Advanced manufacturing represents nearly 27% of the Greenville region’s Gross Regional Product, more than double the national average GRP of 13%. Advanced manufacturing operations in Greenville are particularly clustered in four areas: chemicals and plastics, machinery and metals, wood and paper products, and marine-related manufacturing.
Labor costs across key occupations are more competitive for employers than the national median thanks to the area’s high-value cost of living
More than 6,000 manufacturing jobs in the Greenville region
The best utility rates in North Carolina with excess capacity of natural gas, electricity and water as well as plans to expand the water treatment plant
The Greenville region’s chemicals and plastics cluster manufactures a range of specialized products including agricultural chemicals and pesticides, plastics material and resins, synthetic fiber, and artificial and synthetic fibers and filaments as well as fabricated products such as plastic fixtures and packaging for consumer and commercial use. Coastal Agrobusiness, TriEst Ag Group, DSM, Fuji Silysia Chemical, Purilum, UNX, Carolina Vinyl Products and CMI Plastics are among the area’s top chemicals and plastics manufacturers.
Nearly 30 companies in the Greenville region with more than a combined 1,000 employees make up the area’s machinery and metals cluster. Major employers including Hyster-Yale, The Roberts Company, United Machine Works, Corbett & Strickland, Jack A. Farrior, North State Steel, Winterville Machine Works and Mestek are among the machinery manufacturers and primary and fabricated metal manufacturers in the area.
Anderson Truss Company, Weyerhaeuser, Hexacomb, Package Craft and Domtar are among the wood and paper products companies employing 750 workers in the Greenville area. Eastern North Carolina has a deep history in logging that is seen in the finished wood products coming out of the area today, from manufactured homes to wood containers to sanitary paper.
The Tar River, leading to the Pamlico Sound and Atlantic Ocean, puts Greenville at the doorstep to North Carolina’s coast. Boat and other marine-related manufacturers leverage Greenville’s strength in other clusters—plastics, metals and wood—in addition to producing navigational equipment and electrical components. In addition to production facilities, Grady-White Boats, a leading designer and manufacturer of fiberglass boats, has been based in Greenville for more than 60 years.
Manufacturer of plastic thermoform packaging
Produces small motors and pinch sensor assemblies
Maker of the world's strongest fiber
Expert in synthetic silica technology
Leading designer and manufacturer of fiberglass boats
Leading paper-based honeycomb packaging
Leading, globally integrated, full-line lift truck manufacturer
Full-service constructor and fabricator
One of the world's largest private owners of timberlands
World's largest manufacturer of power catamarans
World Cat, the largest manufacturer of power catamarans in the world, announced an $8.9 million expansion and an additional 60 new jobs in 2020. This will be World Cat’s second manufacturing operation in eastern North Carolina.