Key Industries

Cabarrus County is located in one of the fastest growing regions in the country. Once home to Cannon Mills, the world’s largest producer of fine towels and linens, Cabarrus County has a rich history in textiles and a large, highly skilled workforce that has fueled the county’s growth over the decades. Along with its workforce, the county has attracted many major companies because of its availability of industrial space, proximity to Charlotte, incentive programs, and quality of life.

Advanced Manufacturing

Traditionally a textile manufacturing hub, Cabarrus County’s manufacturing industry has diversified and advanced to include hundreds of innovative companies, including Corning Inc., DNP Imagingcomm America Corporation, Legrand, and Celgard.

With several interchanges along I-85, large available labor pool, strong academic-industry collaboration on workforce training, and low cost of doing business, Cabarrus County is a prime place for relocating and expanding advanced manufacturing companies.


Access is the name of the game and Cabarrus County has become a hub. With several interchanges along I-85, just 20 minutes north of downtown Charlotte and 30 minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Cabarrus County provides both the location and the infrastructure for operations requiring superior logistics regardless of transportation mode.

For businesses requiring advanced logistics, Cabarrus County also offers a great selection of warehousing facilities, spec buildings, and an abundance of land for development.

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Both Concord-Padgett Regional Airport and nearby Charlotte-Douglas International Airport make Cabarrus County ideal for firms in the aerospace industries. Our location and superior logistics make us a natural choice for Tier 2 and 3 suppliers to Honda, Spirit Aerosystems and Boeing, as well as smaller specialty OEMs.

STEM Aviation and Aerospace Academy
In August 2020, Cabarrus County Schools will open its Academy of Aviation and Aerospace at the brand new West Cabarrus High School in Concord.  Developed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, the four-year high school academy will offer comprehensive aviation study options to fill the gaps for pilots and technicians in the aerospace industry.

With several interchanges along I-85, large available labor pool, strong academic-industry collaboration on workforce training, and low cost of doing business, Cabarrus County is a prime place for relocating and expanding advanced manufacturing companies.


The high-octane world of NASCAR racing is proud to call Cabarrus County its home. Cabarrus County is home to an abundance of motorsports facilities, such as Charlotte Motor Speedway, the zMAX Dragway, and Windshear – a one-of-a-kind wind tunnel facility featuring a 200-mph rolling road surface. NASCAR’s top teams, including Hendrick Motorsports, Stewart-Haas Racing, Roush-Fenway Racing, and Chip Ganassi Racing all call Cabarrus County home. NASCAR’s very own research and development facility is also located here, where safety components like the “soft-wall” SAFER (Steel and Foam Energy Reduction) barrier were studied. It’s true that over 90% of all NASCAR teams reside within a 50-mile radius, with over 200 motorsports-dependent businesses employing over 20,000 people.

Beyond NASCAR, Cabarrus County is a land of opportunity for all suppliers connected with motorsports or automotive technology, providing proximity to other suppliers and the regional motorsports industry.

Food & Beverage

Cabarrus County is home to an array of food and beverage distributors and specialty food processing firms. Along with S&D Coffee & Tea and Gordon Food Service, Cabarrus County is home to PreGel America, General Mills, Sysco Food Services, Dole Foods, and Monsanto.

In 2019, the NC Food Innovation Lab, the region’s most versatile and only FDA-inspected food manufacturing pilot plant facility, opened its doors at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. The 16,000 sq. ft. plant-based food processing and product development facility offers a range of customizable services, including product research and development; pilot plant production; training and workshops; and food industry consulting to serve a global community of growth-phase entrepreneurs, established food companies, venture capitalists, and accelerators.


Cabarrus County is home to the North Carolina Research Campus, a 350-acre research center focused on improving human health through research into nutrition and agriculture. This life sciences campus partners with nine separate universities as well as private companies, including Dole, Monsanto and General Mills. The success of the NCRC has built Cabarrus County a growing international reputation based on nutrition, health and agriculture research.

In 2019, Hydromer moved its headquarters and manufacturing facility from New Jersey to Cabarrus County, North Carolina. The company produces polymers for use in medical devices and other applications.

Two leading healthcare providers, Atrium Health and Novant Health, serve Cabarrus County and the surrounding region.

Recent Business Announcements

NASCAR Technology Center

The technology center, located at 7550 West Winds Blvd NW in Concord, would house the NASCAR Productions operation that is currently located in Charlotte. NASCAR Productions is the television and video production division of NASCAR. This 58,000 SF facility, with the ability to expand, would be a mix of studios, production facilities and office space.

Type: Relocating
Jobs Relocated: 125
Investment: $28,000,000

Max Solutions, Inc.

Started by packaging industry veterans in 2021, Max Solutions is a newly formed manufacturer of highly specialized packaging. The company produces custom folding cartons, labels, and inserts for the health care and consumer industries. With sustainability at the forefront, the Concord facility will be Max Solutions’ second manufacturing facility and will cover 150,000-square feet with state-of-the-art technology to meet market demands along the East Coast.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 150
Investment: $27,000,000


Eli Lilly

Eli Lilly and Company announced plans to invest $1 billion in a Cabarrus County manufacturing campus that will generate 589 new jobs with an average wage of over $70,000. The company will produce injectable products and devices at their state-of-the-art five-building campus that includes the manufacturing facility along with spaces for logistics and packaging, a quality control lab and a central utilities plant.

