Competitive Advantages

Research Programs

  • Extensive and groundbreaking research across disciplines in the specific areas of:  forest biomaterials, wood chemistry, physics and materials science for multiphase materials, biotechnology and enzymes for new genetic strains and applications, non-wood fiber processing, alternative building materials and methodologies, sustainable wood materials, wood machining and tooling, and value added wood products.


  • NC Port at Wilmington capable of handling bulk, break-bulk and contained wood chips, lumber and roundstock.
  • Has received as much as .5 million tons of lumber from Europe annually.
  • Wood chip facility on site handled over 120,000 tons of chips in 2009.

Natural Resources

  • Wood Raw Material Resources
  • The Region produces 145 million cubic feet of roundwood timber products (2007 US Forest Service).
  • The 11 counties in NCSE Region produced (US Forest Service, Timber Products Output report 2007):
    • Roundwood products: 145,276,000 cu ft
    • Logging residue: 33,242,000 cu ft
    • Other removals: 26,742,000 cu ft
    • Bark & wood residue: 38,870,830 cu ft  (648,387.5 dry tons)
  • The region has suppliers of timber products and services
    • 40 logging companies
    • 5 forest service companies and organizations
    • 78 wood products companies
    • 20 pulp and paper companies

General Advantages

  • Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
  • The lowest unionization rates in the country (1.9%).
  • Existing building products cluster and advanced manufacturing workforce.
  • 2 deep water ports in NC and within 200 miles of the highest volume ports on the east coast (Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC)
  • Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
  • Foreign Trade Zone at the Port of Wilmington.
  • Highly competitive incentives and financial assistance.
  • Population growth at nearly twice the national average.
  • Quality of life that attracts and retains talent with a cost of living that is lower than the national average.