The plastics and composites industry remains one of the strongest components of North Carolina’s diverse manufacturing sector. Hundreds of plastics manufacturing and processing companies employ close to 40,000 people in the state.


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Every North Carolina public power community is a unique package, but they all share common traits: a track record of reliable energy and the flexibility to adapt to changing community and local business needs. Looking for other reasons NC might fit the mold of your business? Did you know:

N.C.'s Industrial Electric Rate is 10% BELOW the national average

North Carolina has the lowest corporate income tax in the United States

An education network of universities and community colleges in N.C. supports customized training for your company

North Carolina boasts more than 460,000 total manufacturing workers, largest in the Southeastern U.S.

Our Keys to Success in the Plastics Industry

North Carolina has a long and successful track record of supporting the plastics and composites industry. From workforce training to consulting services, powerful resources exist to support continued growth of this important sector, such as:

The North Carolina Polymers Center of Excellence provides polymer testing, polymer processing, and workforce training to increase knowledge within emerging technologies in the plastics industry.

The Composite Center of Excellence in Kinston, N.C. is a 33,000 square-foot training center designed to serve the growing aerospace industry in Eastern North Carolina. The centerpiece of the facility is a 2,950 square-foot composites training lab, operated by Lenoir Community College, to support pathways for careers such as aerospace assembly technicians, composite mechanics, logistics and material handling, manufacturing process support, quality assurance, automated machine operators and programmers, and other support positions.

The Nonwovens Institute was launched in 2007 as the world’s first accredited program for the interdisciplinary study of engineered fabrics. The Institute, which has a heavy focus on
polymer technology, is dedicated to expanding the nonwovens industry through research, training and education.

Smart Sites® and Shell Buildings

Critical production demands can’t always wait on a lengthy construction project. We created the Smart Sites® program to offer more shovel-ready property for economic development growth in our member communities. The valuable due diligence included in our program assists site selectors in making informed, intelligent choices. In short, the Smart Sites® program simplifies the process for consultants and companies and minimizes risk to them.

Looking for a move-in ready manufacturing space? Many of our member communities have shell industrial buildings that may suit your needs. Below are just a few of our many available Smart Sites® and Shell Buildings.

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Additional Key Industries within Public Power Communities

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