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Dec 14, 2018

Rulmeca Rolls Into New Space

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted About 7 hours ago

A Wilmington-based company that produces motorized pulleys for a variety of markets has moved into a new, larger space to meet an increasing demand for its products. Rulmeca Corp. President Michael Gawinski and operations director Jay Graham have grown the company from its humble beginnings out of a shipping container and 700-square-foot office space in 2003. Gawinsk ...

Nov 30, 2018

Leaving Retirement To Guide Leaders

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 30, 2018

In her more than 40 years in the health care and higher education fields, Janie Canty-Mitchell has accumulated a wealth of knowledge and leadership experience that she aims to pass on to others. That’s why she came out of her short-lived retirement to start her own business. After moving to Wilmington in 2016 with her husband to retire, Canty-Mitchell founded L ...

Nov 16, 2018

Tides Changing For Hampstead Boatbuilder

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 16, 2018

A Hampstead boat building company that makes semi-custom vessels is growing in the offshore and tournament fishing market. Onslow Bay Boatworks, now located on Sloop Point Loop Road in Hampstead, is gearing up for an expansion of its product line and move to a new facility in Onslow County. The locally owned boat manufacturer makes boats to customers’ specifica ...

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Don’t Get Conned: How to Spot Crowdsourcing Campaign Scams

Posted Nov 30, 2018
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Nov 16, 2018

Salt Fish Brings New Flavors To The Island

By Johanna Cano, posted Nov 16, 2018

Kirsten Mitchell took her childhood experiences growing up in the Bahamas and South Florida and her exposure to the restaurant world to open her first brick-and-mortar restaurant, Salt Fish. Mitchell, a chef for 15 years, spent eight of those years cooking in Wilmington-based restaurants including 1900 Restaurant and Lounge, Grand Cru, Ceviche’s and Vittles food t ...

Nov 2, 2018

Building A Bigger Workforce

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Nov 2, 2018

With the addition of several new customized training and workforce develop­ment programs at Cape Fear Com­munity College this year, Josh Davis has a hand in many projects.     One of those projects, recently launched through a partnership between CFCC and Yamaha Corp. aimed at training future marine tech­nicians, is now training 16 students to enter ...

Oct 19, 2018

Cardinal Foods’ Growth Mode

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Oct 19, 2018

Cardinal Foods LLC has expanded a market and operations for local farmers under the leadership of Corey Barnhill, founder, president and CEO of the company.   Prior to Barnhill’s purchase of the Burgaw-based food processing operation in early 2017, it solely processed blueberries and operated seasonally, he said.   “The idea was to invest capital ...

Sep 21, 2018

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 i ...

Sep 7, 2018

Elizabethtown Sees Steady Growth

By Teresa McLamb, posted Sep 7, 2018

When the Whigs defeated the Tories in August 1781 in Elizabethtown, that Bladen County town had been incorporated and building a solid business community for eight years.   The battleground runs from the town’s main street to the Cape Fear River, where the 237th anniversary of the Battle of Elizabethtown was recently celebrated at the newly refurbished Tory Ho ...

Aug 24, 2018

ONEHOPE Aims For Strong Local Impact

By Laura Moore, posted Aug 24, 2018

Shanna Windham has watched California-based ONEHOPE wine grow into the impactful business it is today, providing more than $3 million in donations to charitable organizations around the world through wine sales.   Having worked at the wine distributor in Raleigh that first brought ONEHOPE to the state, Windham said, “it’s been an amazing opportunity to h ...

Aug 24, 2018

MADE: Making Metals Work

By Christina Haley O'Neal, posted Aug 24, 2018

High Speed Welding 6820-B3 Market St., Wilmington Top local official: Stuart Foreman, owner and CEO No. of employees: 20 Year founded: 2005 Company description: Custom aluminum fabrication and manufacturing Description of products made locally: T-tops for boats, ladder racks for pickup trucks, handrails for commercial and residential and recently began fabric ...

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