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Perley A. Thomas began Thomas Built Buses, Inc. in High Point in 1916 as a maker of streetcars. In 1936, the company began building buses and today is the world's largest school bus manufacturer. In a typical year the company produces and sells between 9,000 and 10,000 units. John W. Thomas, Jr., grandson of the founder, is company president.
A small business that can offer a unique product or service that meets an unfilled consumer demand or desire is termed a niche business. The authors profile four companies that are representative of the many North Carolina firms that have found a niche. They are The Aviation Group (Raleigh); U.S. Cooler, Inc. (Tarboro); Total Concept, Inc. (Winston-Salem); and Long Life Lighting, Inc. (Charlotte).