Kannapolis is a thriving city of 38,245 people located along the I-85 corridor in the Charlotte-region of North Carolina. The history of Kannapolis entered a new era on July 30, 2003 when Pillowtex officials announced the closing of their 16 facilities nationwide and in Canada. Because the decline of Pillowtex took over 20 years, the City had the opportunity to develop a strong local government and viable economy. As the company's headquarters, the City became the center of the largest lay-off in North Carolina history. 6,450 employees lost their jobs nationwide. Of the total displaced by the Pillowtex closure, 4,800 were in North Carolina. Over 3,984 of the employees lived in Rowan and Cabarrus counties and less than 1,500 within the city limits of Kannapolis.
In the past decade, a new a $4 million YMCA, a Senior Center, a Public Library, a baseball stadium for the Kannapolis Intimidators, a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, and Kannapolis Gateway Businesses Park are examples of the successful partnerships that are improving the community, attracting new business and creating new jobs.
For more information on the City of Kannapolis, Please visit the City of Kannapolis official website.