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MADE: Waking Up The Sleep Market

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Sep 21, 2018

Marpac LLC
2015 Capital Drive, Wilmington

No. of employees: 55
Year founded: 1962

Top local officials: Jimmy Sloan, co-CEO and chief creative officer and Gordon Wallace, co-CEO and chief operating officer

Company description: Makes products to help with sleep

Description of products made locally: Marpac assembles the vast majority of its white noise machines in Wilmington.

Places of product distribution: North America and around the world

What made the company decide to make its goods locally?
Sloan: “Marpac was founded in 1962 by Jim Buckwalter … Wilmington was perfectly situated between his relatives located in Florida and those in the Northeast.”

What’s planned next?
Sloan: “Marpac’s strategic growth plans are based on our company becoming a Sleep Tools brand … Historically that meant only selling ‘sound’ products, but in just the past year we’ve … expanded into ‘touch’ – we purchased bed-in-box innovator Yogabed late last year. In early October we’ll begin selling our first ‘scent’ product, called the Purest.

Click here to read more about Marpac and how it started.

EDITOR’S NOTE To be considered for the Business Journal’s MADE feature, contact [email protected].
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