Henderson County, North Carolina is located in the western part of the state, placing it in the heart of the Eastern U.S. and providing multiple geographic and logistical advantages, along with an ideal climate. Combine our easy access to markets and growing conditions with existing farm, packing, processing and distribution operations and you can see why Henderson County is the perfect fit as an East Coast Agribusiness Hub.

Location, Location, Location... Our Numbers Add Up!


40% of US Population within 1 day truck haul (10 hrs - single driver)

0-200 miles (Asheville, Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, Columbia, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Kingsport, London, Roanoke)

200-400 miles (Raleigh, Wilmington, Charleston, Savannah, Jacksonville, Montgomery, Birmingham, Nashville, Louisville, Cincinnati, Richmond)

400-600 miles (Orlando, Tampa, Mobile, Jackson, Memphis, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Columbus, Cleveland, Toledo, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington)

75% of US Population within 1 day tandem haul (20 hrs - 2 drivers)

Eastern Half of US

1200 mile range (All cities east of Minneapolis, Wichita, San Antonio)

Interstate Highways – 8 major arteries within 3 hours

I-26 0 miles (Hendersonville, NC)

I-40 18 miles (Asheville, NC)

I-85 44 miles (Greenville, SC)

I-81 96 miles (Kingsport, TN)

I-77 100 miles (Charlotte, NC)

I-20 130 miles (Columbia, SC)

I-75 135 miles (Knoxville, TN)

I-75 185 miles (Atlanta, GA)

I-95 200 miles (Florence, SC)

Airports – 4 convenient options

Asheville Regional (AVL) In County

Greenville/Spartanburg (GSP) 44 miles

Charlotte Douglas Int’l (CLT) 96 miles

Atlanta Hartsfield Int’l (ATL) 194 miles

Ports – 5 sites within 300 miles (3 Deep Water, 2 Inland)

Inland Port Greer 54 miles

Inland Port of SC 226 miles

Port of Charleston 244 miles

Port of Savannah 285 miles

NC State Ports Authority 306 miles

Distribution Centers - 30 Retailer Warehouses & 16 Grocers/Food Service within 3 hours

Retail Grocers

Aldi – Salisbury, NC; Jefferson, GA

Bi-Lo – Mauldin, SC

Costco – Atlanta, GA

Dollar General – Atlanta, GA

Food Lion – Salisbury, NC

Harris Teeter – Indian Trail (Charlotte), NC; Greensboro, NC

Ingles – Black Mountain, NC

Kroger – Atlanta, GA

Lidl – Mebane, NC; Covington, GA (opens soon)

MDI – Hickory, NC

Publix – Atlanta, GA; Greensboro, NC (opens soon)

Walmart – Mebane, NC; Pageland, SC; Monroe, GA

Whole Foods/Amazon – Braselton, GA

Food Service

Cheney Brothers – Statesville, NC

Sysco/Fresh Point – Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC; Atlanta, GA; Knoxville, TN

US Foods – Charlotte, NC; Fort Mill, SC; Lexington, SC; Atlanta, GA; Norcross, GA; Alcoa, TN

Local Packing/Processing/Storage/Distribution Facilities 39

Apple Packinghouses - 10

Produce Packinghouses - 7

Warehouse (storage only) - 6

Cider Producers (Hard & Sweet) - 10

Wineries - 4
(Federally Designated AVA – “Crest of the Blue Ridge Henderson County”)

Dairies - 2


Ready access to water, sewer, natural gas, ultra-high speed internet

Long-time established agricultural production and packing operations

Ag Supply & Farm Equipment Dealers 14

Multiple Service Providers (Construction Companies, Greenhouse Mfg., Banks, Professional Services, etc.)

Grower Associations

Ideal Growing Climate

4 Distinct but Mild Seasons

Average Temperature – Low 41°F High 73° F High

Average elevation – 2200 feet above sea level

Annual Precipitation - 56.4 inches

Fertile Soils suitable for most horticultural crops

Cool nights in summer; high amount of clear, sun lit days in winter

Existing Farms and Major Commodities

Farms - 455

Land in Farms - 41,099 acres

Greenhouse - 10 ranges (Plants and Produce)  (#2 in NC)

Apples   (#1 in NC,  #7 in U.S.)

Tomatoes (#1 in NC)

Sweet Corn (#1 in NC)


          • Peppers
          • Cucumbers
          • Squash
          • Lettuce
          • Grapes
          • Blackberries
          • Ornamentals
          • Mushrooms
          • Sod
          • Dairy 

Education & Research (14 four-year universities within a 70 mile radius)

Universities/Community Colleges with Ag-related Programs

Blue Ridge Community College (in County)

Wingate University (in County)

NC State University

NC A&T University

Appalachian State University

Clemson University

University of Georgia

University of Tennessee

Research & Development

Mountain Horticultural Crops Research Station (in County)

NCSU Cooperative Extension Service (in County)

Blue Ridge Food Ventures

North Carolina Food Innovation Lab (NCFIL)

Agriculture & Business Friendly

Agribusiness is NC’s #1 industry

Over 20% of County economy is ag-related

“Right to Farm” state

Hands-On assistance from economic developers and local government (ongoing)

Zoning exemptions for Agriculture, making development easier and less expense

Business Friendly

NC Corporate Tax Rate is Lowest in US

Ranked #1 by Forbes as the Best State For Business

County Ad Valorum Tax Rate – Lower 75th percentile in NC

Present Use Value – Tax deferment for qualifying ag property

Incentives – Local and State

Voluntary Ag Districts - protected from nuisance suits by neighbors

Soil & Water Conservation District

Cost Share Programs for Good Management Practice projects

Quality of Life 

Small Town atmosphere in close proximity to large metropolitan areas

Low Crime Rate

Restaurants and Shopping

Medical Facilities

Recreation (National & State Forests, Hunting, Fishing, Hiking, Biking, Kayaking, Shopping

Sports and Fitness Centers, including leagues

Arts, Music, NC State Theater, Museums, Festivals, Concerts, Cultural Events, Wineries

Are you Ready to Talk Agribusiness?

To learn more about locating your agri-business here or working with our local producers, packagers, or distributors, contact Mark Williams here.   Learn more about AgHC.