Centrally Located and Easily Accessed

The Southern base of the Research Triangle Region offers access to world-class expertise, an exceptional transportation network, and a vital and diversified industrial base that makes everyone more successful – all with a high quality of life.

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Lee County Data

Lee County's estimated population in 2021 was 60,125.
Lee County's estimated median age in 2021 was 39.
The average commute for workers is 25.5 minutes.
63.6% of residents also work in Lee County.
The estimated median family income in 2021 was $58,313.
The property tax rate per $100 value is 77 cents.
Source: Census (2010, ACS 2014-18).

Company Spotlight

Caterpillar

Caterpillar has called Lee County home since 1998 and employs over 1,500 people. The Sanford facility is the only location in the world to produce select models of skid-steer loaders and has produced more than 275,000 machines since opening.

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Caterpillar partnered with the Central Community College to establish the Caterpillar Clayton Apprenticeship Program, designed to continue developing a talent pipeline of skilled employees. This highly competitive program provides high school students the opportunity to take classes while also working as a part-time Caterpillar employee, developing skills for a career immediately after graduation.

“We are proud of the products we design, test and manufacture in the Research Triangle Region,” said Tony Fassino, Caterpillar Building Construction Products Division Vice President. “The area’s talented and dedicated workforce is an incredible asset to a company like Caterpillar.”

Tony Fassino, Caterpillar Building Construction Products Division Vice President.

Team members posing for a photograph at Caterpillar's Sanford Facility.

Did You Know?

The world supply of OPI nail polish is created in Lee County? Coty, a global leader in beauty products, runs its manufacturing operation in Lee County and employs over 1,100 people.

Bottles of pink and red nail polish pouring out surrounding the letters O P I.

Infrastructure and Accessibility

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Being located near world-renowned universities such as The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Duke University, and N.C. State University helps businesses attract top talent. The richly skilled workforce is due in part to broad opportunities for industrial training and education offered by Central Carolina Community College, one of the state’s largest and best two-year colleges.

Learn more about the talent in the Research Triangle Region

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Aerial view of Interstate 95 and US Highway 64 interchange.

Several major highways intersect Sanford, providing companies with access to all major markets in NC and throughout the eastern United States

Lee County News

With new cash, Durham biopharma startup Emergo targets a big enemy: Flu

October 22, 2020
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Who knew there might be a new way to get through to the flu? Consider Moise Khayrallah, Ph.D., and Robin Hyde-DeRuyscher, Ph.D. Emergo, the Durham-based biopharmaceutical startup they co-founded in 2016,  is banking on its experimental drug norketotifen (NKT) to manage the symptoms of flu and flu-like illnesses. It uses a unique […]

Novartis Gene Therapies is new name for gene therapy firm with growing RTP presence

September 8, 2020
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Don’t call it AveXis anymore. It’s now Novartis Gene Therapies. Novartis has announced the renaming of its previously acquired AveXis gene therapy arm because of “the growing importance of gene therapy to building a leading, focused medicines company with advanced therapy platforms.” AveXis, headquartered in Bannockburn, Illinois, was purchased in 2018 for $8.7 […]

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