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Sep 16, 2022

Spotlighting This Year’s MADE Awards

By Cece Nunn, posted Sep 16, 2022

Each year, the MADE Awards program brings attention to manufacturers and makers in the Cape Fear region, revealing that the area is home to more made-in-Wilmington products than residents and even business leaders might realize.    The Greater Wilmington Business Journal launched the MADE Awards for that very reason, to recognize makers, manufacturers, artisans ...

Sep 16, 2022

MADE Winners: Manufacturer Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 16, 2022

Cape Fear Customs capefearcustoms.com   Year founded: 2019   Number of employees: 21   Top official: Matthew Gillilan, owner and operator   Company description: Cape Fear Customs is Wilmington’s truck and off-road adventure store, specializing in overlanding, 4x4s and custom fabrication.   How has your product helped impact the reg ...

Sep 16, 2022

MADE Winners: Arts Category

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Anchor Hardwoods anchorhardwoods.net   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 ...

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September 2022 Freight Market Update

Posted Sep 15, 2022



The storm has passed and a repeat of the 2021 capacity crunch is unlikely. As tender volumes hold steady between 2019 and 2021 levels, the industry is adjusting to some residual "kinks" that need to be ironed out.

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Sep 16, 2022

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 resid ...

Sep 16, 2022

MADE Winners: Food & Beverage Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 16, 2022

Acme Smoked Fish of North Carolina acmesmokedfish.com   Year founded: 2015   Number of employees: 276   Top official: Felipe Espinosa, director of manufacturing   Company description: “Fourth-generation, family-owned company recognized as the country’s leading smoked fish purveyor. We produce cold smoked salmon products sold through ...

Sep 16, 2022

MADE Winner: Exporter Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 16, 2022

American Hammer americanhammer.com   Year founded: 1952   Number of employees: 15   Top official: Ted Leitter, president and CEO   Company description: “An American industrial manufacturing company producing over 600 different handheld hammers for the domestic and international metal manufacturing industry. 100% American made right here i ...

Sep 16, 2022

MADE Winner: Supporter Business Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 16, 2022

Cape Fear Manufacturing Partnership capefearmfg.com   Year founded: 2020   Number of companies involved: 42   Top official: James Flock, chair   Organization description: “CFMP is a diverse group of manufacturing companies that have organized in order to address common issues facing our organizations.”   How has your group gr ...

Sep 9, 2022

Dozens Face Unemployment In Wake Of TRU Colors' Closure

By Johanna F. Still, posted Sep 9, 2022

Soon, dozens of people who work for TRU Colors will be out of a job.  Operations at the brewery, which employed active gang members, were expected to close Friday, its CEO George Taylor announced Wednesday.  With just two days to look for new opportunities before being unemployed, employees – especially those with criminal backgrounds – may face ...

Sep 7, 2022

CEO: TRU Colors To Cease Operations

By Johanna F. Still, posted Sep 7, 2022

TRU Colors, the Wilmington brewery that employs rival active gang members, will permanently shutter operations Friday, CEO George Taylor announced Wednesday.      He did not immediately say how many employees the TRU Colors closure will affect. The company said it had about 80 employees late last year in a directory of area breweries compiled by the Greate ...

Aug 25, 2022

In Downtown Wilmington, Genesis Block Moving To Common Desk

By Staff Reports, posted Aug 25, 2022

A business development services company based in Wilmington is moving from one downtown location to another. Genesis Block, founded in 2019 by entrepreneurial couple Tracey and Girard Newkirk to support fledgling companies, was leasing office, coworking and event space at 20 Wrights Aly. "Beginning in September we will be transitioning away from offering coworki ...

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