Clinton offers a number of strong competitive advantages for new industries that choose to settle in our area. In addition to a skilled workforce and excellent utility systems, sites for commercial and industrial development are available at a reasonable cost. Access to city officials is readily available and convenient. After all, we are striving to make Clinton the perfect place to call home. We encourage you to learn about us firsthand- come and visit with us. Let us know when you will visit and we will provide a special tour of our facilities and community. We are proud of our community and we invite you to share in our community by becoming one of us.
Clinton is ideally located to serve the special needs of a variety of industries. Each industry benefits from the availabilities of a diverse and skilled labor force, exceptionally reasonable tax rates, excellent utilities, and easy access to East Coast markets. Sampson Southeast Business Center is a 76-acre industrial park on US 421 in Clinton that can accommodate future industrial development with easy access to water, sewer, gas, and telecommunications infrastructure. Major industries already in Clinton include Brooks Brothers, Butterball, DuBose Strapping, Hog Slat, Rheinfelden Americas, Sampson Bladen Oil, Schindler Escalators, and Smithfield Foods.
Agriculture plays a major role in the local economy and Clinton functions as a regional agricultural center. Sampson County has previously been labeled the “Best Place to Farm in the United States." Among the crops grown locally are tobacco, corn, cotton, wheat, and soybeans. Fresh vegetables such as squash, asparagus, cucumbers, peppers, sweet potatoes, and melons also contribute to the area’s farm income. The area is a major center for the production of chickens, hogs, and turkeys. The agriculture industry accounts for over $1 billion annually in Sampson County.
Several major highways including US 421, US 701, NC 24 and NC 403 serve Clinton. Interstate 95 is less than 30 miles west of Clinton and Interstate 40 is less than 10 miles east of Clinton. The Clinton-Sampson County airport, featuring a 5,000 foot lighted runway, can serve corporate jets and turbine aircraft. Commercial airline service is available at nearby airports in Fayetteville and Raleigh. Clinton Railroad Service and CSX provide rail service to the area, while seaports at Wilmington and Morehead City can be reached quickly.