Logistical Advantages

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Cleveland County, North Carolina has tremendous logistical advantages which makes our community a prime location for new and expanding companies. 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.



Domestic Air Transportation Locations from CLT

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  • The Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is located a short distance away from most industrial sites and buildings in Cleveland County. It is the nation’s seventh-busiest airport, with 700+ daily nonstop flights.
  • From CLT, there are daily nonstop services to domestic and international destinations including Frankfurt, London, Paris, Rome, Munich, Toronto, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.
  • At CLT, there is on-site air cargo facilities operated by UPS, FedEx, Emory Worldwide and DHL.
  • US Airways largest hub is located at CLT.
  • Business valet parking service provides VIP treatment for business travelers at CLT.
  • Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is located about an hour away from most industrial sites in Cleveland County.



Shelby Cleveland County Airport Terminal The Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport accommodates corporate and general aviation via a 5002 foot by 100 foot wide fully lighted runway with full parallel taxiway (runway resurfaced in 2004). The airport has a beautiful terminal with restrooms, lounge, refreshments and pilot’s lounge.  In addition, the Airport has a Non-Directional Beacon (NDB – Frequency 417), All Weather Operating System (AWOS – Frequency 118.425), and meteorological weather station to assist pilots in approach landings and flight planning analysis. Daily operations and flight services provided by the airport’s fixed base operator (FBO) the City of Shelby. Hangar space, tie-down, and fuel available.  Call for pricing and availability - 704-487-0100
Shelby Cleveland County Reception Area



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  • Cleveland County is located conveniently near four interstates: I-77, I-85, I-40 and I-26. They all provide direct access to all points north, south and west.
  • There are more than 300 trucking firms in the Charlotte region to ensure highway transportation is always available, and there are multiple trucking companies located in Cleveland County.
  • The Highway 74 Bypass, also known as the Shelby Bypass, is currently under construction and will be built to interstate standards. The 18.5 mile bypass will extend west of Peachtree Road near Mooresboro, NC to Stony Point Road at the US 74 Business Route near Kings Mountain, NC. The cost is estimated at $295.9 million for the right of way, utility relocation and the construction of six sections. This project has been a top priority for Cleveland County officials, who feel it will help improve traffic flow and provide better access to our industrial sites and buildings. The project will greatly improve traffic congestion, increase safety and improve connectivity between Interstate 85 and Interstate 26.


Rail Lines in the Charlotte Region

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  • Extensive rail network in the Charlotte Region and Cleveland County; 600 trains run through the region weekly.
  • Norfolk Southern Intermodal is located next to Charlotte Douglass International Airport (CLT).
  • South Carolina Inland Port is located in Greer, SC next to Greenville Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) and located only an hour away from most industrial sites and buildings in Cleveland County.
  • Railroad access provides linkage to 22 states in the eastern U.S.
  • Access to Foreign Trade Zone #57.
  • CSX Transportation and Norfolk Southern Railway are primary service providers.
  • Daily express services inbound and outbound.
  • Double stack trains.
  • Exceptionally high and wide clearances.
  • Lancaster and Chester Railroad (L&C), a locally owned short line with reliable connections to CSX and Norfolk Southern;  this privately-owned short line is located close to Cleveland County, NC.
  • The Aberdeen Carolina & Western Railway (ACWR), the largest privately owned shortline in North Carolina with two connections to CSX and three connections to Norfolk Southern are both located close to Cleveland County.
  • Support services for logistics industry include brokers, freight consolidators, custom house brokers, logistics consulting and off-line railroad sales offices.
Charlotte Intermodal Terminal


Carolina Ports

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Cleveland County has great access to the Port of Charleston, the busiest container port along the Southeast and Gulf coasts, located nearly 230 miles from Cleveland County, NC.

  • Ranks fourth nationally in volume.
  • Access to 13 of the top 15 carriers in the U.S. container trade.
  • Intermodal access via rail and highways to the Charlotte region.