North Carolina, one of the only Southeast U.S. states that doesn’t have an auto assembly plant, now has plans to go after one.
The state has prioritized the development of certified auto plant-ready megasites around the state to give potential carmakers a leg-up on launching their next production facility.
Four megasites have now been designated:
The Kingsboro CSX Select Site, 1,449 acres 10 minutes east of Interstate 95 and one hour west of Raleigh;
the Chatham-Siler City Advanced Manufacturing Site, a construction-ready plot of 1,800 acres in Chatham County in the center of the state;
Moncure Megasite, 2,700 acres on southern end of Chatham County, 20 minutes from Raleigh-Durham International Airport; and
Greensboro/Randolph Megasite, comprising 1,500 acres southeast of Greensboro.
“You can’t just put a huge automotive plant anywhere, no matter how good the workforce and location is in a particular community,” says Christopher Chung, CEO of the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina.
All four have convenient access to interstates and rail, and have undergone environmental audits, geo-technical studies, have water and sewer lines, offer low-carbon power and provide high-speed fiber optics connectivity.