North Carolina is where the rubber meets the road for nearly 300 auto manufacturing establishments, which is no surprise considering our 26,000-strong industry workforce and low tax burden.

Meet some of the automotive, truck and heavy machinery companies doing business in North Carolina:

Aisin AW logo     BorgWarner logo     Bridgestone logo     Caterpillar logo

Continental logo     Daimler logo     Denso logo     Thomas Built Buses logo

Freightliner logo     Goodyear logo     Toyota Logo 4   VinFast Logo 2

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  • The lowest corporate income tax rate in the U.S.
    • 2.5% corporate tax rate
    • NC is ranked No. 1 for lowest state and local tax burden in the United States by Ernst & Young and the Council on State Taxation
  • Access to four deep-water seaports
    • Ports in Wilmington, NC and Morehead City, NC
    • NC Ports provide some of the quickest turnaround times on the East Coast, with low costs and easy access to NC’s rail and highway systems
    • Easy access to the ports of Charleston, SC and Norfolk, VA
  • Access to the largest consolidated rail system in the U.S.
    • 3,200+ miles (5,150 km) of track
    • Easy access to major seaports and manufacturing hubs in the Southeast
  • Reliable, low-cost electricity
    • NC’s average industrial electricity rate is more than 8 percent lower than the national average

  • The largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast
    • More than 460,000 manufacturing workers in NC
    • Tenth-largest manufacturing workforce in the nation
    • Fifth-highest gross state product from manufacturing, at 20 percent
  • An educated and highly trained workforce
    • Three Tier 1 research universities within 25 miles of one another:
      • Duke University
      • North Carolina State University
      • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    • 125 public and private colleges and universities across the state
    • NC’s 58-campus community college system offers a variety of training and classes within 25 miles of every resident in the state
  • Customized training programs
    • NCWorks, the state’s comprehensive workforce development platform, offers customizable training for new and existing businesses in the state
  • A readymade workforce from the military
    • NC is home to the third-largest military population in the U.S.
    • Every year, approximately 20,000 skilled service members will transition out of the military through NC’s Department of Defense installations

  • North Carolina Center for Automotive Research
    • NCCAR offers secure assistance to the automotive industry for product development and testing
    • A 2-mile, bi-directional road course
    • A 2-acre vehicle dynamics area
    • A 7-acre dirt facility
  • Future Renewable Electric Energy Delivery and Management Systems Center
    • The FREEDM Systems Center researches approaches and solutions to optimize the electric grid
    • Research and development to support the broader use of electric vehicles
    • Research areas include power electronics packaging, controls theory, solid state transformers, fault isolation devices, and power systems simulation and demonstration
  • North Carolina Motorsports and Automotive Research Center
    • NCMARC houses motorsports research facilities
    • Assets include a water tunnel, a wind tunnel, and alternative propulsion dynamometer test cells
    • Computational labs and other research facilities also available
  • Advanced Transportation Energy Center
    • ATEC develops electric vehicle technologies
    • Resources include power electronics and power system facilities
    • Battery and semiconductor research facilities also available

If you have an automotive industry business project, contact a state economic developer using the webform below.

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