Charlotte’s General Steel Drum has secured a profitable share of the U.S. container market. The company boasts a state-of-the art manufacturing process and is a small family company. The history of the company and how it competes against larger companies owned by conglomerates is described.
Discussed was the increasing role that farmers have been playing in the development of renewable energy industries such as solar and wind. Examples profiled were a solar farm owned by Charlotte based Birdseye Renewable Energy LLC, located on a three hundred acre farm in Robeson County. Noted also was Duke’s Dogwood solar farm in Halifax County.
With the recent growth of local company AvidXchange, Charlotte is becoming a center for technology alongside its financial industry identity. With its automated accounts payable technology, AvidXchange helps businesses simplify their cash flow logistics.
Charlotte based SkillPop creates "pop-up learning communities" which provides adult enrichment classes for the DIY individuals who prefer to learn in person. Offering a wide variety of classes and classroom settings, SkillPop has expanded into Raleigh, with plan of future growth.
A Sealed Air executive believed housekeeping employees, often on the bottom rung of an organization’s ladder, should have the way cleared to climb to the top. How she helped these employees receive due attention for their contribution was working to increase their career and educational opportunities.
An educational software and e-textbook company has proven to be a maven for North Carolina’s current educational system. Promoting Discovery Educations’ endeavor is a discussion of receptivity already found among today’s students and growing receptivity among educators for their products.
Nucor Corp is a company based out of Charlotte that makes sheet steel, a raw material for everything from car fenders to refrigerators. The new CEO, Daniel R. DiMicco, hopes he can expand the company commercially.
Charlotte has seen an increase in construction downtown recently, as businesses move into the region. Two banks, Bank-America Corp. and First Union Corp., are competing for the distinction of having the tallest buildings in the city. Both banks have big construction plans for the future.
Sea-Land Services, Inc., the inventor of container shipping, is the country's largest ocean cargo carrier. The company's relocation to Charlotte in 1995 has meant employment for 1,500 and a payroll of $34 million.
Commerce officials in North Carolina encourage local businesses to sell overseas, but relatively few have explored the options of selling products abroad. The experience of Arcon Manufacturing Incorporated, a Charlotte-based manufacturer of grain silos, illustrates the challenges of conducting business overseas.
A Charlotte infertility clinic, the Center for Reproductive Medicine, ran into trouble after mismanaging their money. Such medical facilities are still are still primarily businesses that need to demonstrate good management skills in order to achieve success.