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In 1953, Lester \"Leck\" Helms started Ma Leck Woodcrafts of Wingate as a way to earn a little extra money. What resulted was a booming business that now grosses over $6.5 million a year and employs over five hundred craftsmen in five major plants and a few smaller ones in the Piedmont. His ten original products have grown to over 2,500 items in the area of wooden gifts and decorative accessories.
Over two hundred years ago the Helms family settled in North Carolina. They began making home furnishings in a distinctive style. This continued up until 1953, when Lester \"Leck\" Helms started Ma Leck Woodcrafts of Wingate as a way to earn a little extra money. What resulted was a booming business. Today 1,500 wood products are sold by 10,000 retailers in 50 states. Sales hit $8.5 million in 1978, with $10 million projected for 1979.