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One industry travelers in the North Carolina mountains don't expect to see is Asheville Industries. Located in the small Buncombe County town of Arden is a single defense contractor that makes and designs parts for nuclear submarines, one of them the U.S.S. Asheville, currently under construction at Norfolk, Virginia. The company also makes parts for two nuclear aircraft carriers.
At 62, Morris Karpen retired from his custom-door business on Long Island and moved with his family to Weaverville in western North Carolina. Retirement bored him, so he started a little business making doors to custom specifications. Karpen Steel Products Co. lost $30,000 the first year. Six years later he was grossing $2 million. He estimates he has about a quarter of the nation's custom-door business.