North Carolina

Linamar Expands Operations

In 2016, GF Linamar, a joint venture uniting Switzerland-based GF Automotive with Canada's Linamar Corporation, announced plans to create 350 new manufacturing jobs in Henderson County by building a state-of-the-art aluminum die casting plant.

The company will invest more than $200 million in the new facility, which will mark Linamar's fourth North Carolina plant. The plant will be built in two phases over the next seven years. Once production begins, the plant will supply lightweight powertrain, driveline and structural components for cars and other vehicles.

Fiber Plant Establishes Operations in Cleveland County

In 2016, advanced materials company Mafic USA recently announced plans to open a $15 million manufacturing facility in Cleveland County. The new plant is projected to create 113 jobs.

Mafic USA is the U.S. unit of Canada's privately held Mafic Inc., part of a global producer of continuous and chopped basalt fiber as well as long fiber thermoplastic resins. The company customer base includes the automotive, aerospace, alternative energy and other industries.

MAFIC's North Carolina operations will employ skilled operators, engineers, sales staff and other personnel. The company's presence is projected to add nearly $3.6 million in annual payroll impact to the local economy.

North Carolina–Canada trade

  • North Carolina exports to Canada: $6.3 billion
  • North Carolina imports from Canada: $3.4 billion
  • Bilateral trade: $9.7 billion
  • North Carolina services exports to Canada: $1.2 billion

North Carolina–Canada tourism

  • North Carolina visits by Canadians: 720,500
  • North Carolina vacation spending by Canadians: $171 million

North Carolina’s top goods exports to Canada

  • Tractors: $427 million
  • Motor vehicle parts: $405 million
  • Medicine, in dosage: $378 million
  • Pharmaceutical products: $279 million
  • Optical, medical & precision instruments: $271 million

North Carolina’s top goods imports from Canada

  • Plastics & plastic articles: $382 million
  • Medicine, in dosage: $263 million
  • Softwood lumber: $211 million
  • Paper & paperboard: $171 million
  • Organic chemicals: $115 million

North Carolina exports to Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (32%)
  • Transportation (18%)
  • Chemicals (13%)
  • Minerals & metals (7%)
  • Apparel & textiles (7%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (6%)
  • Other (18%)

North Carolina imports from Canada by industry

  • Equipment & machinery (17%)
  • Chemicals (15%)
  • Forest products (14%)
  • Plastics & rubbers (13%)
  • Agriculture (10%)
  • Transportation (7%)
  • Other (23%)

North Carolina Jobs

  • 247,500 North Carolina jobs depend on trade and investment with Canada

North Carolina top services exports to Canada

  • Royalties: $215 million
  • Business, professional & technical services: $159 million
  • Financial services: $91 million
  • Insurance: $12 million
  • Telecommunications: $6 million


  • 247,500 jobs in North Carolina depend on Canada–U.S. trade and investment
  • Canada is North Carolina’s #1 customer
  • Total Canada–North Carolina goods trade: $9.7 billion

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February 2017
Unless otherwise mentioned, all figures are based on 2016 data in U.S. dollars. Statistics Canada: 2014 tourism, based on combined same-day and overnight travel (8/2016 release, US$1.00=C$1.1045). U.S. Census Bureau: goods trade, Canada’s export ranking (2/2017 release). U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis: goods and services trade (3/2016 release). Trade Partnership: 2015 services trade (1/2017 release). Job numbers are from a study commissioned by the Government of Canada (11/2014 release, 2013 data). Figures may not add up due to rounding. Produced by the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.