full support for local business
Finding the perfect site or building isn't enough for success. Businesses thrive in Lee County because it provides the infrastructure needed to support management, manufacturing, sales and distribution.
:: Highway Access
Four-lane highways move people and goods in and out of Lee County in many directions. U.S. 1, running north and south, offers quick access to Raleigh, Southern Pines and other points across the Southeast. The major thoroughfare also intersects in Sanford with U.S. Highway 421 and N.C. Highway 87, leading to Greensboro and Fayetteville. Interstates 40, 85 and 95 are not far away. For a highway map, click here.
:: Air Service
RALEIGH EXEC: The Raleigh Executive Jetport @ Sanford-Lee County serves corporate pilots from the rich manufacturing base in Lee County. The full-service airport features a 6,500-by-100-foot runway with parallel taxiway and a weight capacity of 80,000 pounds.
The locally-owned airport serves as a less-crowded alternative to Raleigh-Durham International, which is just 45 minutes away and provides nearly 450 passenger flights each day to destinations throughout the United States and Great Britain.
:: Rail Lines
Rail service is available in most industrial areas throughout Lee County from CSX, Norfolk Southern and an Atlantic and Western short line.
Deep water ports with easy highway and rail access are located just two to three hours away in Morehead City and Wilmington, North Carolina, as well as in Norfolk, Virginia, roughly a half day's drive from Sanford.
Electricity is available from Progress Energy (Chuck Robbins, 919.774.2624) and Central Electric Membership Corp. (Morris McClelion, 919.774.4900). Natural Gas is provided by PSNC Energy (Jerry O'Keeffe, 919.598.7444, or Linda Harris, 919.836.2338).
:: Water & Wastewater Treatment
The City of Sanford draws water from the Cape Fear River and operates both the water and wastewater treatment systems for all of Lee County. Sanford sets the rates and capacities for the city and unincorporated areas of Lee County. The Town of Broadway sets the capacity and rates for town business and residents.
In addition to offering fiber optic cable at several industrial sites, Windstream (919.774.8311) provides Lee County business with the full range of communication and information services: ADSL high-speed Internet, ISDN and T1 service, communication systems, LAN and WAN connectivity, and long distance. The company also is a nationwide frame relay provider, allowing local business to share inventory and other business information in real time across offices and locations.
Internet service is available from many companies, including Sanford-based Wave-Net (919.776.6997).