Newton’s list of large employers includes Bassett Furniture, a manufacturer of quality, custom furniture; Flowers Baking Company, a large-scale baker and distributor of fresh bread, hotdog and hamburger buns; Lee Industries, an innovative upholstered furniture manufacturer; Renwood Mills, producer of Southern Biscuit flour and Tenda-Bake corn meal; Sarstedt, producer of medical, diagnostic, and laboratory supplies; Special Metal Welding Products, which offers the most complete range of high-nickel alloy welding consumables on the market; Technibilt, producer of metal shopping carts, shelving, and more; ZF, manufacturer of driveline and chassis technology for BMW, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, General Motors, Dodge, Aston Martin, and Ford; and the new Target Distribution Center, a 1.6 million square foot facility which serves approximately 70 Target stores within a 300- to 400-mile radius.
The City of Newton strives to increase and diversify its industrial base, as well as promote its downtown and other commercial areas. A community survey and vision forum, along with the Newton Strategic Growth Plan and Newton Streetscape and North Newton Master Plan are helping to determine Newton’s future. The downtown is centered around a historic courthouse built in 1924, which houses the Catawba County Museum of History. A wide array of businesses are present in the downtown area, and some historic downtown buildings are being renovated to include upper-floor residences, adding to pedestrian traffic and downtown vitality.
The city actively seeks new business and industry, while also focusing on the retention of current businesses. The city’s small-town charm, coupled with its progressive nature, give the City of Newton a unique appeal to residents and entrepreneurs.