The County of Ashe was traditionally known for its agriculture and textile economy but time has changed our industrial landscape. American Emergency Vehicles and GE Aviation are experiencing tremendous growth. We have great diversification in our businesses that include but are not limited to James R Vannoy and Sons Construction, United Chemi-Con Inc, Leviton Manufacturing Co Inc, Ashe County Cheese, Dr. Pepper Bottling Company, Skyline SkyBest, Ingles Markets and McFarland Publishing.
Agriculture still plays a vital part in the lives of people in Ashe County. We are the largest Christmas tree producer in the nation. The beauty of our Christmas trees have adorned the White House numerous times. Ashe County farmers also produce cattle, pumpkins, strawberries and numerous other crops. The local foods movement has expanded in the County over the past decade, with increasing desire in the High Country to consume healthy, locally grown goods.
Tourism continues to grow the economy of Ashe County. People are drawn to Ashe County with the majestic mountains, the New River, numerous outdoor activities, and West Jefferson's art scene. Retail sales have grown to over $389 million dollars.