Lee County

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.

Company Highlight: 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.

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.”

Unique Developments and Contributions

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.

Infrastructure and Support

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.


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