Burke County, North Carolina is a place where business is welcomed and supported. Our communities have developed a richly diverse economy that attracts a wide range of businesses, while our county’s strong manufacturing heritage has provided employers with a workforce that has a solid work ethic and a deep appreciation for quality.
Local employers benefit from a labor shed of more than 178,000 workers within a 20-minute drive -- and more than 650,000 within a 45-minute drive. Those workers come to employers with an abundance of skills thanks to high schools focused on supporting the local economy and our area’s many public and private colleges and universities, offering a total of more than 200 undergraduate and 140 graduate programs.
Norfolk Southern also gives local businesses the advantages of its Charlotte Regional Intermodal Facility at Charlotte International Airport (CLT), a little over an hour away. The facility links air, rail, and truck transportation. CLT, with runways up to 10,000 feet (3,048 meters) long, is also home to the Charlotte Air Cargo Center, served by more than 60 freight forwarders and 15 air cargo carriers.
Burke County businesses are well-connected with the outside world. Interstate 40 bisects the county and provides easy access from 14 interchanges that get shipments on their way quickly. Nearby connections to Interstates 77, 85, 26, 81, and 95 give local businesses fast connections to major markets in every direction. A Norfolk Southern mainline offers direct access to several Atlantic Ocean ports that are within six hours, putting overseas markets in close reach.