Winston-Salem is the location of the corporate headquarters of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, TW Garner Food Company, Branch Banking and Trust Company and Hanes Brands Inc. Other notable companies headquartered in the city include Reynolda Manufacturing Solutions, Southern Community Bank, ISP Sports and Lowes Foods Stores. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is the largest employer in Winston-Salem.
The economy has traditionally been based on textile, tobacco and the furniture industries. Medical research has become a prominent industry. The Piedmont Triad Research Park includes biomedical and information technology research and development facilities. The city includes high-tech, bio-tech, life sciences and nanotech companies. Winston-Salem is also a large financial center.
Some of the occupations in Winston-Salem where the majority of the workers are college graduates are registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, teachers, financial managers, computer systems analysts, social and human service assistants and computer programmers.
Facts about Winston-Salem, North Carolina: The city was ranked as the #18 best place in the nation for business and careers by Forbes Magazine. Regarding the adult population, 30% have achieved a bachelor's degree or better. In 2007 the estimated median household income was $40,000. The cost of living index in the city in 2008 was 83.7. The nation's average is 100.
The top employers in the Winston-Salem area:
- Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center - Healthcare
- Novant Health - Hospitals
- Winston-Salem/Forsyth Co., School System - Education
- Hanes Brands, Inc - Marketing and sales
- Reynolds American Inc - Tobacco products
- Wachovia - Banking
- Winston-Salem City Government - Government
- The Budd Group - Janitorial services and landscaping
- Forsyth County Government - Government
- BB&T - Banking
- Wake Forest University (Reynolda Campus) - Education
- Forsyth Tech (Community College) - Education
- GMAC Insurance - Insurance
- Dell Inc - Computer manufacturing
- US Airways - Reservations
- YMCA Fitness
- Roadway Express - Trucking Contract Haulers
- Lowe's Foods - Grocers
- Pepsi Bottling Company - Beverages-Distributors & Bottlers
- Hayward Industries - Pools & spas
In Winston-Salem the leading employment segments are:
- Educational services
- Accommodations and food services
- Finance and insurance
- Professional, scientific and technical services
Local companies may want to contact these helpful organizations:
- Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce
- Winston-Salem Business Inc
- North Carolina Economic Developers Association, Inc
- Manufacturers and Chemical Industry Council of North Carolina
Local business and industry information is provided by the Winston-Salem JournalNow.