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Andy Hagy
Nash County Economic Development Director


Nash County Economic Development continues to create an environment for businesses to thrive and grow in 2023.

Everywhere you look Nash County is moving forward. 2022 accomplishments highlight what have been achieved and charts the course for the future. 2023 enters with momentum, thanks to strong prospect activity and a solid inventory of both private and public industrial space totaling 1.1 million square feet. New industrial space will offer opportunities for new and expanding businesses to grow, add jobs, make investments and add to their bottom-line business growth.  

“We appreciate all of our partners and allies as we continue to work together in building economic prosperity and an outstanding quality of life for Nash County”, said Andy Hagy, Nash County Economic Development Director.

The Nash County Department of Economic Development enters into its fourth year, since the county Board of Commissioners established the program, with an increase in jobs and economic activity thanks to existing business expansions and new businesses locating to the county. National site consultants and state economic development officials continue to highlight the county’s success, thanks to the department’s aggressive and creative approach to attracting new businesses to its strategic location between the Research Triangle and I-95.

Crump Naturals’, a Canadian company and manufacturer of all-natural pet treats, who identified Nash County for its first U.S. manufacturing location is now operational in its 190,000 square foot facility in Nashville and filling 160 new job openings.

SinnovaTek, a Raleigh-based leading developer and integrator of advanced food processing equipment and technology, opened its FirstWave operations in a 62,500 square foot shell building located in the 378-acre Middlesex Corporate Centre and the company is now hiring to fill 75 new job positions.

“SinnovaTek and Crump Naturals’ confirm Nash County’s excellent strategic location for national and international food processing companies”, said Hagy.

2022 highlights include:

  • 333 new jobs announced with a total new investment of over $55 million. One announced job supports 1.1 additional jobs in the county.
  • County is in the process of developing three industrial shell buildings totaling $13 million in capital investment and 202,500 square feet. The buildings will be located in the 378-acre Middlesex Corporate Centre, 142-acre I-95 NC 97 Industrial Site and Nashville Business Center.
  • Residential growth totaling $99 million investment and 436 new single-family homes.
  • Nash County was awarded $3.1 million in economic development grants, including $1,681,230 from the NC Commerce Industrial Development Fund for Phase 2 of the Middlesex Corporate Centre road and sewer improvements and a $500,000 Golden Leaf grant for MCC sewer extension. The county was also awarded a $1,000,000 State Capital Infrastructure Fund grant for the construction of a 100,000-sqft shell building at the I-95 NC 97 industrial site.
  • Project pipeline of 88 active projects generated through direct business leads to the county, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, national site consultants and commercial real estate brokers. The projects span across many industry sectors with the potential 38,993 new jobs and $19.8 billion of capital investment to Nash County.
  • Established the Nash County Economic Development Alliance, a countywide partnership, committed to the overall economic growth of Nash County and its towns.
  • Nash County Economic Development Team’s aggressive digital marketing campaign and partnership with local, regional partners and WRAL Digital Solutions continues to reach over 100,000 unique page-views with interested individuals, businesses and site consultants online.
  • In 2023, the Nash team will collaborate with WRAL Digital Solutions to launch a new “Work in Nash” workforce recruitment platform. “Work in Nash” will help county businesses address one of their No.1 challenges – attracting and retaining a good workforce. The digital campaign will connect workforce development, educational and training partners with area employers.

“As we head into 2023, Nash County will continue to achieve successful results because of our diverse and vibrant economy and a community of business and elected leaders that work together to achieve great things”, said Hagy.