Western North Carolina The Aviation & Aerospace Business Destination

Henderson County Overview
Population Asheville MSA: 408,436 525,833 within 30 miles 1990-2000 +27.9% 2000-2010 +19.7% Workforce Asheville MSA: 205,323 17% of Workforce in Manufacturing Compared to 9% US average $270+ million annual payroll You’re in Good Company Unison Engine Components GE Lighting Solutions Kearfott Guidance & Navigation Higher Source Aviation BorgWarner Thermal Systems

Business Climate
Taxes One of the lowest tax rates in NC ($0.462 per $100) Low Workers Compensation & Unemployment Insurance Rates
Labor Trends No Unionized Manufacturing Labor Local Assistance Aggressive incentive policy allows payments of 120% ad valorem for projects with 150+ jobs State Assistance Investment & Job Creation Tax Credits Job Development Investment Grant One North Carolina Fund Customized Workforce Training Infrastructure Funds & Grants Building Reuse Program

Access & Logistics
By Land Quick Access to I-26 and I-40, connecting I-77, I-85 & I-81. 70% of US & Canadian industrial base is within a two-day trucking distance. By Air Asheville Regional Airport (AVL), Greenville-Spartanburg (GSP) 45 min., and Charlotte International (CLT) 1.5 hour. By Sea The Port of Charleston, SC is 254 miles away on I-26.

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL)
2010 Traffic Report Operations 67,340 Total Passengers 735,760 Major Uses: Commercial Aviation Corporate Aviation General Aviation Military Runway: 16-34, 8,001’ X 150’ Access: 20 minutes to downtown Asheville & downtown Hendersonville 4-lane divided Hwy 280 less than a mile to Interstate 26, serving I-40, I-85, I-77 & I-81 Direct Commercial Service to: Atlanta, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Ft. Walton Beach, Houston, Laguardia, Newark, Orlando, Philadelphia & Tampa

6 Commercial Air Carriers: AirTran, American, Continental, Delta, US Airways & Vision

Ferncliff Industrial Park
262.45 acres adjacent to AVL NC Commerce Certified Site (2009)

Completed Duke Energy Site Readiness Program
Completed Due Diligence Phase I Environmental Survey Assessment Aerial Photography & Topography Master Site Planning Grading Plan Preliminary Wetlands Assessment Geotechnical Soil Borings Water & Sewer Extension Design Engineering Archaeological & Historic Structures Review Threatened & Endangered Species Survey

Ferncliff Industrial Park
Site Options 12 parcels ranging from 3.22 to 150+ acres 40.83 acres of common space Electric: Duke Energy 12.5 kv & 115 kv available within 5,500 ft. Natural Gas: PSNC Energy 4” high pressure steel main @ 150 PSIG 6”plastic main @ 60 PSIG Wastewater: MSD 30” line engineered to site 40 mgd treatment facility, using average of 20 mgd and peak at 23 mgd Water: City of Asheville 24” line engineered to site

Productive Workforce
"Henderson County's strategic southeastern US location provides our facility with direct interstate access to our customer base. Access to the four points of the compass is critical in allowing us to get our product to where it needs to go, when it needs to get there." Bobby Nelon, Plant Manager at Continental Teves

North Carolina is a right-to-work state, the least unionized state in the nation. Henderson County has no unionized manufacturing labor. 17% of Henderson County’s workforce is engaged in manufacturing, compared to 11% statewide and 9% nationwide. Blue Ridge Community College provides students and employees access to JobLink, which links skilled employees to business and industry. North Carolina is ranked #1 for manufacturing productivity among the top ten industrial states. Stable and balanced workforce growth – averaging 2% per year over the last 20 years. US Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that NC ranks 41st in average hourly manufacturing wages.

Contact Information
Andrew Tate President & CEO Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development (828) 692-6373 Office (828) 692-6658 Fax (828) 808-2817 Mobile www.strategiclocation.com andrew@hcped.org

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