Rocky Mount, the largest municipality in Nash County, has been recognized by Global Trade Made in America: 20 Top U.S. Cities for Manufacturers for being a regional manufacturing center. Global Trade recognized Cummins, an engine manufacturing powerhouse located in Nash County, as being a major player in contributing to Rocky Mount’s $42,000 on a per capita basis in manufacturing, “making it one of the most dynamic industrial cities in the nation”.
Just days after the Global Trade article was published, Rocky Mount was also recognized by Freight Waves, a leading logistics news site. The article (which can be read in full here) highlighted an analysis by The Boyd Co, a distribution center site selection consultancy, which found Rocky Mount to be “the least expensive of 25 East Coast sites for pharmaceutical distribution hubs”. The article also hits on Rocky Mount’s phenomenal logistics location: being half-way between New York and Florida, proximity to I-95, Research Triangle Park, four seaports, Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and the North Carolina Global TransPark. Pfizer, one of the largest manufacturers of sterile injectables in the world, utilizes Rocky Mount’s prime logistic location to manufacture “nearly one-quarter of all sterile injectables used in U.S. hospitals”. With the CSX intermodal terminal Carolina Connector underway in Rocky Mount, the logistical advantage will continue to grow and thrive.