Lilly selected Concord due to the manufacturing technology experience of the local labor force; the proximity to universities with strong science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs; and access to major transportation infrastructure.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 589
Investment: $1,000,000,000


The Kroger Co., America’s largest grocery retailer, announced it will offer more Americans delivery through the addition of a new customer fulfillment center in Concord, NC. Powered by the Ocado Group, the fulfillment center will combine vertical integration, machine learning, and robotics to provide an affordable, friendly and fast fresh food delivery service as part of the company’s seamless ecosystem.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 692
Investment: $89,000,000


Type: New
Jobs Created: 30
Investment: $50,000,000


STERIS Corporation is a leading provider of infection prevention and other procedural products and services. The company will provide outsourced surgical instrument reprocessing and instrument repair solutions by certified sterile processing professionals and highly trained repair technicians to customers in the region.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 120
Investment: $19,950,000


Greif, Inc. (NYSE: GEF, GEF.B), a global leader in industrial packaging products and services, is expanding its CorrChoice – Concord sheet feeder operations. This investment enables Greif to continue its growth with new and existing strategic customers throughout the southeastern United States while enhancing customer service through diminished lead times. The expansion is also expected to create up to 30 new jobs in Cabarrus County where the CorrChoice – Concord sheet feeder is located.

Type: Existing
Jobs Created: 20
Investment: $9,700,000

Ball Metal Beverage Container Corporation

(Red Bull, Rauch, Ball Project)

Headquartered in Colorado, Ball Corporation is a global leader in supplying aluminum packaging for beverages, food, and household products. Since its start in 1880, the company has grown to more than 100 production facilities and 10,000 employees around the globe.

Ball will manufacture aluminum cans for Red Bull and other customers in a new 800,000-square-foot state-of-the-art operation in Concord, North Carolina.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 220
Investment: $383,800,000

RRB Beverage Operations Inc.

(Red Bull, Rauch, Ball Project)

A state-of-the-art 2 million-square-foot beverage production hub at The Grounds at Concord.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 323
Investment: $553,000,000

Red Bull North America, Inc.

An 800,000 SF regional distribution center at the new beverage hub in Concord, NC.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 90
Investment: $140,000,000


Nanotech is a leader in the design, development and manufacture of state-of-the-art ultra-precision machine tools and associated processes for the production of advanced optical components in consumer electronics, space, defense, aerospace, lighting, medical and automotive sectors. The Concord location will employ Nanotech’s newest technology advancements, to include next generation diamond-turning equipment, state of the art metrology and analysis tools, and hardware process-development activities.

Type: New
Jobs Created: Unknown
Investment: Unknown

Prime Beverage Group

Prime Beverage Group is a beverage co-packing company that will contract with brand name beverage companies to mix and package their canned drinks.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 231
Investment: $68,000,000

GoldenHome International

GoldenHome International is a high end integrated kitchen cabinet, appliance and customized furnishings manufacturer. The company specializes in both artificial intelligence and advanced ergonomics in their furniture designs. The International company will construct multiple buildings totaling between 700,000-800,000 SF of facility space including their North American HQ, manufacturing and distribution facility, showroom, and R&D/design/training facility. 

Type: New
Jobs Created: 256
Investment: $86,000,000

Reynolds Group Holdings

Reynolds Group Holdings
(Reynolds Consumer Products)
A New Zealand-based packaging company that supplies consumer food- and beverage-packaging supplies. It is best known for its Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil.

Type: New
Jobs Created: Unknown
Investment: Unknown

General Motors

General Motors
The Concord Technical Center will focus on performance and racing in the Charlotte region. The facility expands GM’s performance and racing capabilities, with a focus on transferring knowledge and resources from the racing programs to core vehicle engineering. The goal for the Technical Center is to eventually house future technology and engineering development capabilities.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 231
Investment: $68,000,000

Brooks Equipment

Brooks Equipment
Leading business-to-business supplier for the fire safety equipment industry.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 30
Investment: $1,000,000

Pultron Composites/Mateenbar

Pultron Composites/Mateenbar
A leading global industrial technology company specializing in the development and manufacture of high-performance fiber-reinforced polymer composites using the pultrusion process.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 108
Investment: $5,000,000

Ford Performance Racing School

Ford Performance Racing School
Provides instruction in high-performance driving to drivers of all levels. They selected Charlotte Motor Speedway to be headquarters for its new east venue to better serve performance vehicle owners and driving enthusiasts east of the Mississippi River.

Type: New
Jobs Created: 41
Investment: $4,000,000


An online used car retailer and technology business. The Concord location will be an inspection and recommissioning facility. Production includes an inspection and certification process and reconditioning of its vehicles. Post production, vehicles are distributed to buyers across the US. 

Type: New
Jobs Created: 304
Investment: $35,000,000

International Companies

Foreign-owned companies enrich our business community and cultural amenities. We have identified at least 25 international companies that have a presence in Cabarrus County that represent 11 countries {Germany (5) – Canada (4) – England (3) – Japan (3) – France (2) – Italy (2) – Switzerland (2) – Brazil (1) – Ireland (1) – Mexico (1) -Sweden (1)}.

The image below shows the number of companies in Cabarrus County from each country.

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