Economic Development Booming in Guilford County
Economic development is booming across Guilford County, as projects in Greensboro and High Point are among the largest in the state. A recent Business North Carolina ranking named Guilford County home to the largest economic development project in the state during the last year, as well as the 8th and 14th. Alorica (1), HAECO (8) and Pratt Industries (14) received the honors based on projected job creation from June 1, 2016 through May 31, 2017.
Alorica came in at number one after announcing 1,400 new jobs would be added at its customer engagement service office in High Point. The largest provider of customer service solutions in the U.S. market, Alorica is headquartered in Irvine, California and has more than 100,000 employees worldwide. HAECO ranked eighth, with 500 jobs added at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The Hong Kong aerospace company will build a $60 million hangar for its aircraft maintenance and repair, while also manufacturing seats, galleys and lavatories in High Point. Pratt Industries, the fifth-largest producer of corrugated packaging in the U.S., tied at number 14. The company is opening a fulfillment center for its in-store display-products division, adding 300 jobs in Whitsett. As described by Brent Christensen, president of the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce, these rankings show the strength of the Greensboro-High Point area’s industries. “The three Guilford County projects in the Business North Carolina rankings showcase three of Greensboro-High Point’s targeted industry sectors – aerospace, distribution and logistics, and specialized business services. We are proud that Greensboro-High Point has North Carolina’s largest job-creation project due to Alorica’s impressive expansion,” said Christensen.
Other areas highlighted by the Business North Carolina rankings include Wake, Cabarrus, Catawba Forsyth, Rutherford, Buncombe, Mecklenburg, Durham, Alamance, Lee, Person and Edgecombe – showcasing the breadth of economic development across the state. North Carolina is growing and as these economic development projects take shape, we must continue improving our competitive business climate in order to attract further investment in every region in North Carolina. I look forward to sharing more examples of North Carolina’s economic development in the future.
Gary J. Salamido
Vice President, Government Affairs
North Carolina Chamber