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New Bern was the nexus of industry for 1940s Craven County fueled by war time naval shipbuilding contracts. Barbour Boat Works ceased manufacturing small recreational craft and focused on shipbuilding for the Navy. Military demands aided other manufacturers like the Cohen, Goldman and Company of New York which opened a textile plant in New Bern to fulfill uniform orders for the Army and Navy. Outside of New Bern city limits, Craven County nurtured one of the largest agricultural areas in the region.