Wilson County is home to a diverse manufacturing base represented by over 90 companies. Our leading industries are made up of pharmaceuticals, automotive parts, aerospace, packaging and food preparation.

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 15th largest financial holding company in the USA. And where is BB&T's information technology division located? Wilson, North Carolina.

Major Manufacturing Employers

Company Product Total Employees
Bridgestone Americas, Inc Tires 2100
UTC Aerospace Systems Aerospace fire protection equipment 750
Alliance One Tobacco Processing 120 Full-time/500 Seasonal
Smithfield Foods Pork Products 649
SPC Mechanical Mechanical Contracting 333
Ardagh Glass Containers 390
Novartis Generic Prescription Drugs 462 Full-time/15 Part-time
Merck Manufacturing Division Prescription Pharmaceuticals 450
Fresenius Kabi Medical Products 345
Tobacco Rag Processors, Inc Tobacco Processing 106
Linamar Corporation Bearing Components 212
Watson Electric Electrical Construction 200
Purdue Pharmaceuticals, L. P. Pharmaceuticals 205
Sonoco Plastic Packaging 152
3C Store Fixtures Custom Store Fixtures, Displays, Showcases 115
Absolute Plastics, LLC Plastic packaging for Food Service Industry 143
White's Tire Service of Wilson, Inc Manufacture Retread Tires 80

Largest Non-Manufacturing Employers

Company Product Total Employees
BB&T Financial Services 2200
Wilson Medical Center Healthcare 900
Wilson County Schools Education 1000+
City of Wilson Public Administration 715 Full-time/323 Part-time
County of Wilson Public Administration 986
NC Department of Health & Human Services Public Administration 917
Wilson Community College Education 336
NC Department of Transportation Public Administration 250-499
Barton College Education 197 Full-time/91 Part-time
Waste Industries Waste Collection and Removal 200

Research & Development Facilities

Company R & D Employees Total Employees
Microbac Laboratories, Inc 1 55
Eurofins-Craft Technologies 3 16
Merck Manufacturing 1 360
Purdue Pharmaceutical, L.P. 1 205

Expansions and New Facilities

FY 2016-2017 Product Investment Jobs
Peak Demand Utility Products Electrical Compnents $1,500,000 37
United Tobacco Company, LLC Tobacco Products $5,000,000 10
Bridgestone Americas, Inc Automotive $180,000,000 16
Total $186,500,000 63
 
FY 2017-2018      
Fresenius Kabi Medical Products $150,000,000 445
Linamar Corporation Bearings Manufacturer $6,800,000 31
Wind River Tobacco Co. Tobacco Processing $18,500,000 53
Neopac US, Inc Pharmaceutical Packaging $30,800,000 44
Total $206,100,000 533
       
FY 2018-2019      
Criticality CBD Oil $17,300,000 88
Gess International Renewable Engery Source $33,000,000 15
Pamlico Air Air Filters $10,000,000 305
Ardagh Group Glass Containers $53,800,000 280
Total   $114,100,000 688
       
FY 2019-2020      
Merck Pharmaceuticals $30,000,000 34
Merck Pharmaceuticals $57,000,000 55
Handcraft Industrial Laundry $18,000,000 125
Refresco Beverage Manufacturer $16,500,000 42
Avient Biosciences, Inc Hemp Oil Extraction $20,000,000 42
Total $141,500,000 298

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