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15 Companies Made in Winston-Salem

Advanced manufacturing is a powerful industry in the greater Winston-Salem region. 

By Kevin Litwin on January 3, 2023

Siemens Gas and Power has been selected to supply a range of compression and power generation equipment for the Balikpapan Refinery located on Borneo Island in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Siemens Gas and Power’s scope of supply includes 17 reciprocating compressors, along with a single-stage, hot gas expander. Specific compressor models to be provided include eight HHE-VL compressors, two HHE-FB compressors, four HHE-VG compressors, and three HSE compressors. Additionally, Siemens Gas and Power will supply four SGT-800 industrial gas turbines and five SST-600 steam turbines for the Balikpapan power plant.

Manufacturing has deep roots in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and it remains one of the strongest economic contributors to the region today. More than 16,000 people throughout Forsyth County are employed in advanced manufacturing, and the average salary for those workers now tops $60,000. Across the region, there are more than 275 companies in the sector.

And it is expected to continue to grow. Since the start of 2021, Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. has facilitated projects generating 600 new jobs with $301 million in investment, and there are more in the pipeline. 

A mix of expansion projects and anticipated increased demand have led to a focus on delivering perfect properties to suit the sector’s needs. Greater Winston-Salem, Inc. and city and county officials have identified more than 750 developable acres to bring to the commercial real estate market. Investments by developers have resulted in build-to-suit projects in Whitaker Park, Union Cross and other industrial centers that are ready for delivery. Manufacturing has the perfect place to call home in Winston-Salem.

Check out these 15 manufacturers enjoying success in Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County:

The factory of Ardagh Metal Beverage in Winston-Salem, NC.
Ardagh Metal Beverage

Ardagh Metal Beverage
Ardagh Metal Beverage manufactures metal cans and glass bottles for brand owners globally. Ardagh customers mostly deal in food, specialty and personal care markets.

Black Mountain Chocolate
Black Mountain Chocolate started in 2007, and the Winston-Salem company makes artisan chocolates crafted directly from the cocoa bean.

Collins Aerospace
The company manufactures components for the global aerospace and defense industry. In addition, Collins Aerospace’s production facility in Winston-Salem focuses on aerospace interiors, making Winston-Salem the No. 1 producer of airline seats worldwide.

Cook Medical
The Winston-Salem manufacturing facility produces a portfolio of medical devices and has received ISO 14001 certification for environmental system practices. Cook Medical celebrates its 60th anniversary in 2023.

Goodies from Dewey’s Bakery in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Dewey’s Bakery

Dewey’s Bakery
Another manufacturing company that has deep roots in Winston-Salem is Dewey’s Bakery, which has been known for its thin, crisp Moravian cookies since 1930. Baked goods are available nationwide in grocery stores and online, helping generations of families celebrate with sweet treats.

Garner Foods
Garner Foods makes Texas Pete and Green Mountain Gringo products and recently opened a new manufacturing facility in Forsyth County. Established in Winston-Salem nearly 100 years ago, it remains family-owned today.

Golding Farms Foods
The company is known for its R&D department of chefs and scientists who develop tasty spices and sauces manufactured in Winston-Salem. In addition, Golding produces brand products for customers like Panera, Tattoo, Mountain Ridge, Mrs. Campbell’s and many more.

Office exterior of HanesBrands Corporate in Winston-Salem, NC.
Courtesy of HanesBrands

The company makes everyday apparel under brand names such as Champion, Hanes and Bonds. Founded over 120 years ago, HanesBrands got its start at the historic Shamrock Mills in Winston-Salem. Today, the company employs over 59,000 people internationally.

Hayward Holdings
Hayward Holdings is a manufacturer of a full line of pumps and pool equipment and recently expanded its Forsyth County production facility, increasing its local workforce to more than 900.

IFB Solutions
Employing people who are blind or visually impaired is the mission at IFB Solutions. Its 120,000-square-foot facility in Winston-Salem features people who sew, assemble and package products such as mattresses, apparel and bags.

John Deere employee servicing a product in Winston-Salem, NC.
John Deere/RRDonnelley

John Deere Kernersville
In Kernersville, John Deere produces branded hydraulic excavators, and the facility’s on-site operations include processing, welding, logistics and much more.

Joyce Farms
With 60+ years of success, Joyce Farms raises all-natural chickens, beef and game for top chefs and artisan butchers, never using pesticides, growth stimulants or antibiotics on its animals.

Exterior of a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts storefront in Winston-Salem, NC.
Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

Krispy Kreme
With its corporate headquarters in Winston-Salem, the doughnut and coffeehouse private chain recently became publicly traded on the Nasdaq Composite stock market.

Pepsi Bottling Ventures
The company makes and bottles products under brand names like Aquafina, Lipton Tea and Nature’s Twist. In addition, Pepsi plans to add another bottling line in Winston-Salem that is scheduled to open in 2024. It will produce millions of cases of beverages each year — many of which will be made from 100% recycled material.

Siemens Energy
The company’s Winston-Salem Service Center makes power generation products such as turbines, generators and engines, and Siemens Energy provides its products to industries involved in manufacturing, energy, health care and infrastructure.

If you’d like to learn more about the Winston-Salem, NC, area, check out the latest edition of Livability: Greater Winston-Salem

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