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History of Gaston County EDC

Time Line

1979-1980 - Freightliner opens truck assembly plant and Gastonia Parts Manufacturing Plant

1981 - Stanley Industrial Park started

1982 - Sunbeam Industrial Park opens in Cherryville and Keystone Carbon locates.

1984 - Stabilus announces new facility in Gastonia

1985 - US Leisure opens in Stanley

1989 - Queens Group builds facility in Stanley

1992 - Kiser-Harriss builds new warehouse at the new Oaks Commerce Center in Belmont Oaks Commerce Center Initiated

1994 - Sara Lee Intimates opens new warehouse in Kings Mountain

1997 - Thermoform (Wilbert Plastics) builds new production facility in the Oaks Commerce Center


  • Faist opens in Gastonia
  • IDG builds new corporate headquarters and warehouse at the Oaks Commerce Center
  • Buckeye Technologies purchases United Paper Mills and expands the facility in Stanley
  • Development of SouthRidge Business Park begins
  • Advanced Drainage Systems builds a new facility at SouthRidge Business Park
  • Development of Delta Business Park
  • Development of the Gastonia Technology Park begins

2001 - DSM Desotech, Inc. purchases former Queens Group building and opens a plant in Stanley

2004 - Hunter Douglas buys the former Quality Metal Products Building and expands at the SouthRidge Business Park


  • Dole Fresh Vegetables builds a new facility for bagged salad production at the SouthRidge Business Park
  • National Gypsum Corporation opens a new wallboard production facility in Mount Holly
  • Pharr Yarns builds a new extrusion plant in McAdenville


  • Parker Hannifin moves their headquarters to Kings Mountain and expands their production facility
  • DSM Dyneema joins the Desotech group in Stanley with a new testing facility

2009 - Wilbert Plastics moves their headquarters from Chicago to Belmont


  • LANXESS Corporation builds a new Polyimide Compound Resin Facility at the Gastonia Technology Park
  • REPI builds a colorant manufacturing facility at the Gastonia Technology Park
  • FMC announces a $50 million expansion of their lithium production facility in Bessemer City
  • CTL Packaging USA constructs a state-of-the-art consumer products manufacturing facility in the Gastonia Technolog


  • Dixon Quick Coupling begins construction on a manufacturing facility in the Gastonia Technology Park
  • Nussbaum announces the purchase of 56,565 sf facility in Delta Business Park for HQ/Production


  • Owens Corning announces $120 million facility in the GTP, employing 110