North Carolina is a central location along the east coast. The “Tar Heel State” has a colorful history and has been a hub for shipping and transportation for centuries. If you are looking to store or transport goods along the east coast, to central states or the west coast, 3PL Warehouse Companies in North Carolina offer an ideal solution. North Carolina has long been a centralized location for ships and rail and today, with several international airports and major highways, air and ground freight are easily accessible.
The state has a diverse landscape ranging from the Atlantic Ocean to the Appalachian Mountains. In 1629, King Charles I granted territory in America to his Attorney General, Sir Robert Heath, to be named Carolina, or the province of Carolina. First nicknamed the “Old North State”, the tar heel nickname actually came from the state’s long history as a “producer of naval stores–tar, pitch, rosin and turpentine–all of which were culled from the State’s extensive pine forests.” By the late 1700s, North Carolina had a large economic base in its Coastal Plain and Piedmont, there were settlements extending as far west as present-day Statesville. Wagons and boats took imported goods to the inland areas. Raleigh had the state’s first railway and by 1869, after the first transcontinental railroad was completed, a resident of North Carolina could travel by rail from Wilmington to Sacramento, California, in five to seven days. One last major form of transportation—aviation—created one of the fastest ways to migrate. North Carolina helped start airplane travel when brothers Orville and Wilbur Wright made the first powered flight on December 17, 1903, in Kill Devil Hills. As time has passed and the state has gown and flourished a couple of cities have asserted themselves as centers of industry.
3PL Warehouse Companies in Raleigh
Raleigh is the state capitol of North Carolina. It is known as the City of Oaks for its many oak trees. In 1587, Under direction of Sir Walter Raleigh, John White founded the “Cittie of Raleigh.” As more settlers came to America the city began to grow. Raleigh is an early example of a planned city, chosen as the site of the state capital in 1788 and incorporated in 1792. In 1833 the first railroad in the state was completed in Raleigh. Riding the train became a popular means of entertainment for Raleigh society. The Raleigh & Gaston Railroad opened in 1840 with 86 miles of track. The steam locomotives had the animated names of “Tornado,” “Whirlwind,” “Volcano” and “Spitfire.” In August 1892 the Union Rail passenger station opened. Raleigh became a stop on the first regular passenger airline flight from New York to Miami in 1931.
Today, Raleigh has the second largest population in the state. It is part of the Research Triangle, which is “one of the largest research parks in the world. It is named for the three hub cities of Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, or more properly for the three major research universities in those three cities, Duke University, NC State University and the University of North Carolina.” This area is one of the most prominent technology centers in the United States. The park is home to over 190 companies employing 50,000 workers and 10,000 contractors. Recent surveys have found Raleigh to be among America’s most friendly environments for small business and one of the nation’s new “opportunity cities” according to Rocket Lawyer’s Semi-Annual Small Business Index. Raleigh ranked in second place in Forbes’ 2014 poll of America’s 20 fastest-growing cities with the 2013 jobs growth rate of 2.44 percent and population increase of 2.15 percent. The city also has the Raleigh–Durham International Airport, and multiple shipping and transportation centers.
3PL Warehouse Companies in Charlotte
Today, Charlotte has the largest population of any city in North Carolina. It certainly stated out from more humble roots. The city of Charlotte is in the Carolinas’ Piedmont region, between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west and the flat coastal plain along the Atlantic Ocean to the east. The eastern parts of North Carolina had been settled for over 100 years before the first settlers came to Charlotte in 1753. The settlement sat where two trails intersected. One ancient trail was known as the Trading Path, because traders from eastern Virginia followed it south to trade with the Native Americans in the 1750’s. Now, U.S. Highway 29 follows part of this route. The growth of Charlotte was heavily influenced by the railroad. It first arrived in 1852, and in 1854 work began on a state-owned railroad from Raleigh and Goldsboro to Charlotte, in part to connect the eastern cities with the railroad to Columbia. Charlotte’s importance increased with addition of two more lines in the next seven years. In 1860 a railroad company known as the Atlantic, Tennessee, and Ohio began running trains out of the city. When the U.S. began its Interstate Highway program Charlotte became a center in this new system, which would strengthen Charlotte’s place as a distribution center. In 1958 east-west I-85 opened, linking the city with Atlanta, Durham, and Richmond. Soon after, construction began on north-south I-77 through the city, which created a link to Columbia, South Carolina, Roanoke, Virginia, and the Midwest.
Now, Charlotte is not only a transportation and distribution hub it is also a “major U.S. financial center, and is the second largest banking center in the United States after New York City,” according to Forbes. It is ranked 14th on the list of best cities for businesses and careers. Charlotte is also home to several notable universities including Johnson & Wales University, Queens University of Charlotte, Johnson C. Smith University, and the Charlotte School of Law.
North Carolina is home to many different industries from arts in Asheville, to technology in Raleigh, and distribution in Charlotte to several military bases across the state. There are multiple international airports including the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, Raleigh-Durham International Airport and the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Major highways run throughout the state, as well as railways and there are still coastal shipping ports. All of this means easy access to any shipping, warehousing and transportation services. North Carolina is a centralized point on the east coast, making transportation to anywhere in the U.S. easy. Contact us for information on the best 3PL warehouse solutions for your company.