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MADE Winners: Functional Product Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 15, 2023

Creatively Covered Co. LLC 

creativelycoveredco.com
Year founded: 2021 

No. of employees: 1 

Top official: Dawn McDowell, owner/maker 
 
Company description: “The unwind collection focuses on creating artisan skin care to support skin all skin types, but especially dry skin. The line consists of moisturizing body bars, sugar scrubs, milk baths, body butters and more. 

Our mission is to curate artisan skin care that allows your skin/soul to UNWIND, receive relief and comfort from the daily stresses while using our luxurious moisturizing products. We believe to Unwind is to allow your soul to encounter a little bit of nature's goodness for the skin.”

How has your company grown since its inception? “We have grown in the sense that we have received more exposure and opportunities to collaborate with other small businesses.”  

What current challenges are you facing? “Finding funding sources for small business is a challenge in addition to advertising.”

What are your future goals for the company? “My immediate goal is to grow the business and be able to obtain staffing to assist with further growth.”

Marine Bean 

themarinebean.com
Year founded: 2021 

No. of employees: 1 full-time, 1 part-time and 3 subcontractors 

Top official: Dale Lacy, president 

Company description: Marine Bean manufactures and sells marine-grade bean bags that are intended to be used on the boat, beach and pool and they float.  

How has your company grown since its inception? “We have gone from outsourcing manufacturing to revamping all our materials and moved all production to Wilmington. We are now leasing 1,600 square feet of warehouse space in the newly renovated Coca-Cola building in the Soda Pop District. Our sales are more than triple that of our first year.”

How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “Our manufacturing of Marine Bean in Wilmington has allowed us to help fill the unleased space in the Coca-Cola building. We are subcontracting seamstresses, which helps support their families and also offering products to local retailers to sell.”

What current challenges are you facing? “We purchase our materials and make our product in the USA so cost of materials is an ongoing issue.”

NC Lumber & Supply

nclumbersupply.com
Year founded: 2016 

No. of employees: 27 

Top official: Carter Derrick, Rob Moore and Ryan Hilsinger, co-owners 

Company description: “We are a local lumberyard offering outstanding customer service, and support to local and small businesses. We specialize in Pine and Cypress T&G-Flooring and Shiplap.”

How has your company grown since its inception? “We have grown from the idea of wanting to relieve our local mill of Factory 2nd lumber here in our flagship warehouse to owning and operating 13 locations in six states throughout the Southeast. We added value to a material that was once considered downfall.”

How has your product helped impact the region's economic development? “As Wilmington continues to see real estate growth, we are able to supply local builders, carpenters and woodworkers with value-added materials that help our communities grow and flourish.”

What current challenges are you facing? “It is currently challenging to find adequate warehouse space for new locations as well as personnel to staff new locations.”

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