Manufacturing in the Region



Traditionally a textile manufacturing hub, Charlotte’s manufacturing industry has diversified and advanced to include thousands of firms in precision metrology, optoelectronics, biomedical technology and chemicals, among other fields. With a low cost of doing business, large available labor pool and strong academic-industry collaboration on workforce training, Charlotte is a prime place for relocating or expanding manufacturing companies.

For more information on the advanced manufacturing industry in Charlotte, download our industry brochure. Click here to purchase a comprehensive list of all manufacturers in the Charlotte region.

Manufacturing highlights:

  • More than 3,500 manufacturers doing business in the Charlotte region
  • Manufacturing employment has grown at more than double the national average since 2010
  • At 1.7 percent, N.C.’s private-sector union membership rate is one of the lowest in the nation.
  • Strong employer-community college relationships

Charlotte Chamber Manufacturers Council
For nearly 20 years, the Charlotte Regional Business Alliance’s Manufacturers Council has worked to advocate for manufacturers in the public arena, promote economic development initiatives to help manufacturers in the county grow, and become a central source for information about community programs to benefit manufacturers. The Manufacturers Council is open to all Alliance members engaged in manufacturing. Council meetings are quarterly and typically consist of an update from the Environmental Committee, a presentation by the company hosting the meeting and a tour of that company’s facility. The council is also active on LinkedIn, where members have the ability to easily share information, connect with other manufacturers and access news, calls to action, data and research that may be of value. For more information on the Manufacturers Council, please visit or contact Ashley Hedrick at 704.378.1345 or