A Modern Industry Stitched in Tradition

International textiles manufacturers are one of the long-lasting threads woven into the fabric of business in Cleveland County. In fact, COATS, which produces high performance yarns, dates back in the county to the American Revolutionary War.

From geosynthetics to fabrics for healthcare providers, companies including China’s Uniquetex, Germany’s Huesker and homegrown STI leverage a workforce comprised of graduates from more than 25 nearby colleges and skilled talent with decades of frontline experience. Plus, whether companies are distributing across the state or across the globe, they can rely on a superbly connected transportation system that can reach most of the United States in less than a day.

Establishing or growing operations in Cleveland County is seamless thanks to a pro-business environment, incentives and leaders focused on economic growth.

In 2016, Uniquetex, a venture between two of China’s largest textiles and tech companies, announced its first U.S. project with a $31.6 million production facility and 150 new jobs. The effort was made possible in part by an $800,000 performance-based grant from the One NC Fund.

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Notable Employers

Uniquetex Uniquetex
Huesker Huesker

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