MADE Winners: Arts Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 16, 2022

Anchor Hardwoods
Year founded: 2010
Number of employees: 3-4
Top official: Bill Moore, managing partner
Company description: “Anchor Hardwoods is Wilmington’s friendly, local hardwood + home improvement headquarters.”
How has your company grown since its inception? “Our small business has grown in numerous ways, perhaps most notably in synthesis and (hopefully) nimble response to the evolving needs and trends of homeowners, architects, builders and DIY enthusiasts.”
How has your product helped impact the region's economic development? “From our early days and partnership with our sister company Cape Fear Riverwood, where we retrieved long lost native, heart pine and old growth cypress from the Cape Fear River Basin to repurpose it into lumber, to employing apprentices from the local boatbuilding program, we have always endeavored to keep our roots local. Everything we make is built by hand and with a care and level of craftsmanship that is not typically possible in bigger corporate entities.”
What current challenges are you facing? “Inflation and the rising costs of raw goods has certainly had an impact on our business. We are always working towards our unwavering commitment to quality materials and high level of craftsmanship with the goal of being as affordable as possible.”

Savage Surfboards
Year founded: 1982
No. of employees: 3
Top officials: Kenny Briel and Shawn O'Donnell, owners
Company description: “We believe in preserving the art and legacy of handcrafted surfboards in the USA. In an age where most industries are automated by foreign influence, the surfboard industry has been no exception. The Savage brand has successfully maintained since 1982 and continues to build the best handmade boards, using the highest quality materials on the market.”
How has your company grown? “The last 10 years, we’ve grown anywhere between 17 to 28% a year. We’re a Christian-based company so I have to give it all up to God.”
What challenges are you facing? Labor. Young guys just don’t want to work at a surfboard factory anymore. Because of social media, they want to do it in their backyard and be a one-man show. At Savage Surfboards, it’s all about the team; it's not about just one person here.”

The Wall Printer
Year founded: 2019
Number of employees: 12
Top official: Paul Baron, founder and CEO
Company description: “Wholesale distributor of wall and floor printing machines, establishing new and existing businesses to print digital images and art onto any wall, any size, any surface” 
How has your company grown since its inception? “The Wall Printer has grown to 12 employees to add business who deliver services throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America and the Caribbean. In our first two years, we have established and helped grow more than 90 new businesses, who have added our innovative vertical (wall) and floor printing machines. Startups and established businesses use The Wall Printer machines to add revenue, employees and customers in their exclusive local territories.”
What are your future goals for the product? “Increase capacity with inventory, add office and customer support people, increase marketing spend to grow and secure our current market leading position. Getting on the radar of more established, multi-location businesses in the art, general contracting, print, painting, interior decorating sectors to add revenue and grow their business by adding Wall and Floor Printing machines and services.”

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