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for Business North Carolina Vol. 33 Issue 5, May 2013
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Hamlin Casting Corp., located in Pilot Mountain, is the most productive U.S. foundry that makes money molding metal with sand. The technique is called sand-casting and was developed by the Chinese centuries ago. Hamlin began using a similar technique in 1946. The company began in Illinois but moved to Pilot Mountain in 1985. The company has sand-cast over sixty million pounds of parts for the marine, electrical, trucking, aerospace, and other industries.
Fresh Market, a family-owned business, opened its first store in Greensboro in the early 1980s.Â The format of the store is based on a European market and has proven appealing to customers.Â Whole Foods is its nearest competitor.Â Fresh Market now has 130 stores in 25 states and 10,000 employees.Â Net sales topped $1.3 billion last year.Â Although sales have slipped slightly, the company still plans to open 16 to 22 stores this year, with 4 in Houston in its first foray into Texas.