McDowell Economic Development Association, Inc.

Potential Business Locations

The Universal Advanced Manufacturing Center (UAMC) has several opportunities for your business location.  McDowell County owns the Universal Building and leases space out to various businesses. The Universal Building has four manufacturing tenants in the remaining space.  The businesses produce various products in a facility that also provides the training for their workforce needs.  A second opportunity exists concerning green sites available for constructing new buildings.  Schematic drawings of various size footprints for manufacturing buildings may be viewed in the "Footprints" tab on the left.


Finally, the McDowell Economic Development Association is located in the UAMC facility and assists with the marketing and management of the larger Universal Building and grounds.  Information is included within this site or can be obtained by calling 828-652-9391 or e-mailing


Also located in the facility is Dean Kanipe with the Small Business and Development Center and Jerry Broome with the Region C Workforce Development Board Business Services.  Their contact information is:


Dean Kanipe - Phone: 828.652.0634 - Email:


Jerry Broome - Phone: 828.659.6001 ext. 136 - Email: