Industry Clusters

North Carolina's Southeast Region is home to a wide range of industries, which are able to take advantage of the myriad strengths and opportunities our communities offer. Some of our largest industry clusters include:

Advanced Textiles

North Carolina is leading the charge in Advanced Textiles, and North Carolina's Southeast is home to many of the industry's leading manufacturers. Learn more about the region's Advanced Textile cluster.  


Agri-Industry and Food Processing

Our state's rich agricultural heritage makes North Carolina's Southeast a perfect place for food processing companies to grow and expand. Learn more about the region's Food Processing cluster.


Aviation & Aerospace

The southeastern United States has seen tremendous growth in the aerospace industry in recent years. North Carolina's Southeast is well positioned to nurture further expansion. Learn more about Aviation and Aerospace in our region.



The Life Science sector is one of the fastest growing segments in North Carolina's economy. And with strengths in bio-renewables, Contract Research and Marine Biotechnology, it's truly a statewide industry. Learn more about NCSE's biotech industry.


Building Products

Whether working with wood, metal, plastic, many companies in the area are engaged in the building products industry. They're here because it's easy to distribute, and because of our state's rapidly growing population. Learn more about the advantages we office the Building Products industry.


Defense & Military

Fort Bragg, MCB Camp Lejuene, Seymour Johnson AFB and Marine Corps Air Station New River, combined to house more than 100,000 active duty soldiers, marines and airmen within a 125 miles of each other. As you might imagine, this is a major draw for defense contractors. Learn about our Defense and Military sectors.


Distribution & Logistics

Reach 200 million consumers within a two-day truck drive. Enjoy global access via the deepwater port in Wilmington. Fly from one of three regional airports, or drive to one of two international airports nearby. Getting the picture? Learn more about the advantages of operating a Distribution / Logistics company in our region.



With miles of coastline and wide open spaces, it's no surprise renewable energy companies are flocking to the area. But it's not just these "traditional" alternative power companies interested in our region. Others are looking at using wood pellets and even animal waste to generate power. Learn more about our Energy sector.



Metalworking is a broad segment that includes everything from chain link fences to aerospace-grade sheet metal. Here in North Carolina's Southeast, we've got a little bit of everything — and training programs that can prepare workers for anything we might be missing. Learn more about our Metalworking industry.