Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT)

Located only 30-45 minutes away from most industrial sites in Cleveland County is the Charlotte Douglas International Airport, which is the eighth busiest in the nation with over 600 flight operations per day. It offers 178 direct, non-stop travel destinations including both domestic and international countries such as Germany, England, Mexico and other South American countries. Within two hours’ flight time or one day's delivery by motor freight, businesses in Cleveland County can reach almost 60 percent of the population of the United States and more than 60 percent of the nation’s industrial base.

Charlotte, NC

Located only a short distance from Cleveland County, Charlotte is the second largest banking capital in the US (NYC ranks first) and home to the world headquarters of eight Fortune 500 companies. Since 1990, new and expanding businesses have invested more than $18 billion there, creating more than 170,000 new jobs. The Charlotte region consists of about 2.7 million people living in 16 counties in two different states, 12 counties in North Carolina and four in South Carolina. It is strategically located in the center of the East Coast, and the importance of this Eastern time zone location cannot be overestimated. Charlotte has become an international, manufacturing melting pot of companies and has an attractive quality of life that rivals large urban markets. Thriving industry sectors include: Aerospace, Energy, Motorsports, Defense and Film.

Asheville - North Carolina

Located only an hour away from most industrial sites in Cleveland County, there is no mistaking the cool, mountain vibe you'll feel when you step foot into Asheville. Viewed by many as the artistic capital of the state, Asheville is a mid-sized city in the mountains of North Carolina. With thriving art and music venues and a burgeoning beer scene, Asheville is seen as a destination city by artists throughout the state. Asheville is also home to some notable outdoor recreational equipment manufacturers who have determined that Western NC is the perfect place to manufacture and test that equipment.

Greenville, SC

Located about an hour from most industrial sites in Cleveland County, Greenville is most notably the home to the BMW North American Headquarters and boasts everything from innovative biotech companies to specialty manufacturing facilities. Cleveland County's automotive sector continues to expand as it can conveniently access and service the BMW facility in Greenville. Greenville is home to a diverse range of business and industry, and has a diverse offering of arts and culture, coupled with a thriving downtown that is populated by retailers and restaurants.

Asheville, NC Regional Airport (AVL)

Located only one hour away from most industrial sites in Cleveland County is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL). Allegiant, Delta, United and US Airways serve AVL with nonstop service to Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, New York, Orlando, Palm Beach, Punta Gorda (between Fort Myers and Sarasota FL), and the Tampa Bay area (St. Petersburg).

Greenville, SC International Airport (GSP)

Located only 50 minutes away from most industrial sites in Cleveland County, the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP) is the major aviation facility in the Upstate. GSP is the largest airport in South Carolina and provides both passenger and cargo service. The airport handles over 1.25 million passengers annually and is served by six passenger airlines and four cargo airlines. They offer over fifty (50) daily departures to 16 non-stop destinations. With a recent $100 million expansion, the airport’s runway now measures 11,001 feet and is capable of handling any aircraft flying today. GSP was voted 7th most user-friendly small airport in the nation in a survey by Conde’ Naste Traveler. In May of 2010, Southwest Airlines announced service to GSP.

US Highway 74 and Future Highway 74 Bypass (Under Construction)

Stretching from Tennessee to the beaches of North Carolina, US Route 74 is a highway that serves to connect Cleveland county to both Gaston and Rutherford Counties, while also providing an on ramp onto Interstate 85 leading towards Charlotte. The U.S. 74 Bypass, also known as the Shelby Bypass, includes constructing a four-lane divided highway built to interstate standards. The18.5 mile bypass has a cost that is estimated at $295.9 million for right of way, utility relocation and the construction of six sections, and is a top priority for Cleveland County officials. The bypass will provide excellent access to Cleveland County's industrial sites and will improve traffic flow through and around Shelby by providing a limited access route without traffic signals.


Stretching from Virginia to Alabama, I-85 serves to connect the South’s largest cities, including Charlotte and Atlanta. With multiple on-ramps located in Kings Mountain and located conveniently near Uptown Shelby it provides Cleveland County with easy means by which to participate in Interstate Commerce and is an efficient connector between the Charlotte and Greenville Spartanburg metros.

Shelby - North Carolina

Serving as the county seat of Cleveland County, the city of Shelby boasts a thriving uptown environment with retail and restaurants, while offering residents quick access to major metropolitan areas as well as a variety of social activities and events in which to participate. Major yearly activities include the Cleveland County Fair and the American Legion World Series.

Kings Mountain - North Carolina

Located just 30 miles from the city of Charlotte, the city of Kings Mountain offers a charming mix of small town living and quick access to one of the most vibrant cities in the region. Named after the historic Battle of Kings Mountain, the city is located just five miles north of the Kings Mountain National Military Park.

Charlotte Norfolk Southern Intermodal

The intermodal facility is a quick thirty to forty five minute commute from most industrial sites in Cleveland County. It is located along the southern end of the Charlotte Douglas International Airport's (CLT) center parallel runway and 40 feet beneath two taxiway bridges. Railroad tracks extend a mile along the airfield and the facility is capable of 200,000 lifts annually and transfers containers between trucks and trains.

Shelby-Cleveland County Regional Airport

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 and contemporary 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 – Phone No. 704-487-0100), and a 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.

South Carolina Inland Port

Located only one hour from most industrial sites in Cleveland County and situation along the I-85 Corridor between Charlotte and Atlanta, the SC Inland Port provides a fast, reliable and Eco-friendly method for companies to ship imported goods throughout the south. This full-service facility is located 212 miles inland from the Port of Charleston's facilities. The port offers speed to market and speed to port, as import boxes delivered to the NS Seven Mile Yard in North Charleston by 6 pm will be available at the inland port the following morning. Export boxes delivered to the inland port by 6 pm will be available at NS Seven Mile Yard the next morning.

Boiling Springs

Offering plenty of small town charm, Boiling Springs is a smaller, yet vibrant community that is nestled in eastern Cleveland County. Home to Gardner-Webb University, the only 4 year university in the county, Boiling Springs offers the advantages of a college town while still maintaining its own unique identity.

Cleveland Community College (CCC)

Ranked in the top 10% of community colleges in the United States, CCC is dedicated to serving the higher education and training needs of citizens and industries in Cleveland County. They are a part of the nationally-recognized NC Community College System and the campus in Cleveland County serves more than 13,000 students each year. The college plays a vital role in our economic development efforts and partners collaboratively with new and existing industries to develop customized training programs.

Gardner Webb University (GWU)

GWU is located in Boiling Springs, NC and offers over 55 major and minor programs of study. Students have the benefit of small and individualized classes with a 13-to-1 student faculty ratio and classes taught by some of the finest professors. Over 80 percent of GWU’s professors hold PhDs and have come to Gardner-Webb from numerous prestigious educational institutions. GWU is a collaborative partner in Cleveland County's economic development efforts and offers tuition credits to new and expanding companies who are creating jobs and adding capital investment to the community.