Top Industries

Life Sciences

When it comes to the Life Sciences industry, it’s hard to find a better location than North Carolina. And, with the emergence of the NC Research Campus, Kannapolis has quickly become one of the top choices for non-profit, institutional and private organizations working in this space, including Dole, Monsanto, LabCorp and Cabarrus Health Alliance.

From major research heavy-hitters to Fortune 500 firms, Kannapolis is home to a growing base of intellectual fire power centered in the areas of food, nutrition, agriculture and pharma.

Kannapolis offers the best of all worlds in North Carolina. From a strong research university presence with the eight institutions located on the NC Research Campus to the urban lifestyle offered by its proximity to one of the top 25 U.S. cities in Charlotte to the appeal of living in a traditional small community, Kannapolis is the next hotspot for biotech.



Access, access, access. With five interchanges along I-85 just 20 minutes north of downtown Charlotte and 30 minutes from Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Kannapolis is ideally located for distribution operations.

Already home to major operations for Stanley Works, Novant Health, Shoe Show and others, Kannapolis offers the right combination of workforce, know-how and geography to serve the entire east coast. In fact, firms in Kannapolis can reach more than 60 percent of the U.S. market within one day’s drive.


Advanced Manufacturing

Kannapolis was literally born out of the manufacturing industry, and this industry still thrives in the City, thanks to companies like Ei, a pharmaceuticals solutions company. With all the right ingredients – workforce, location, and excellent training programs – manufacturers in industries ranging from advance textiles to medical devices to industrial machinery excel in the Charlotte region.



Known to many as the home of Dale Earnhardt, Kannapolis has a long proud motorsports tradition. From Ralph Earnhardt’s garage to the headquarters of Stewart-Haas Racing, Kannapolis sits at the epicenter of stock car racing in the Charlotte region.

Over 90 percent of NASCAR teams are located within 50 miles, and more than 200 businesses in Cabarrus County support the motorsports industry.


Food Technologies

With industry giants Monsanto, General Mills and Dole Foods setting up research labs at the NC Research Campus, Kannapolis is quickly emerging as the top location in North Carolina for the food technology industry.

The opportunities for collaboration with major research institutions – including UNC-Chapel Hill, NC State University and Duke University – along with state-of-the-art facilities including the DHMRI at the David H. Murdock Core Laboratory make the City an appealing choice for everyone from start-ups to the Fortune 500.



North Carolina is ranked by Site Selection Magazine as one of the top five states for the alternative energy sector. This emerging industry is quickly finding Charlotte to be an ideal location. In fact, Cabarrus County is home to the new Celgard manufacturing facility. A major lithium-ion battery manufacturer, this facility will help produce batteries for hybrid vehicles.

Other industry heavyweights in the region include Duke Energy, AREVA, Fluor Corp, Parsons, Shaw Power Group, URS/Washington Group, Westinghouse, Siemens and Toshiba America Nuclear Energy.