Transportation accessibility is the #1 factor in industrial site selection.
Nash County is strategically located in eastern North Carolina and is perfectly situated at the mid-point of the East Coast. It is bisected by Interstate 95 and US 64 (Future I-87) and US 264 borders the County on the south. Nash County is a 45-minute drive east of the Research Triangle and the State’s capital, Raleigh. The strong transportation network allows an easy commute to jobs locally from the Raleigh-Durham metropolitan region and more than 8 surrounding counties.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport is one hour or less away of the business corridors of Nash County and provides travelers with many non-stop destination options. More than 14 million passengers and about 200 million pounds of cargo are handled at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). RDU is served by 10 passenger airlines and 2 dedicated air cargo airlines. The Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport located in Nash County features a 7,100 foot runway for personal and business aircraft.
CSX Transportation and Carolina Coastal Railway offer business rail service throughout the county. Amtrak passenger service is available in Historic Downtown Rocky Mount. The CSX Carolina Connector Intermodal facility in Rocky Mount is expected to be completed in 2020 and will offer Nash County businesses a competitive advantage for logistics and the distribution of goods.
Worldwide goods are shipped to and from Nash County through three major seaports, Norfolk VA, Wilmington, NC and Morehead City NC located within a 2-hour drive.
Foreign Trade Zone
Nash County is served by Foreign-Trade Zone #214 located in Southeastern North Carolina (SENC) and offers individuals and businesses the opportunity to import foreign goods into a duty-free zone.
Out of multiple sites in seven states we decided on Nash County for our new U.S plant site location, because of the strategic location, along I-95, and right in the center of the East Coast corridor. A majority of our targeted customers and consumers are located on the East Coast, based on a Logistics Study that was done by an external consulting company. Other important factors that were favorable was the good climate, the availability of a competent and non-union work force, attractive incentives, lower operating costs, the proximity of most of our raw material suppliers, a pro-business environment, and a business park with a professional appearance/infrastructure/accessibility. We absolutely do not regret our decision and we are planning to expand our business operation in Nash County, NC in the near future.
– Frans Castelein, President of Poppies International, Inc.