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Thomasville Furniture Industries' workplace safety program has proved effective in reducing both the number of employee injuries and overall workers' compensation insurance costs. The programs comply with OSHA regulations.
The presence of the North Carolina Railway in Davidson spurred the development of the Thomasville Chair Company, the county's largest industry. John W. Thomas, a Whig and advocate of internal improvements, bought land and founded a store and sawmill in the county in 1852. Thomasville went through various phases of industrial development, including tobacco and mining.