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Nov 16, 2018

Tides Changing For Hampstead Boatbuilder

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

A Hampstead boating 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’ specif ...

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 ...

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Play it Safe When Planning Summer Celebrations

Posted Jun 12, 2018
Summer is the season for outdoor celebration.

Between backyard barbecues, pool parties, graduation shindigs and 4th of July festivities, your calendar may already be full of weekend and after-hours events.

Other than the December holiday season, the summer months are the busiest time of year for social functions. But if you’re planning any get-togethers of your ...read entire article
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 ...

Aug 23, 2018

NC IDEA Grant Session In Wilmington Reveals Startup Growth

By Johanna Cano, posted Aug 23, 2018

More Wilmington startups have been applying for NC IDEA SEED grants thanks to more awareness in the community about the opportunity offered to entrepreneurs. NC IDEA is hosting an information session 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of North Carolina Wilmington to continue its efforts to bring awareness to the ...

Aug 10, 2018

Low Impact Building With High Rewards

By Lori Wilson , posted Aug 10, 2018

Pam Fasse, president and licensed general contractor for Fasse bldgs., says that she always gravitated toward project management and design in most any job she held.   “When I came here [to Wilmington], like I had similarly, I sort fell into [construction] I guess,” Fasse said. “It was something I already understood and knew about. You gravitate to ...

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