Transportation accessibility is the #1 factor in industrial site selection.
Centrally located between New York and Florida, Nash County is bisected by Interstate 95 and US 64 (Future I-87). US 264 is located along
the county’s southern border and provides convenient access to the Research Triangle
Region. The strong transportation network allows an easy 45-minute commute to the
Raleigh-Durham metropolitan region and 7 surrounding counties.
Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU) is located within
an hour’s drive from most portions of Nash County. Providing travelers with
many non-stop destination options, RDU handles more than 14 million passengers
and 200 million pounds of cargo. RDU is served by 10 passenger airlines and 2
dedicated air cargo airlines. The Rocky Mount-Wilson Regional Airport is located
in Nash County and features a 7,100-foot runway for personal and business
CSX Transportation and Carolina Coastal Railway offer business rail service throughout the county. Amtrak passenger service is available in Historic Downtown Rocky Mount. The new CSX Carolina Connector Intermodal facility in Rocky Mount offers Nash County businesses a competitive advantage for logistics and distribution.
Worldwide goods are shipped to and from Nash
County through three major seaports: Wilmington, Morehead City, and Norfolk. All three ports are located within a 2-hour drive and provide full service deepwater port and marine terminal services, including container, bulk, and
Foreign Trade Zone
Nash County is served by Foreign Trade Zone #214 located in Southeastern North Carolina (SENC), offering individuals and businesses the opportunity to import foreign goods into a duty-free zone.
Out of multiple sites in seven states we decided on Nash County for our new U.S plant site location, because of the strategic location, along I-95, and right in the center of the East Coast corridor. A majority of our targeted customers and consumers are located on the East Coast, based on a Logistics Study that was done by an external consulting company. Other important factors that were favorable was the good climate, the availability of a competent and non-union work force, attractive incentives, lower operating costs, the proximity of most of our raw material suppliers, a pro-business environment, and a business park with a professional appearance/infrastructure/accessibility. We absolutely do not regret our decision and we are planning to expand our business operation in Nash County, NC in the near future.
– Frans Castelein, President of Poppies International, Inc.