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Even in the 19th century, Burke County was known as a key manufacturing center in a state that was known far and wide for its industry, chiefly in textiles and furniture. Its temperate climate and closeness to large southeastern markets added to its attractiveness as a manufacturing base. Today the county is home to a number of producers: Leviton Manufacturing, Molded Fiber Glass of N.C., America Roller Bearing, James Tool Company, Gerresheimer Glass Packaging, SAFT America, Packaging Corporation of America, Shenandoah Furniture, Ice River Springs Water Company, Cherokee Manufacturing, Caterpillar, Inc., Continental Teves, Viscotec Automotive Products LLC, Toner Machining and Technologies, Inc., and SGL Carbon Group, to name a few.

Thanks to its resilience, Burke County industry is continuing to prosper. Local governments work closely with new and existing business to see that every need is met. A new 83-acre industrial park, located adjacent to Interstate 40, is ready to accept new tenants. Very reasonable utility costs, reliable service, a trained and qualified workforce, and quick access to major highways make Burke County an ideal location for all types of industries. Western Piedmont Community College works closely with industry and state institutions to help insure the best-trained workforce available.

You will enjoy doing business in Burke, where “Buy in Burke” is our motto. Many of the businesses here are still family- operated and they take pride in the work ethic by providing quality products and service.

Whatever your transportation needs may be, Burke County can meet those requirements. From shipping manufactured goods out of the state to cycling scenic Highway 181 up into the Blue Ridge, Burke County has the roads to get you there. A major interstate, I-40, connects Asheville to the west and Hickory to the east, as well as both coasts, as it crosses Burke County. Three other major interstate highways, I-85, I-77 and I-26, are less than an hour’s drive from Burke County. Other highways lead to urban centers such as Charlotte or to nature preserves such as the Pisgah National Forest and the South Mountains State Park. Our touring section describes only a few of the many possible exciting and informative excursions waiting to be made.

Burke County Transit Administration, Inc.
This highly flexible public transit system offers curb-to-curb transportation around town and outside it. Working on an advance reservation basis, a fleet of 15 passenger vans and small buses, as well as vehicles equipped with lifts, respond to calls for rides to employment, medical care and grocery shopping.

Burke County lies within easy access of various local, regional, national and international airports. Foothills Regional Airport, with its 5,500-foot runway, serves most kinds of aircraft, up to and including medium-sized corporate jets. The airport, located on the Burke-Caldwell County line, offers FAA-certified flight training, as well as sightseeing flight tours. The Speedbird Aviation Company services aircraft and offers flight tours from a newly renovated facility.

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