certified location and is designated as Foreign Trade Zone 214. The Port of Wilmington is served by a 42-foot navigational channel. Readily available modern transit and warehouse facilities, state-of-the-art post-Panamax container cranes and support equipment, and the latest in cargo management technology provide a broad platform for supporting international trade to the fast-growing Southeast U.S. market. Recent and ongoing improvement to regional and national highway networks make surface transportation supporting the Port of Wilmington superior to neighboring ports. CSX Transportation provides daily service for boxcar, tanker and general cargo services. The Port of Wilmington has ample capacity to support today’s cargo volumes. 

Port of Morehead City

One of the deepest ports on the US East Coast, the Port of Morehead City is located just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean and is approximately five hours from Catawba County. The port handles both breakbulk and bulk cargo and is the second largest importer in the country for natural rubber. As a leading exporter of phosphate, the Port of Morehead City features a dry-bulk facility with a 225,000-ton capacity warehouse and other open storage is available. Access to Interstates 95 and 40 is available via U.S. Highways 70 and 17 as well as train service from Norfolk Southern. The Port of Morehead City continues to improve its facilities to meet customer needs. A 177,000-square foot warehouse is available to house high value commodities such as paper, steel, and lumber. This warehouse features 29-foot ceilings and easy access to ocean berths.

Charlotte Inland Terminal

Located 45 minutes from Catawba County, the Charlotte Inland Terminal, a C-TPAT Certified location, is strategically located at the heart of manufacturing and distribution sites in the Southeast, serving the I-85 and I-77 distribution corridors. CIT provides professional, neutral container yard operations to container carriers, and serves as a staging area for empty and loaded containers. The terminal is bonded by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Grounding and mounting service is available for loaded and empty containers. Users of the CIT can also benefit from the convenience of container and chassis maintenance and repair operations, available on site from a third-party vendor. Real-time data management is provided through the Port of Wilmington’s Terminal Operating System.

Sprint container service via truck is available between the Port of Wilmington, Charlotte and points west and north. This “matchback” service is available only to customers of steamship lines with regular advertised service at the Port of Wilmington.


16 acres - Stacking space for 391 containers - 292 parking spaces


  • Fully fenced and lighted
  • Mounting and grounding of full and empty containers
  • Fully EDI capable - real time transactions and reporting
  • CBP bonded, C-TPAT certified
  • Container/chassis maintenance and repair available on site

Piedmont Triad Inland Terminal

The Piedmont Triad Inland Terminal (PTIT) is located in Greensboro, NC, a little over an hour from Catawba County and approximately 185 miles northwest of the Port of Wilmington. Strategically located at the heart of manufacturing and distribution sites in the Southeast, PTIT serves the I-40 and I-85 corridors. The PTIT is the NC State Ports Authority’s second intermodal terminal connecting the industrial regions in the western portion of the state with direct, economical port access. The PTIT and the Charlotte Inland Terminal (CIT), a similar inland cargo container storage and staging facility located 200 miles west of the port, act as inland consolidation points for import and export cargo.

High volume container traffic makes substantially lower inland transportation rates available to shippers moving cargo by truck or rail between the terminals and the port. The PTIT is located at 505 Chimney Rock Road, just off Interstate 40 and less than 10 miles from the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

PTIT is 13 total acres, graveled and fenced with outside lighting.