The Charlotte region has a deep rooted history in manufacturing originating from Textile and Furniture Manufacturing and the area’s skilled labor force throughout Gaston, Mecklenburg, Union, York, and CabarrusCounties. While Textile and Furniture Manufacturing has declined in recent decades, modern manufacturing is prevalent in the area and in many cases sources the skilled labor pools the Textile Industry left behind. These communities offer a three generational work ethic that’s highly sought after.


The 16 County area surrounding Charlotte is the largest manufacturing region in North Carolin,a home to 10,000 manufacturing firms and an impressive 435,000 employees. North Carolina ranks as one of the lowest states in terms of union membership around 2.9% compared to a national average of $11.35 and manufacturing wages in the Charlotte MSA average close to $16.01 compared to the national average of $16.45.  Our region’s skilled labor force and low cost of living continues to attract Fortune 500 Companies and entrepreneurial start ups alike.

More information on the manufacturing industry in the area by the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce:

As a commercial real estate firm Whiteside Industrial Properties has assisted manufacturing clients in every realm of the real estate industry from Build To Suit projects, Facility Acquisition, Leasing, Expansions, Dispositions, to Sale Lease Back opportunities. Our firm gets to know each manufacturing client and the unique characteristics of their business to ensure site selection and facility evaluations are tailored to their industry. Some key characteristics to keep in mind when considering a manufacturing facility are below:

Zoning: Heavy Industrial zoning is usually required for manufacturing operations but lighter manufacturing and assembly clients may be able to operate in lighter industrial zonings such as BD or I-1(CD)
Power: Evaluating the electrical capacity of an existing facility is crucial to estimating potential start up costs, including UL machinery
Bus Duct: Long runs of existing bus duct can minimize power costs
Building Dimensions: Manufacturers generally prefer facilities that are more square than rectangular to optimize production flow charts from receiving raw materials, production, to shipping the finished product
Slab Thickness: Typically most manufacturers look for 5”-6”reinforced concrete slabs to withstand heavy loads. We also have buildings in our inventory that are 10” and 12” thick.
Clear Height: While distribution and warehousing operations should take advantage of tall clear heights to increase a building’s volume; the production areas generally need lower ceilings for task lighting, energy efficiency and to minimize power runs.
Restrooms: Production restrooms in place with ADA features will keep your company in compliance
Employee Parking: When committing to a manufacturing building long term; employee parking is always a top consideration because it is usually an amenity that can be costly and difficult to provide due to land restrictions
Public Transit: Making sure your operation is in close proximity not only to major interstates but public transportation including bus routes and light rail stations softens relocation headaches for employees
Safety: The safety of employees in addition to security for building systems and contents is an important characteristic to consider. Certain locations are targeted by crime more than others for various reasons from neighborhoods to accessibility.