Industry Facts

Wilson County has a diversified economy. Over 1,830 private businesses are located in Wilson County. Leading industry sectors by employment are:

  • Manufacturing
  • Retail Trade
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Accommodation and Food Services
  • Public Administration

Wilson County is proud of its diverse manufacturing base represented by over 90 companies. Our leading industries are made up of pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, aerospace, packaging and food preparation. The leading non-manufacturing employer is BB&T, ranked as the 11th largest financial holding company in the USA. And where is BB&T's information technology division located – Wilson, North Carolina. 

Leading Manufacturers and their primary activity in Wilson, North Carolina

  1. Bridgestone/Firestone  – Tires
  2. Alliance One Tobacco USA  – Tobacco Processing
  3. Merck  – Prescription Pharmaceuticals
  4. Saint Gobain  – Glass Containers
  5. Kidde Aerospace – Aerospace Fire Protection Equipment
  6. Bruce Foods -  Canned Vegtables
  7. Voith Fabrics -  Papermaker's Press Fabrics
  8. Carolina Forge Company -  Bearing Components
  9. Nexans  -  High Performance Wire & Cable
  10. Sandoz – Pharmaceutical
  11. Parker Techseal Corporation -  Mechanical Rubber Goods
  12. BD – Pharmaceutical & Medical Device
  13. White's Tire Service -  Rubber & Retread tires
  14. Moore-Wallce Inc. -  Pressure Sensitive Labels/Printing
  15. Purdue Pharmaceuticals, L.P. -  Pharmaceuticals
  16. Carolina Cabinet Company – Custom Store Fixtures