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MADE Winners: Functional Product Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 16, 2022

C3 Custom Golf

c3customgolf.com
 
Year founded: 2018
 
Number of employees: 5
 
Top official: Cameron Lee, founder
 
Company description: C3 Custom Golf provides custom golf accessories and golf club customization services to golf clubs and individual players.
 
How has your company grown since its inception? “We started in a residential garage providing golf club refinishing services as a hobby. We now have a brick-and-mortar location where we still provide refinishing services but also sell our golf accessories to golf clubs throughout the United States. Additionally, we have added a retail option to c3customgolf.com where customers can acquire golf accessories customized to their desired design. We also added many options for non-golfers to purchase personalized gifts to give to friends, family and as customer gifts.”
 
How has your product helped impact the region's economic development? “Since a lot of organizations hold fundraising events on the golf course, it has created a great opportunity to assist where we can. We have donated customized product as tournament tee gifts to a number of local charities including ACCESS of Wilmington, Surfers Healing, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, (the) local First Tee chapter and others.”
 

Port City Signs & Graphics Inc.

portcitysigns.com
 
Year founded: 1948
 
Number of employees: 12
 
Top official: Sabrina Davis, president and CEO
 
Company description: Port City Signs & Graphics provides commercial signage and vehicle wraps to construction, real estate, education, health care and commercial interior design.
 
How has your company grown since its inception? “Port City Signs launched in 1948 as the area’s original sign company providing hand-painted advertisements on signs and vehicles and added cut-vinyl designs in the 1960s. Digital printing, CNC routing and high-end finishing are our methods now to fabricate a variety of signage solutions for commercial clients.”
 
How has your product helped impact the region's economic development? “We provide sign and graphic solutions for our region’s largest employers, developers and film/TV productions, including construction signage, high-end interior graphics, electrical signs and commercial fleet wraps. In the process, we are focused on providing careers for a talented team of professionals with creative engineering minds.”
 
What are your future goals for the product? “Our goal is to continue to grow our staff of creative problem-solvers and continue to add cutting-edge equipment.”
 

Polyhose Inc.

polyhose.com
 
Year founded: 1996
 
Number of employees: 20 in North America and 2,000 globally
 
Top officials: Y.J Shabbir, founder, who is based in India, and Mohammed Murtaza, vice president of operations in North America
 
Company description: “Polyhose is a global company that finds passion in design, development, manufacturing and distribution of fluid conveyance products.”
 
How has your company grown since its inception? “The company has grown from a revenue of $100,000 in 1997 to $200 million in 27 years. In the last three years, the North American market specifically has grown from $4.7 million in 2018 to $20 million this year and has grown from a team of 4 to 20.”
 
How has your product helped impact the region's economic development? “We have employed over 15 people within the last year-and-a-half and as the company continues to grow, we will continue to employ more people, local to the Wilmington area. We are also working towards collaborating with community colleges to design courses specific to our industry and potentially pay tuition for prospective employees.”
 

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