Elizabeth City Business Profiles

AVANGRID (formerly Iberdrola Renewables, LLC)

AVANGRID, Inc. (NYSE: AGR) is a diversified energy and utility company with more than $30 billion in assets and operations in 25 states. The company operates regulated utilities and electricity generation through two primary lines of business. Avangrid Networks includes eight electric and natural gas utilities, serving 3.1 million customers in New York and New England. Avangrid Renewables operates 6.3 gigawatts of electricity capacity, primarily through wind power, in states across the United States.

AVANGRID is constructing the Amazon Wind Farm US East which is the first utility-scale wind farm in North Carolina and one of the first in the southeastern United States. The first phase, a 208 megawatt (MW) project, will feature 104 wind turbines. The facility, if fully built out, could deploy 150 wind turbines that would generate 300 MW of power at full capacity.

Groundbreaking, July 14, 2015
Wind Farm Facts

Gateway Bank & Trust

Gateway Bank & Trust, acquired by Hampton Roads Bankshares in December 2008 (NASDAQ:HMPR), continues to operate as Gateway in Northeast North Carolina, with 15 full-service branches, including a major operations center and three branches in Elizabeth City. Gateway remains one of the largest employers in Northeast North Carolina, with full-service financial centers extending through the Outer Banks, west to Raleigh and Chapel Hill, and as far south as Wilmington. The Bank provides insurance through its Gateway Insurance Services, Inc. subsidiary, brokerage services through its Gateway Investment Services, Inc. subsidiary, title insurance through its Gateway Title Agency, Inc. subsidiary, and mortgage banking services through its Gateway Bank Mortgage, Inc. subsidiary.

DRS Technologies

DRS Technologies-Elizabeth City provides long term aircraft engineering, maintenance, and management support that encompass a wide range of activities both on and off site. DRS designed, developed, tested, implemented, and maintained the Aircraft Computerized Maintenance System (ACMS) used throughout the Coast Guard’s fleet of fixed and rotary wing aircraft. DRS operates out of two 110,000 square-foot hangars (80,000 square-foot footprint) that it recently sold to the Coast Guard. The company continues to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul on the Coast Guard’s fleet of C-130 aircraft.

With more than 200 employees, DRS is one of Elizabeth City’s top employers.


VectorCSP, ranked 74th in Inc. magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies in America, is headquartered in Elizabeth City. VectorCSP was created by a group of highly experienced business experts in the fields of logistics, workforce performance, training, engineering, aviation management, and information technology. The company began operations in 2002, developing training and logistics solutions for the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.


TCOM is the only company in the world with a facility devoted to aerostat and airship manufacture, assembly, flight test, and training. For more than 30 years, TCOM has pioneered the most significant advancements in tethered aerostat systems offering the best of today’s leading edge technology to meet the full range of surveillance and communication needs. TCOM is the only company in the world devoted to the design, fabrication, installation, and operation of tethered, aerodynamically stabilized balloons called aerostats. TCOM has provided systems for both U.S. and foreign governments as well as private corporations. They have installed and operated aerostat systems around the globe. TCOM in 2008 built a $3-million, 40,000 SF manufacturing facility that tripled its workforce in Elizabeth City to more than 150.

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Hoffer Flow

Hoffer Flow Controls is a leading supplier of highly customized flowmeters to meet the extreme conditions associated with flow measurement working at depths to 10,000 ft. or more. With more than 100 employees, Hoffer is Elizabeth City’s largest non-aviation-related employer.

Meet Hoffer Flow Control’s CEO and Chairman Ken Hoffer

Hockmeyer Equipment Corporation

Hockmeyer Equipment Corporation has been providing process solutions for over 70 years. It is a leader in the wet grinding and dispersion industry and offers custom designed process equipment for mixing, blending, dispersing and particle size reduction as fine as 25 nano-meters. The Hockmeyer Team is dedicated to building and designing processing equipment that is the highest quality available. The company builds equipment that is as efficient as possible to reduce the energy requirements and environmental impact of the industries its serves. Hockmeyer offers a state of the art customer service laboratory for product testing and process development.


Fastenal is an industrial fastener firm that sells industrial use fasteners for customers including farmers, commercial and residential contractors, Blackwater USA, the US Department of Defense, and the United States Coast Guard.