Robeson County, North Carolina is a special place full of hard-working people and opportunity. It’s the largest county in the state and our “big yield” farms are fed by abundant aquifers and the beautiful Lumber River. The ingredients for greater success are here, as our communities are rich in culture, faith, and resources. Our entrepreneurs are proven industry game-changers with a proud, accomplished history in agriculture, textiles and transport.
The county is home to the Lumbee Indians, whom at 55,000 strong, are the largest tribe east of the Mississippi and the 9th largest in the United States. In spite of not having full federal recognition and the associated benefits, they are arguably one of the most successful, enterprising native american tribes in the country. They have capitalized in banking, construction, real estate and other sectors with perseverance and business savvy.
Robeson County contains the City of Lumberton, fourteen towns, and twenty-nine townships. Pembroke is a bustling college town, as it is home to the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, part of the UNC education system.
With I-95 + I-74 and CSX + Amtrak major railways, Robeson County is the mid-Atlantic crossroads for transit and commerce as it is extremely convenient to import or export from all directions.
New Businesses & Expansions in 2013
Due Process Stable Trading Company, LLC is investing $1.37 million to locate a new manufacturing facility in Lumberton with plans to create 45 jobs over the next three years with an average salary of $41,941 plus benefits.
Con-Way Freight has consolidated their service operations in Florence, SC, Fayetteville, NC, and Wilmington, NC, into a larger, modern and more efficient facility in Lumberton bringing in 35 jobs. They chose Lumberton because “It is a key asset for their network given its strategic location on I-95’s major north-south corridor.” In addition, Con-Way Freight will soon open a company-operated driver training school in Lumberton to fulfill its need for qualified, skilled driver sales representatives, creating more jobs.
Cape Fear Arsenal will locate in Lumberton, bringing 150 jobs with an average salary of $41,559. The company will invest more than $15.2 million over the next three years in ammunition-manufacturing related jobs and is already on the fast track to production.
Flo-Tite Valves and Controls and Titan Flow Control have expanded their manufacturing operations in Lumberton. Flo-Tite plans to create 15-25 new jobs and invest more than $1.5 million. Titan Flow Control plans to create 10-15 new jobs and invest more than $2 million in our community.
Other recent projects creating jobs in Robeson County include:
- Project 77 – Mountaire Farms ~ 77 jobs
- Project Sweet Daddy – Trinity Farms ~ 150 jobs
- Project CFA ~ 150 jobs
- Steven Roberts Desserts – 350 jobs
- Project Cardinal ~ 64 jobs
Approximately $64 million has been invested into the local economy to date with more investments and job opportunities to come.
Southeastern Health has started construction on Southeastern Health Park, a 3-story ambulatory clinic between I-95 exits 20 and 22 in Lumberton.
The UNCP Business Incubator project received grant funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce and Golden LEAF Foundation and will create 115 new jobs.
Two new hotels are planned in Lumberton off I-95 Exit 22.
Fairfield Inn will be making renovations of over $2 million dollars.
Hampton Inn is planning an expansion and renovations next year.
Fairmont will offer the first solar-powered car charging station in Robeson County. This $15 million project is expected to provide 100 temporary jobs and increase the town’s property tax by $3 million annually.
Fairmont is opening a brand new store – Advance Auto Parts – located on Walnut Street.
Red Springs recently opened a Wal-Mart Express, an Advance Auto Parts store, and a Family Dollar.