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Powering the Plastics and Packaging Industry in North Carolina

Our Keys to Success in the Plastics Industry

The plastics 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. Additionally, plastics-dependent industries — sectors like health care,  automotive and aerospace — combine to employ another 725,000 North Carolinians.

Key Benefits:

  • Ranked #1: Largest Manufacturing Workforce in the Southeast
  • Ranked #2: Competitive Labor Environment by Area Development, 2018
  • Elite higher education — 53 colleges and universities including the Tier 1 research universities NCSU, Duke, and UNC
  • Central location on the East Coast with easy access to more than 170 million customers
  • Reliable and affordable energy: North Carolina’s industrial electric rates are 7% lower than the national average

Shovel-ready Smart Sites® and Move-in Ready 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 buildings that may suit your needs. Below are just a few of our many available Smart Sites® and Shell Buildings.

Meet our experienced team and learn about all the opportunities for business expansion available in public power communities. We are here to help!


Business takes Flight in N.C.

Customized training programs through Community Colleges in N.C.

The Customized Training Program provides education, training and support services for new, expanding and existing business and industry in North Carolina through our network of 58 community colleges, serving all 100 counties of the state.

Access the largest manufacturing workforce in the southeastern U.S.

Get the workforce you need in North Carolina. We are a right to work state with a robust talent pipeline including 460,000 manufacturing employees, 22,000 STEM degrees awarded annually, and 18,000 exiting military veterans ready to work.


If you would like to learn how the Economic Development staff of ElectriCities can help locate a building or site to suit your needs, simply fill out the short form below for more information, or call Carl Rees at 919-760-6315.

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