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Kannapolis is a city in transition. With nearly 50,000 residents, it is moving away from its history of textile manufacturing to a future in life sciences and technology.

The North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) is re-making Kannapolis as a "new city for a new century." The $1.5 billion campus is the legacy of billionaire David H. Murdock, owner and CEO of Dole Foods. NCRC is focusing on human health, agriculture and nutrition research. Its mission is to collaborate with both public and private partnerships. NCRC will be the most advanced campus for biotechnology and nutrition research in the world. Currently home to nine universities and several private firms such as Monsanto, Dole Foods, and General Mills, the NCRC will continue to grow and evolve.

Other major industries in Kannapolis include racing-related businesses and warehouse/distribution. Stewart-Haas Racing has race shop located here and Stanley Tools, Shoe Show and Novant Health have major distribution centers in the community.

Kannapolis is an emerging business hub and the focus for science-related business in the Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord metropolitan area.

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