Take a drive along the U.S. 421 corridor and you will find a mix of businesses and freight trucks bustling about. It’s been a place of commerce for decades for some companies, and a new attraction for others. These are just a few of the many companies operating on the corridor.
1. Fortron Industries is a joint venture between Celanese Corp. and Kureha Chemicals Industry Co. of Japan. Its Wilmington plant, at 4600 U.S. Hwy 21 N., started operating in November 1993 and manufactures Fortron Polyphenylene Sulfide, a semi-crystalline high-performance thermoplastic polymer that offers a combination of thermal, mechanical and chemical resistance. The product is used primarily in automotive, consumer goods, industrial, medical and aerospace applications. There are more than 100 employees and contractors at the site.
2 . Turf Medic Lawn & Landscape Inc., at 364 Metro Circle, Unit C, provides services in lawn care, landscape and horticulture. The company was started in 2007 by Stephen and Danielle Caracciolo, and today, they employ 10 people. The company located in the corridor area from Leland late last year.
3. Lee’s Tackle Inc. is located at 5316 U.S.Hwy 421 N., makes saltwater sports fishing equipment. It moved to the space in 2009 from Miami Florida, where the company was founded in 1920. The company has 15 employees.
4. I-140 Business Center, anchored by Watson Electrical Construction Co. at 3826 U.S. Hwy 421 N., Suite 200, is now fully leased.
5. LP [Louisiana-Pacific] Building Products, a high-performance building solutions company with $2.7 billion in global sales, manufactures LP SolidStart Laminated Veneer Lumber at its Wilmington facility. LP’s mill, 2706 U.S. Hwy 421 N. in Wilmington, opened in 1985 and employs more than 130. It operates in the U.S., Canada, Chile and Brazil.