Rocky Mount Economic Growth: Industries Showing Interest in Our City


This year has been a huge step forward for Rocky Mount’s economic growth. We all know that Rocky Mount is a special place. Businesses and industries are starting to take notice. 

Major industries and companies are turning their eyes to the Twin Counties to invest in the area by building new plants and production facilities. Three of these are Triangle Tire, Corning and CSX.

Triangle Tire

One of the exciting aspects of Rocky Mount’s future growth is that Triangle Tire is in the process of building a plant in Edgecombe County with plans to begin production in 2020, according to information from the Rocky Mount Telegram.

The project will be conducted in two phases. The first phase will represent an investment of $580 million. It will be located at the Kingsboro megasite, a roughly 1,449-acre area that was designed to entice manufacturers to come to the region, according to the News and Observer.

In phase one, tires will be produced for cars and trucks. In the second phase, tires will be created for large, non-farming trucks and machines. 

The plant will bring an estimated 800 jobs to the area. Triangle Tire is a part of Triangle Tyre Company, which is based in China.

The Rocky Mount/Edgecombe County location represents its first manufacturing plant in the United States. This global company manufactures more than 25 million tires every year that are sold in more than 180 countries. 


Corning is working on a major distribution center located in the Hartsease community near Alternate U.S. 64. This is near the Kingsboro megasite which will be home to Triangle Tire.

It represents an investment of roughly $86 million and could lead to around 111 new jobs for the area, according to the Rocky Mount Telegram

The center will distribute durable glass pharmaceutical files. The warehouse is scheduled to open in 2020. 

With a 168-year history, Corning is a major innovator in material science, although it is primarily known for its work with glass. According to the company’s website, the business’s markets include:

  • Optical communications
  • Mobile consumer electronics
  • Display technology
  • Automotive 
  • Life sciences vessels
  • Damage-resistant cover glass
  • Wireless technologies
  • Clean air technologies


The railroads have always been a part of Rocky Mount’s economic story. The CSX development will continue that tradition when it opens the Carolina Connector, which will employ around 25 to 30 people, according to the News and Observer

There’s more good news: There’s a possibility that, if needed, the companies that use the hub could also support another 1,300 jobs.

It also represents a substantial investment. According to the Rocky Mount Telegram, the N.C. transportation department is going to spend an estimated $118 million. CSX is scheduled to contribute around $40 million. 

CSX is one of the leading transportation suppliers in the nation with a network of 21,000 miles of track in 23 states, Ontario and Quebec. Two-thirds of Americans live in the service territory of CSX, according to the company’s website. 

What Does the Future Hold for Rocky Mount?

Rocky Mount has been a part of a transition that has affected all of North Carolina.

Thirty years ago, tobacco, furniture and textiles represented a large part of the local economy. While these are still major players, the global economy is diversifying more, opening the door for software and information technology along with locally advanced industries and sophisticated manufacturing.

The Rocky Mount area is in the unique position where it is continually embracing the traditions of the past – it’s one of the top nationwide producers of sweet potatoes, poultry, cotton and hogs—and looking toward the future of business and industry.

The Carolinas Gateway Partnership

The Carolinas Gateway Partnership is one of the organizations that is responsible for helping lure new businesses and industries to Rocky Mount.

This public-private recruitment agency represents a collaborative effort of 18 cities, towns and municipalities across two counties, according to the organization’s website.

The partnership, working in conjunction with other officials and organizations, helped bring these industries to the Rocky Mount area. 

Looking Ahead

Of course, this is just the beginning. Forward motion is a hint at the things to come as more and more industries look toward Eastern North Carolina, and specifically the Twin Counties and Rocky Mount, for their future growth.

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