Key Industries

The CCEDP business recruitment efforts are focused on key target industry segments. Offering an ideal balance of skilled workforce, essential infrastructure, pro-business mindset, local government support, quality of life, and other corporate relocation advantages, Cleveland County, NC is uniquely positioned to respond to the needs of these target industries.

Cleveland County Industry Clusters Sectors2


Because of Cleveland County's logistical advantages, being centralized between the Charlotte/NC and Greenville/SC markets, the automotive sector continues to grow in Cleveland County. Electric motors, transmissions, truck cabs and motor vehicle parts are manufactured at local operations in Cleveland County. In February 2013, German company KSM Castings NC Inc., a producer of light metal casting products for the automotive industry, invested more than $45 million in KSM’s first U.S. manufacturing facility. The addition is expected to create 189 jobs within five year. Cleveland County is a part of the Charlotte Region, which leads the field as a major manufacturing and distribution hub at the center of North and South Carolina.

Cleveland County and the Charlotte Region continues to strengthen its position as one of the most dynamic data center locations in the United States. This market is one of the fast-rising sought after markets in the United States, due to its low cost of power through Duke Energy, limited natural disaster risk, strong network connectivity, east coast location, available skilled labor and low cost of doing business. While Cleveland County has recruited several data center operations, a major Fortune 50 company announced in February 2012 that they would construct an enterprise data center in the T5@Kings Mountain Data Center Park. The investment exceeded $800 million and created more than 100 jobs. The new 470,000 square-foot facility opened in 2014, thus validating our community's attractiveness as a data center location.

T5@Kings Mountain Data Center Park
The T5@Kings Mountain Data Center Park is located in Kings Mountain/Cleveland County. This park provides insulation from natural hazards (floods, earthquakes, etc), ease of access by air and highways, robust and unlimited infrastructure and physical security. This park is positioned to give the end-user an expedited delivery solution for their mission critical operations. There are sites available for build-to-suits as well as a purpose built, powered, data-center shell building that is available. This will give the end-user a speed to market solution and control over flexible interior design/improvement options.




Cleveland County is a part of the Charlotte Region, which is now being touted as the Energy Capital of the United States.There are more than 250 energy firms that are currently operating in the region, employing more than 20,000 workers. Charlotte is home to Duke Energy’s global headquarters, as well as large engineering operations by Areva NP, URS/Washington, Westinghouse, Siemens Power, Fluor Corporation, Parsons Corporation and Chicago Bridge & Iron. Cleveland County's successes in the energy sector is adding to this growing list. From gas and coal-fired power plants to products as varied as solar component mounting systems to solar panel farms, Cleveland County is making a name for itself within the energy sector.


Advanced manufacturers are choosing Cleveland County to locate and expand their businesses because of the quality workforce, a low cost of doing business, and superb access to a global infrastructure network. Cleveland County is a part of the Charlotte Region and it continues to soar as a superior location for manufacturers and distributors. Given Cleveland County's central location midway between NYC and Miami, manufacturers can reach more than 60% of the US market within one day's drive.