McDowell Economic Development Association, Inc.


McDowell County ranks as one of the four highest counties in the State of North Carolina as a percentage of workforce employed in manufacturing.  The UMAC is a testimony to the support by local government for this industry sector as well as an acknowledgment of the challenges currently being faced in supplying the skilled workforce required by industry.  The use of the former Universal Furniture Factory simultaneously for businesses, students, college faculty and economic development is a strategy that would significantly benefit your business training, expansion or location needs.

 Below is a link to a video that McDowell Technical Community College had filmed.  The video summarizes what the initial vision was for the Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center.