State trade fact sheets - North Carolina
- Canada is North Carolina’s #1 customer
- 539,000 Canadian travelers spent $118 million in North Carolina in 2017
- 242 Canadian-owned businesses employ 26,951 workers in North Carolina
- Canada is North Carolina’s #1 export market
- Canada sells more to North Carolina than it sells to the Netherlands
Gildan Brings New Jobs to North Carolina
Gildan Yarns, the yarn spinning division of Gildan, a leading apparel manufacturer headquartered in Montreal, Canada, recently purchased a yarn-spinning facility in Eden, North Carolina. The company plans to invest $4.7 million to revamp and upgrade the site, adding 85 new jobs in the region. This location will be the company's fifth yarn spinning mill in North Carolina, and its seventh in the U.S. Eden, which is in Rockingham County, is also home to Gildan's first large-scale distribution center. Although wages at the Eden mill will vary depending on the position, the average for all new positions will exceed the current average annual wage salary in Rockingham County of $34,716.
Cascades Upgrades in Wagram
Canada's Cascades Holdings U.S. is undertaking a significant expansion of its Wagram operation. A leader in the recovery and manufacturing of green packaging and tissue products, the company will invest $58 million and add 66 jobs. A variety of positions will be added including production operators, maintenance and logistics personnel with total payroll impact for the new jobs expected to top $3.1 million annually.
"International manufacturers like Cascades are thriving in North Carolina," said Governor Roy Cooper. "These new jobs are an extra welcome boost for an area working to recover from Hurricane Florence." The company's three mills in the state — two paper mills and one moulded pulp mill — employ 296 people.
AirBoss Expands in North Carolina
Canadian manufacturer AirBoss of America Corp. has selected Scotland Neck, North Carolina for an expansion of its current facility, adding 42 new jobs and investing $5.2 million in the project. AirBoss, which was founded in 1989 and has been in business in Scotland Neck since 2004, will install a new mixer line with auxiliary systems to double the facility's current rubber mixing capacity. AirBoss develops, manufactures and markets high-quality, proprietary rubber-based products to various industries, including automotive, heavy industry, construction and infrastructure, oil and gas, and defense. The company is headquartered in Newmarket, Ontario.
North Carolina exports $6.6 billion in goods to Canada annually
North Carolina exports to Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 4%
- Apparel & textiles: 6%
- Chemicals: 17%
- Equipment & machinery: 44%
- Forest products: 3%
- Minerals & metals: 5%
- Plastics & rubbers: 6%
- Transportation: 11%
- Other: 4%
North Carolina imports $3.4 billion in goods from Canada annually
North Carolina imports from Canada by industry
- Agriculture: 10%
- Apparel & textiles: 4%
- Chemicals: 18%
- Equipment & machinery: 18%
- Forest products: 13%
- Minerals & metals: 8%
- Plastics & rubbers: 14%
- Transportation: 5%
- Other: 10%
Top North Carolina goods exports to Canada
- Pharmaceutical products: $646 million
- Engines & turbines: $361 million
- Plastics & plastic articles: $313 million
- Motor vehicle parts: $295 million
- Optical, medical & precision instruments: $217 million
- Computers: $154 million
- Tractors: $144 million
- Fertilizers: $136 million
- Paper & paperboard: $134 million
- Compressors & pumps: $124 million
Top North Carolina goods imports from Canada
- Plastics & plastic articles: $420 million
- Organic chemicals: $235 million
- Pharmaceutical products: $209 million
- Softwood lumber: $189 million
- Paper & paperboard: $161 million
- Furniture & bedding: $119 million
- Wood & semi-finished wood products: $73 million
- Inorganic chemicals: $68 million
- Engines & turbines: $65 million
- Iron & steel tubes, pipes & sheets: $64 million
North Carolina exports $1.4 billion in services to Canada annually
Top North Carolina services exports to Canada
- Travel services: $411 million
- Royalties: $253 million
- Financial services: $250 million
- Business & professional services: $250 million
- Tech services: $101 million
For more information on North Carolina’s trade with Canada, please contact our trade team in Atlanta.
- Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2019 data in U.S. dollars.
- U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2020 release).
- The Trade Partnership: 2018 services exports (estimated, 2/2020 release).
- Statistics Canada: 2017 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2019 release, US$1.00=C$1.2986).
- Dun + Bradstreet: Canadian-owned businesses (12/2019 release).
- Figures may not add up due to rounding.
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