Businesses in Smithfield, NC

December 31, 2012 at 12:00 pm EST


Affording a perfect marriage of resources, location and skilled manpower, it's no wonder Johnston County has such a diverse cross-section of businesses. The area's proximity to Raleigh's population and the brain trust of the Research Triangle allow Johnston County notable success in the manufacturing, retail, food and pharmaceutical industries.


Johnston County's manufacturers range from industrial giant Caterpillar's plants in Clayton and Smithfield to electronics manufacturer and electronic cable producer Carolina Electronic Assemblers. Benson is home to PGI Nonwovens, a producer of sanitary and industrial textiles such as diapers, medical fiber and insulation. The Flanders-Precisionaire plant in Benson produces air filter components for Flanders Corp., the largest manufacturer of air filters for high-tech industry in the U.S.


Johnston County's retail force is epitomized by Smithfield's Carolina Premium Outlets, a massive chain of outlet stores within easy driving distance of Raleigh. Approximately 80 apparel, housewares, furnishing, luggage and sundry specialty stores serve a full range of shopping needs.

Food Distribution

Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork producer and processor, is based here and operates a network of farms, packing plants and distribution centers. Some of its familiar brands include FarmlandJohn Morrell & Co. and Curly's. Smithfield also is home to Stevens Sausage Co., Carolina Packers and Johnston County Hams. Stevens is known for its smoked ham and chitterlings, while Carolina takes pride in its bologna and Bright Leaf hot dog brand. Johnston County Hams provides cooked and uncooked country hams, honey-cured hams, prosciutto and smokehouse meats, including bacon and sausage. In Selma, food service leader Sysco Corp. offers more than 9,000 products and serves an estimated 675 customers per day.


Thanks to Johnston County's proximity to the Research Triangle, a pharmaceutical business cluster emerged here. Global pharmaceutical producer and research center Grifols' manufacturing center in Clayton is the largest employer in the county. In addition to Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals Inc., the industry sector includes Hospira Inc., the world's leading producer of generic syringe-delivery pharmaceuticals.

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