Industry Overview


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. This location places it within a two day truck drive of more than 200 million U.S. and Canadian consumers.

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Competitive Advantages


Interstates and Highways

  • 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).
  • 100 trucking companies located in the Region.

Deepwater Port

  • 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 214 at the Port of Wilmington. Foreign Trade Zone 93 is inland.
  • 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.

Air Service

  • Cargo service is also available at the Laurinburg-Maxton (MEB) airport.
  • General aviation airports are located in 140 of the Region’s 18 counties.
  • 41 companies in the Region that provide support for the transportation and warehousing sector.
  • NC has no tax on wholesale and retail inventories.

Workforce Development Programs

  • N.C. Community College System - two-year global logistics curriculum and free customized training.

General Advantages

  • Workforce that is 10% more productive than the national average.
  • The second lowest unionization rates in the country (4.1%).
  • 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.
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Who's Here

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
United Air cargo Cumberland & New Hanover
Star Leasing Inc Trucking and warehousing Cumberland
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
Bluearrow Warehousing & Logistics Warehousing & distribution services Pender
Bestway Express Inc Interstate trucking and heavy hauling Robeson
U.S. Cold Storage Cold storage services Robeson & Duplin
Nash and Finch Distribution center Robeson
Quickie Manufacturing Mfg./Distribution center Robeson
Ezzell Trucking Inc Transportation and logistics services for wood residuals Sampson
Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway Railroad services Multiple
Norfolk Southern Railroad services Multiple
NC Ports Container port services Wilmington & Morehead City
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