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Catch a glimpse of Owens Corning’s new facility

New plant to help Owens Corning meet demand for bio-based products! Owens Corning, a leading global producer of glass fiber … Read More

Maistro Investments LLC to construct speculative industrial building in GTP

The Gaston County Economic Development Commission is pleased to announce that Maistro Investments LLC has purchased 13.42 acres in the … Read More

Students to meet the new face of manufacturing

Manufacturers are looking to attract a new crop of young workers to fill 21st-century jobs — many of which require … Read More

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