Foreign direct investment (FDI) is generally considered a driving factor to economic growth. Gaston County Economic Development Commission continues to be successful in the recruitment of companies from all over the globe. Gaston County has emerged as a location of choice for international advanced manufacturing facilities and was recognized as one of the top small and medium sized markets in the 15-state southern region of the United States for international business recruitment in 2019 by Southern Business & Development.
A few of the industry sectors represented by FDI in Gaston County include plastics, chemical and metalworking firms. Turkey, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and Australia are just a few examples of the home countries from which these companies originate.
International firms in Gaston have invested over $400 million along with the creation of over 1,000 new jobs during the past several years that consistently have higher average annual wages than the county's average. In addition to advanced manufacturing operations, about half of the twenty-five firms have engineering and headquarters operations located at their Gaston County facilities.
Below are some international companies you will find in Gaston County: