Businesses in Dunn, NC

By Kevin Litwin on May 8, 2013 at 10:00 am EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett

Businesses in Harnett County have the benefits of being in a rural community and the economic and cultural opportunities that come with proximity to North Carolina's capital city, Research Triangle Park and Fort Bragg. Here's a look at what drives the economy in Harnett County.

Fort Bragg Regional Alliance

Harnett County is one of 11 counties in the Fort Bragg Regional Alliance that are planning and preparing for growth and the potential gain of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel and their families from base realignments. Counties in the alliance have plans to improve roads, hospitals and infrastructure while maintaining high-quality schools and a well-trained workforce.

All-American Defense Corridor

Companies specializing in defense and homeland security, such as American Physical Security Group, Esterline Defense Technologies and SAAB Barracuda LLC, enjoy the strategic advantages Harnett County offers. The county is at the heart of an industry sector known as the All-American Defense Corridor.

"We enjoy doing business in Harnett County because this area offers reasonable tax rates and is central for shipping and receiving our raw materials and products," says Jim Finnegan, vice president of operations at Esterline. "The employment talent base is also well-versed in assembly techniques."

Industrial Parks, Workforce Development

The county offers multiple sites for new and continuing development, including Edgerton Industrial Park near I-95, and Western Harnett Industrial Park, which has 227 acres of available property. It also can offer significant help for startup and growing companies through the Triangle South Enterprise Center at Central Carolina Community College.

Food Lion Distribution Center

The spacious warehouse in Dunn is used for storing and shipping thousands of supermarket items to Food Lion stores throughout the Southeast. There are 750 employees at the Arrowhead Road location.

Edwards Brothers Malloy

This company in Lillington is well-known in the printing business, primarily producing hard- and soft-bound books. More than 275 employees work at the Edwards Drive facility.

Carlie C's IGAs

Carlie C's is the fastest-growing independent grocery store chain in North Carolina. There are six location in Harnett County (two in Dunn, and stores in Angier, Coats, Erwin and Lillington) with about 25 employees at each store.

Godwin Manufacturing Co.

This long-standing company manufactures truck bodies and snow removal equipment at its Highway 421 South headquarters in Dunn. Godwin has more than 100 employees.

Rooms to Go

The furniture giant just announced the location of a new distribution center in Dunn, on the I-95 corridor.

Harnett Regional Jetport

The jetport has been around since 1981, and has hangar space for 55 private aircraft. Harnett Regional oversees 51,000 flights per year, three times the average at airports of similar size.

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