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

Catawba County's recruitment of Food Processing is bolstered by an identical focus by the State of North Carolina.  There are over 57,000 employees working in food manufacturing in North Carolina and over 3,000 of those are employed within a 45-minute drive time of Catawba County. 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 1300 Wholesale grocery store distributor
Tyson Foods Claremont 900 Buns and frozen sandwiches
Performace Foodservice Hickory 600 Food service distributor
Flowers Foods Newton 250 Breads and buns bakery
Star Snax Conover 100 Tortilla Chips
Mennel Milling & Bakery Mix Newton 90 Flour and grains milling
H.T. Hackney Newton 50 Wholesale grocery store distributor