Gastonia City - Home to Textile Company Parkdale Mills
Located in the county seat of Gaston County of North Carolina is the
city of Gastonia. The city has a total area of 46.3 square miles and is
also a part of the Charlotte metropolitan area (alongside the cities of
Concord, Rock Hill, Hickory and Salisbury), and the
Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord Metropolitan Statistical Area wherein it has
the second largest city population.
Gastonia is home to the textile company Parkdale Mills, the number one
manufacturer of spun yarn in the world. Other manufacturing companies in
Gastonia are Freightliner (producer of heavy duty trucks, chassis and
semi-trailer trucks), Wix Filtration Corporation (spin-on oil filters),
Stabilus (automotive, vehicle components), Danaher (printing
technologies) and Curtiss-Wright Controls Engineered Systems (component
manufacturer: actuators, valves and controls as specialty).
There are no colleges or universities in the city limits of Gastonia but
there are institutions of higher learning in the greater Gastonia area.
The Belmont Abbey College is a Benedictine Catholic College which was
founded in 1876. It also serves as a monastery for Benedictine monks and
a place of worship for Belmont Abbey Basilica Congregation.
The Princeton Review ranks the colleges among the 40 best colleges in
the Southeastern United States. The college's most popular degrees are
in Business Management, International Business, Biology and Elementary
Education and they also offer degrees in Computer Studies, English,
Mathematics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sports Management, Theology and
Another college in the Gaston is Gaston College which serves the
counties of Gaston and Lincoln. It offers associate degrees in
Accounting, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Criminal Justice,
Mechanical Engineering Technology, Therapeutic Massage, Web Technologies
and a lot more. One among the notable cultural centers in Gastonia is the Schiele
Museum of Natural History located at Gaston Boulevard.
exhibits the natural wonders of North America and North Carolina, aiming
to promote people's awareness and appreciation of nature. Included in
the collection are natural specimens and cultural artifacts. Schiele's
exhibits include Hall of North Carolina Natural History (showcasing the
diversity of life of the North Carolina coastline, hills, mountains and
other regions), Hall of North American Habitats (dioramas ranging from
ocean floors to the Sonoran Desert to the Alaskan tundra), Hall of North
American Wildlife, Elizabeth W. Robinson Hall of Earth and Man
(collection of mineral specimens and exhibits of dinosaurs and other
prehistoric creatures) and the Henry Hall of the American Indian.
For those who want to buy some goodies in the area, Gastonia has two
major shopping centers. Furst is the Westfield Eastridge which is home
to 100 specialty stores. Another important shopping center is the
Franklin Square which is divided into three phases. The first includes
Wal-Mart, Best Buy, Ross Dress for Less and Michaels. The second phase
includes Kmart, Sam's Club and Lowe's Home Improvement Warehouse. The
Phase III features Kohl's, Old Navy, Books-A-Million and a movie
One can move around the city with public transportation via bus
(Gastonia Transit, Greyhound Lines and Charlotte Area Transit System)
and train (Amtrack Crescent).