Automotive Manufacturing

An Open Road for Driving Forces

Cleveland County, N.C. is where the automotive industry’s rubber meets the road thanks to well-oiled logistics and top of the line workforce. Components from electric motors and transmissions to truck cabs are manufactured in Cleveland County and 290 companies across the state for auto pioneers like BMW, Volvo and GM.

Location is a prime advantage, with the county strategically situated between Charlotte, N.C. and Greenville, S.C. markets. Four major highways and interstates flow through the region, and nearby international airport, rail and ports offer a nexus of transportation and distribution options.

With industry tax incentives and sector-specific workforce development programs, Cleveland County puts automotive companies in the driver’s seat.

Quick Facts


Automotive Companies

North Carolina

Automotive Industry Growth

North Carolina | 2011-2015

Corporate Income Tax Rate
(The lowest of 44 states with the levy)

Notable Employers

KSM Castings KSM Castings
Eaton Eaton
Cleveland Yutaka Cleveland Yutaka
Kendrion Kendrion
Commercial Vehicle Group Commercial Vehicle Group

All Cleveland County Manufacturing Employment Data


Number of Establishments


Total Employment


Average Annual Earnings

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