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MADE Winners - Manufacturing Category

By Staff Reports, posted Mar 9, 2018

eland Industries

Year founded: 2017

Number of employees: 10

Top official: Tim Ennis, president

Company description: A fabricator of structural steel components and piping systems

Target market: The energy market

Company growth: “eland Industries has grown in revenue, capabilities and personnel. By May 1 eland will employ an additional 25 team members with plans to expand further by the end of summer.”

How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “eland has brought multimillion-dollar projects from outside the region to Pender County.”

How did you originally come up with the concept for your product? The concept came from a management team that “brings to the endeavor over a decade in operational business experience as well as in excess of 50 years of energy market experience.”

What are your future goals for the product? “eland’s goal is to become … an asset to Pender County, North Carolina, and its citizens, becoming one of the top employers in the region.”  


JCC Outdoor Products – Wilmington Grill

Year founded: 2011

Number of employees: 10

Top official: Jon Barber, general manager

Company description: Manufacturers a complete line of all-stainless steel barbecue grills

Target market: Homeowners

Company growth: “Since we took over the Wilmington Grill brand, we are close to doubling our sales. We have also added numerous new dealers and have expanded our geographic presence. This has allowed us to invest back in our operations and make us a stronger business.”

How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “Wilmington Grill has helped the economic development in the region in many ways, from promoting our brand name and Wilmington throughout the country, the jobs we offer at our headquarters and plant, the local dealers we use, the support we provide to local schools through our Manufacturing Day and scholarship activities and the support we provide to a wide range of other local organizations.”

How did you originally come up with the concept for your product? “The Wilmington Grill brand has been around for 18 years. Our family purchased the brand in 2011 and since then has built the business up to its current level. It had always been a goal of my father to own a family business, and this provided a great opportunity to do so.


Manufacturing Methods

Year founded: 2006

Number of employees: 50+

Top official: Pete Peterson, president

Company description: “A full-service company providing all phases of manufacturing from design to production of single to thousands of products”

Target market: Medium to large firms as well as individuals and entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized companies

Company growth: “When Manufacturing Methods (MM) was born in 2006 it was two guys in a single machine shop location. With a small loan from a local bank, that first year ended with all bills paid and a small profit. By growing revenues and maintaining profits that were reinvested in the company with the addition of more capabilities, more and newer equipment and more employees, we grew each year. In 2015 again with help from our local financing partner we consolidated from three locations to our present place of business. Recently revenues have grown 100 percent year on year.”

What are your future goals for the product? “We will continue to add capabilities and increase our skilled workforce. Recently we have added making products for the medical and dental industries. We are now manufacturing products using new smart memory metals like nitinol. We have added top-of-the-line laser cutting and press brake machines and capabilities.”

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