The Queen City Becoming "The Energy Capital of the World"

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The Queen City Becoming "The Energy Capital of the World"

Energy Jobs - Coming to Charlotte

CHARLOTTE NC:  The Queen City is becoming "The Energy Capital of the World."  Charlotte has been known, in past decades as an industrial center, moving in more recent decades into the banking sector, now considered the 2nd largest banking center in the United States.  With 240 companies employing about 25,000 people in Charlotte's energy sector, Charlotte is quickly becoming known as one of the world's largest energy employment hubs.  

Jeff Merrifield of The Shaw Group feels that, "A lot of companies are coming from around the country and around the world, placing facilities here and creating a network where we're talking to each other."

New unemployment statistics recently released, show a slight dip in Charlotte's rate to 9.6 percent with most of the new jobs being attributed to the energy sectorMerrifield of The Shaw Group confirms that their employment has grown from 40 to 1,110 over the past 5 years.

Governor Bev Perdue announced 180 new jobs and a SPX's global headquarters expansion in Charlotte earlier this quarter.  The jobs are categorized as energy related, just another of recent announcements of expaning energy jobs in the Charlotte NC area.


In September, ABB announced 100 new jobs coming to Huntersville.  Merrifield further explains that ABB's additional jobs will be in one of the major facilities for the manufacturing for cable, underground cable around the world.  ABB will hire a combination of 100 engineering, technical and production employees for the new Huntersville plant.  The average wage for the new jobs will be around $64,008, higher than the $48,776 average in Mecklenburg County.

Charlotte energy jobs

In March, Governor Perdue unveiled a major economic investment by Siemens.  Mark Pringle of Siemens Energy said that his company's expansion shows diversification of energy products too, which is important to sustainable jobs in the area.  "We just announced we're adding gas turbine to our manufacturing and service capabilities here and we're going to build a 450,000 sq. ft. addition to the factory and hire over 1,000 people in the next 4 years," said Pringle.

Many of the new jobs announced in Charlotte over the past few years have been in the energy sector and growth in this sector is mostly attributed to an investment and commitment by Duke Energy.  Duke Energy brought in some of their suppliers to the area and then Siemens, who was already based here, decided to make the Charlotte hub, the main North American hub.  These two major facilitators have spawned and encouraged several other companies' decisions to make the move to Charlotte.

Leaders in the energy industry say that jobs are being created for all education levels and salaries.  Also credited with the growth are the area's university systems which provide specialized training for the energy industry.

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Robert Vegas Bob Swetz
Las Vegas, NV

Hello Debe and what a great plug to your community and thanks for the read ...

Vegas Bob

Nov 30, 2010 02:43 PM #1
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is great news and I think that the energy sector will help provide more jobs and help our country get out of this very challenging economic climate.. Great news!

Nov 30, 2010 02:45 PM #2
Chandler Real Estate Liz Harris, MBA
Liz Harris Realty - Chandler, AZ

Great news!  I wish Arizona would take better advantage of solar!

Nov 30, 2010 02:50 PM #3
Larry Story
Total Care Realty - Greensboro, NC
Total Care Realty, LLC, Greensboro, NC Real Estate


We have some new businesses coming to the triad also in the energy field.  We have a new wind generator manufacturer relocating their plant to the Triad. 

Nov 30, 2010 02:57 PM #4
Ken Barker Realtor® GRI, E-Pro Certified
Dilbeck Real Estate - Burbank, CA

Debe - What a great Kudos to your area. I hope other sectors of the world take after this in an effort to help kick the economy up a notch.

It is nice to learn of areas I am unfamiliar with.

Thanks for sharing.

Nov 30, 2010 03:28 PM #5
Steve Shatsky
Dallas, TX

Hi Debe... clearly the energy industry in the U.S. is evolving and that includes the geography of where the jobs related to it are located!

Nov 30, 2010 03:35 PM #6
Jim Hale
Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website

Debe -

That sounds like incredibly good news....and leadership.

Nov 30, 2010 07:49 PM #7
Ginny Gorman
RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate - North Kingstown, RI
Homes for Sale in Southern RI and beyond

I have to say Debe that Charlotte is definitely in the hub of it all...and growth, wow, this is something i'd like to see in my state...thanks for sharing

Nov 30, 2010 09:58 PM #8
Debbe Perry
Real Living Carolina Property - Morganton, NC
828.439.3084 Morganton/Lake James NC

Wow - this is great! Hope some of it "trickles up" to Morganton!

BTW, Bill Clinton was speaking at Guilford College last night and said,"Nothing would create more jobs in America than changing the way we produce and consume energy."

Nov 30, 2010 10:10 PM #9
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Debe,

Congrats on all the great things going on in your area. Charlotte is really experiencing great growth and your getting the word out! Wonderful presentation!

Nov 30, 2010 11:47 PM #10
San Antonio Texas New Homes for Sale - San Antonio, TX
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Hill Country





Great read and great information......Thank You

Dec 01, 2010 01:47 AM #11
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

The good news just keeps rolling in for our respective areas here in NC! It's no wonder we're both a huge relocation spot for folks looking for a better place to call home.

Dec 01, 2010 03:09 AM #12
Leslie Loveless
Standard Pacific Homes (Carolinas Division) - Charlotte, NC

Love it! Every day I hear about more companies and jobs coming to Charlotte. 

Dec 01, 2010 04:21 AM #13
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