Large Corporations Do Big Business in Rocky Mount

Rocky Mount and its surrounding region are lucky to have a diverse business sector, with everything from startup companies to large corporations. A key reason why businesses are successful here is because of a good transportation network in place that creates a magnet for growth.


Rocky Mount is situated just off Interstate 95 at the intersection of U.S. Route 64, which is a major east-west freeway. In addition, U.S. 301 provides a key north-south thoroughfare through the city.


Rocky Mount-Wilson Airport is situated along NC Highway 97 and serves the counties of Edgecombe, Nash and Wilson. It is only minutes from the industrial traffic routes of I-95, US 64, US 264, US 301 and NC 98. Meanwhile, Raleigh-Durham International is a short drive from Rocky Mount, and nearby Kinston Regional Airport specializes in cargo and charter flights.

Some of the major corporations in Rocky Mount that benefit from access to these convenient transportation options are:

Boddie-Noell Enterprises
This company started in 1962 and today is among the largest restaurant holdings in the United States. Its brand lineup includes Hardee’s, Cafe Carolina & Bakery, Texas Steakhouse & Saloon, Moe’s Southwest Grill and The Highway Diner. Boddie-Noell is also involved in land development projects across the country.

MBM Corp.
Founded in 1947, this is one of the nation’s largest foodservice distributors for national restaurant chains. MBM is recognized by Forbes as one of the top 50 privately held companies in the United States, and is well known in the foodservice industry for establishing world class standards.

Sara Lee Bakery
More than 750 people work in Rocky Mount to manufacture brand-name bakery, beverage and body care products for consumers throughout the world. The Sara Lee lineup includes Ambi Pur, Ball Park, Douwe Egberts, Hillshire Farm, Jimmy Dean, Kiwi, Sanex, Senseo and its namesake, Sara Lee.

The pharmaceutical and medication delivery company has a mission of developing, manufacturing and marketing products that improve the safety and effectiveness of patient care. Its product line includes IV sets, prefilled syringes, insulin and intensive care pharmaceuticals.

RBC Bank
Today’s RBC Bank is the product of more than 30 mergers and acquisitions since its founding in 1990. It has grown to become a leading regional bank over the past two decades, and has more than 1,200 employees in the Rocky Mount region.

The home shopping television network that began in 1986 has a Rocky Mount distribution center that employs 900 people. The Quality, Value, Convenience network established its Rocky Mount warehouse in 2000, and the first order shipped from there was an Abslide Rolling Torso exercise machine.

CenturyLink (Embarq)
The telecommunications giant has a Rocky Mount center that employs 1,000 people, providing customers with phone service, high-speed Internet access and satellite TV service. The company prides itself in providing customers with one bill to pay and one phone number to call for everything.

Universal Leaf North America
The tobacco processing company was founded in 1918 and is the world’s leading leaf tobacco merchant. The largest portion of Universal Leaf’s business involves the procurement, processing, packing and supplying of flue-cured and burley tobacco to manufacturers of consumer tobacco products.