Greensboro has long been known as the manufacturing center of North Carolina, and our economic growth has been built by a skilled manufacturing workforce. From wireless components and electronics, to aerospace and defense, to specialty composites and coatings, Greensboro is an innovative manufacturer’s dream.
Location and Transportation Infrastructure
- Outstanding East Coast location midway between New York and Miami
- More than half of the U.S. population and most major markets within 650 miles.
- Major ground facilities operated by FedEx, UPS, and USPS in the Greensboro area along with the FedEx Mid Atlantic Air Hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
- Greensboro is only 3.5 hours from North Carolina’s two deep-water ports at Wilmington and Morehead City and is in close proximity to ports in Savannah, Charleston, and Norfolk.
- Greensboro features one of the largest concentrations of trucking companies on the East Coast, as well as excellent trailer availability.
Business-Friendly Manufacturing Environment
- North Carolina is a Right-to-Work state, and less than 1% of firms in Guilford County are unionized.
- Low utility costs, excellent power reliability from Duke Energy.
- No inventory tax.
- State and local incentives, as well as state tax credits (including a credit for R&D), are available to qualifying companies.
Aviation Education & Training
Greensboro is investing heavily in new areas such as the science of nanotechnology and composite materials research. Through our eleven regional colleges and universities there are research support, sophisticated engineering programs and training for a superior workforce ready to excel in innovative manufacturing.
- The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T State University have established the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering in Greensboro, which will offer both a professional science master’s degree and a doctorate in nanoscience and nanoengineering.
- Centers of excellence at NC A&T can be a tremendous asset to area companies. For example, NC A&T’s Center for Advanced Materials and Smart Structures conducts research on advanced ceramic materials and the Center for Composite Material Research focuses on polymer-based composite materials.
- Helping companies achieve a world-class workforce is the goal of Guilford Technical Community College (GTCC). State-funded customized workforce training is offered by GTCC in diverse industries with flexible curriculum and training location.
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