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.