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One of Pender County’s greatest assets is its diversity.  The county not only boasts plentiful access to over fifteen miles of beautiful coastline, it is also home to pristine game lands, bountiful farmland and a prime atmosphere for commercial development.  Easy access to I-40, three seasons of warm weather, affordable real estate and recent investments in infrastructure, are some of the many reasons businesses, residents and vacationers are choosing Pender County.

Pender County was established in 1875 and named for Confederate Army General William D. Pender. The county seat, Burgaw, combines the old and the new that typifies this Southern county. Contemporary homes and buildings are juxtaposed with 18th and 19th century architecture. Burgaw features modern amenities amongst historic charm.  With a population of 56,250 and a median household income of $44,526, we are a part of a tri-county area that’s among the country’s fastest growing regions.

A number of corporations are located in Pender County.  Wieland, a manufacturer of electrical interconnect devices for the automotive industry, W.R. Rayson, a manufacturer of disposable paper goods, and Chloride Systems, a manufacturer of emergency lighting systems have long called Pender County home. Acme Smoked Fish has recently located in the newly constructed Pender County Commerce Park, and a national distributing company will be moving here soon.

The county includes miles of Intracoastal and inland waterways, including the Cape Fear and Black Rivers. Located in the coastal plains region, Pender County soil is ideal for the county’s primary food crop, blueberries.  Sweet potatoes, strawberries, tobacco, soybeans, peanuts, corn, grapes and sod are also grown here.  We are a premiere attraction for bird watching enthusiasts, with thousands of acres of open forest canopy.

Pender County offers convenient and efficient means of transportation for both people and cargo.  We are just a 30-minute drive to both the Port of Wilmington and New Hanover International Airport, providing access to anywhere.   Three institutions of higher learning exist in Wilmington, and Cape Fear Community College has recently expanded to Surf City.  This puts a trained workforce at our fingertips. 

With so many advantages shouldn’t you discover why families, businesses and industries are turning their attention to our Southern blend of casual living and planned growth? 


Randell Woodruff
County Manager

Phone: 910-259-1200
Fax: 910-259-1402
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Mailing Address:
Pender County Government
P.O. Box 5
Burgaw, NC 28425

Physical Address:
805 S. Walker St.
Burgaw, NC 28425

Scott Satterfield
Wilmington Business Development, Inc.
Phone: 910-763-8414
Fax: 910-763-0106
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Mailing Address:
Wilmington Industrial Development
PO Box 1698
Wilmington, NC 28402

Street Address:
1739 Hewlett Drive
Wilmington, NC 28405


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