North Carolina has not only proven itself in the manufacturing sectors such as Tobacco and Textiles, it also champions cutting-edge manufacturing technology used in the Automotive and Aerospace sectors. This State is responsible for producing 12 businesses out of the Fortune 500 list. That’s one of the many reasons North Carolina is next in our U.S. Manufacturing series. Automotive Manufacturing The automotive industry just hit their accelerator and is now gearing up for heavy investment in North Carolina. Within a short span of 4 years (2012-2016) the automotive sector grew by an astonishing 22%. It now employs upwards of 26,000 people working for 290 companies throughout the state. Thomas Built Buses is a great example of this accelerated growth. It’s the largest school bus manufacturing company in America, with a production rate of over 16,000 buses a year. Standing as…