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MADE: Driven To Expand Business

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Jan 17, 2020

South Atlantic Services Inc. (SAS)

3527 U.S. 421, Wilmington

 
No. of employees: 62 local employees with approximately 276 total between Wilmington and locations in Houston
 
Year founded: 1971
 
Top local official: Frank Hamilton III, president/owner
 
Company description: SAS is a Wilmington-headquartered contract manufacturing and packaging company. In addition to its Wilmington location, SAS has three facilities in the Houston area.
 
Products made locally: SAS makes automotive and industrial coolants, diesel exhaust fluids, automotive lubricants and agricultural chemicals.
 
Product distribution: The company ships finished goods throughout the United States and internationally to South America, Europe, Mexico and other parts of Central America.
 
What made the company decide to make its goods locally? Hamilton: SAS found the area had “favorable manufacturing cost, favorable distribution lanes, good access to rail and waterborne deliveries.”
 
What’s your target market? Hamilton: The company targets “major oil companies, big-box retailers, automotive aftermarket retail chains, OEMs (new car manufacturers).”
 
What’s planned next? Hamilton: “We will expand on the products offered in addition to expanding geographically.”
 
EDITOR’S NOTE: To be considered for the Greater Wilmington Business Journal’s MADE feature, contact [email protected].
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