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We understand how important finding meaningful work is to transitioning military and spouses as you embark on civilian life. 

Hickory Metro employers appreciate the skills you honed and knowledge gained during your service - working as a team, meeting deadlines, leading and following directions, flexibility and adaptability - and of course, significant technical skills.  You can have a real impact here in cutting-edge industries crafting products and services that touch all over the globe. 

We are a community on the rise, with more than 10,000 family-sustaining job added the last 8 years in manufacturing, healthcare, IT, construction, education and much more in the Hickory Metro.

To search for and apply to the latest opportunities from some of our area's most committed, veteran-friendly employers, be sure to visit HKY4Vets Talent Connect at

Catawba County makes things. Known for decades as a leader in crafting furniture and textiles, our manufacturing base has become as diverse and unique as the community around it.

Catawba County offers an abundance of career opportunities. Whether you’re just getting your career started or looking to become the next CEO, our diverse range of employers offer a variety of options to meet your career goals. This includes part-time and full-time opportunities that match all levels of education and experience.



To learn more about the employers in the County, check out our Top 25 Employers and Top Ten Manufacturers lists, as well as the summary of Industry Clusters in our community. You can also check out the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce’s Member Directory.

Craftsmanship is synonymous with Catawba County. What started as a maker’s hub for furniture and hosiery has quickly evolved into a region known for its advanced manufacturing capabilities producing high-value products like automotive components, fiber optic cable, and custom handcrafted furniture.


Even today, over 25 percent of Catawba County's working population is engaged in manufacturing - basically double the national average.  We are proud that more than 400 manufacturers call our community "home".

View the Catawba EDC's Advanced Manufacturing Brochure to learn more about our specialization "making things" for the world.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol Line Sergeant, Endurance Runner, Founder/Owner RunTimeRaces, LLC

“I think if I've learned anything in my journey, it’s that the people of Catawba County are willing to invest in the people here because they know that in the end it's going to pay dividends. And I believe that with all my heart. I really do.”

Read Kelly's full interview.



Thinking about getting something started in Catawba County? You’re in good company. We are a community of makers and doers – people who get things started and make things happen. This includes a growing community of entrepreneurs who appreciate the business-friendly climate and wealth of start-up resources Catawba County has to offer. For a list of resources available to entrepreneurs just getting started or looking to grow, check out the Catawba County Chamber of Commerce’s round-up in their Entrepreneur Resource Guide.

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