Manufacturing | Advanced Manufacturing | Machined Products Manufacturing

Manufacturing companies find the utmost success locating in Cherokee County for many reasons including:

  • No unionized facilities
  • A quality skilled labor force that is loyal and hard-working
  • Close proximity to markets – within a single day’s drive to 60% of the U.S. population and within a half-day’s drive to all of the auto industry manufacturers and OEMs in the Southeastern U.S.
  • Low-cost of doing business
  • Wage and benefit costs that are competitive for skilled labor and lower than metropolitan areas
  • Workforce training programs that are customized to meet or exceed the needs of new or existing industry
  • Incentive programs at the state and local level to help your company succeed
  • Buildings and sites that are affordable and ready-to-go for your business
  • Leadership that truly is pro-business and a partner long-term with our business and industry

Proven Manufacturing Success
Cherokee County has several major manufacturing employers. The County alone has just under 900 residents employed in manufacturing with an average weekly wage rate of $633. Some of the major manufacturing employers in the County include:

MOOG Components operates a highly successful manufacturing operation in Cherokee County that employs over 375 workers. Moog Components Group provides innovative design and manufacturing capabilities in motion, electronics and fiber optics. Both standard and custom product solutions are applied in industrial, commercial, medical, marine, aerospace and defense applications.

Snap-On Tools employs just under 300 area residents at its manufacturing facility in Cherokee County.   Snap-On is the industry leader in hand tools, power tools, tool storage, diagnostic tools and shop tech tools.

Industrial Opportunities, Inc. (IOI) is a market leader in the manufacture of First Responder products.   The company is a non-profit organization employing many individuals in the region with disabilities or special needs. The company employs more than 220.

MGM Brakes, located in Murphy, NC, employs more than 85 workers at its brake manufacturing facility. For almost 60 years, MGM Brakes has been in the forefront of commercial vehicle actuator technology, providing service chambers and spring parking brakes engineered to operate in the harshest environments.

AEGIS Power Systems has been designing and building reliable and efficient custom power supplies since 1995. They offer a complete line of switch mode power supplies and power converters for our customers. AEGIS manufactures standard power supplies, custom power supplies, and special application power supplies for use in a variety of applications in many markets including military power supply applications.

TEAM Industries has been Driving Innovation® in machining, manufacturing and assembly of components and complex driveline solutions for nearly half a century. With world-class facilities and state-of-the art equipment provide the optimal environment for TEAM’s greatest asset – its people. It’s TEAM’s dynamic workforce – from innovative engineers to highly-skilled CNC operators; from dedicated sourcing specialists to meticulous quality experts; from exceptional assembly teams to knowledgeable sales professionals – who drive TEAM’s success and that of their customers.

The automotive assembly and OEMs of the Southeastern U.S. are all located within a half-day drive of Cherokee County – making the County a prime location for those businesses serving the automotive industry. Automotive supplier and parts manufacturing is a sub-set target industry of the County as we believe we are ideally located for additional automotive manufacturing facilities.

Labor Force & Employment

The total labor pool for companies locating in Cherokee County is over 37,000 and stretches over a 7-county area in 3 states (North Carolina, Georgia, and Tennessee).


Using the area’s transportation infrastructure, shipping and transporting products is seamless and easy. Companies located in Cherokee County are within a single day’s drive to 60% of the U.S. population. The County’s major highway arteries – US 129, US 64 are within 2 hours of several major interstates including I-40, I-85, I-75, and I-26. The seaports of Charleston and Savannah are less than a 6-hour drive from Cherokee County.

Companies in Cherokee County are within 2 hours of Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport which offers hundreds of domestic and international flights daily. The County also operates Western Carolina Regional Airport which has a 5,500-foot runway that can accommodate most corporate aircraft.

Workforce & Training

A skilled, educated, and diverse workforce is available to new and existing companies in Cherokee County.   Tri-County Community College works closely with local business and industry to provide customized workforce training programs to meet and exceed needs for quality employees. In addition, Tri-County Community College partners with the Cherokee County Schools to develop a quality workforce beginning in the middle- and high-school years of the County’s youth.

Cost of Doing Business & Incentives

Cherokee County’s low cost of doing business makes financial sense for manufacturing companies locating or expanding in the area, with one of the lowest property taxes in the region, no inventory tax, and low utility costs for electric, water & sewer, and telecommunication service.

A range of various local, state, and federal incentives, grants, and tax credits are available to qualifying companies who meet certain requirements. For more information about incentives please contact our office and we can provide a detailed incentive summary for your particular project.

Cherokee County North Carolina Economic Development Corporation