Distribution & Logistics

North Carolina’s Southeast Region’s geographic location midway on the east coast provides excellent distribution access and logistics efficiencies for companies engaged in manufacturing, assembly, and retail distribution. The region has a three-tiered, interlinked distribution model: 1) At-Port location offers buildings and sites within 20 miles of the Port of Wilmington. 2) Interstate corridors offer inland locations along three interstates – I-40, I-95, and I-74. 3) The region offers close proximity to key regional markets, including Charlotte, NC, Raleigh, NC, Columbia, SC, and Atlanta, GA.

Projected growth for Distribution and Logistics in the region

  • Highway Infrastructure:
    • East/west interstate I-40 (from Wilmington, NC to Barstow, CA) and interstate I-74 (from Wilmington, NC to Cincinnati, OH and west to Davenport, IA).
    • North/south interstate I-95 (from Miami, FL to Portland, ME).
    • 98 trucking companies located in the Region.
  • Port Access:
    • The Port of Wilmington is 284 acres (approximately 115 hectares) and has facilities to serve containerized, bulk and break-bulk cargoes. 
    • Designated Foreign Trade Zone at the Port of Wilmington.
    • The Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point, the largest ammunition port in the western hemisphere, and the Army's primary east coast deep-water port.  
    • The region is within 200 miles (approximately 322 Kilometers) to the ports of Morehead City, NC, Norfolk, VA and Charleston, SC.
  • Railroad Infrastructure:
    • CSX Transportation is the primary railroad service provider in the region connecting the Region’s two metro areas – Wilmington and Fayetteville. 
    • CSX has a major rail yard in Hamlet and a TRANSFLO bulk transfer terminal in Wilmington.  They have other operating facilities in Leland, Fayetteville and Clinton.
    • Norfolk Southern also connects to CSX at Fayetteville.
    • 3 shortlines – Carolina Southern, Aberdeen & Rockfish and Red Springs & Northern – also operate within the Region.
  • Cargo service is also available at the Laurinburg-Maxton (MEB) airport.
  • General aviation airports are located in 10 of the Region’s 11 counties.
  • 41 companies in the Region that provide support for the transportation and warehousing sector.
  • NC has no tax on wholesale and retail inventories.
  • N.C. Community College System - two-year global logistics curriculum and free customized training.
  • Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
  • The lowest unionization rates in the country (1.9%).
  • Free customizable training programs through NC’s Community College system at any of our eight Community Colleges.
  • 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.
Company Name Product County
Sue Bee Honey Distribution center Bladen
Inman Management Inc Freight transport and supply chain logistics Brunswick
Leather Italia Furniture manufacturing and distribution Brunswick
Goodyear Tires Tire manufacturing and distribution Cumberland
Maidenform Distribution center Cumberland
Polo - Ralph Lauren Distribution center Cumberland
Wal-Mart Distribution center Cumberland
US Airways Air cargo Cumberland & New Hanover
Star Leasing Inc Trucking and warehousing Cumberland & Richmond
CSX Transportation Rail transport, warehousing and transloading Entire Region
Aberdeen & Rockfish Railroad Rail transport, warehousing and transloading Hoke
Horizon Tank Lines Inc Hazardous waste transport New Hanover
MCO Transport Inc Trucking and warehousing New Hanover
Old Dominion Freight Line Inc Shipping, warehousing and distribution services New Hanover
Superior Carriers Inc Bulk trucking and transloading New Hanover
Big Rock Sports Distribution center Richmond
Bestway Express Inc Interstate trucking and heavy hauling Robeson
Carolina Cold Storage Inc Cold storage services Robeson
Nash and Finch Distribution center Robeson
Quickie Manufacturing Mfg./Distribution center Robeson
Aludisc Manufacturing and distribution Sampson
Ezzell Trucking Inc Transportation and logistics services for wood residuals Sampson
WestPont Home Distribution center Scotland