Biltmore Estate in Asheville celebrates its centennial in 1995. George Vanderbilt's grandson, William Cecil, after turning the estate into a tourist attraction, now has a growth strategy to increase yearly revenues from $35 million to $100 million.
Charlotte-based W. R. Bonsal Company has supplied railroad builders, built railroads, and manufactured gravel, sand, and cement-based products from the ton to the bag during its 100-year history. William R. Bonsal, III, now heads the company.
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament, held each year off Carteret County, offers $500,000 in prizes. It also benefits tourism, charitable groups, and business, from bait shops to big boat builders like Hatteras Yachts in New Bern.
With a solid economic foundation, strong business community, and a diverse, high-quality workforce, Charlotte is a growing economic giant, attracting foreign-owned firms and banking, health care, and professional sports enterprises.
Of the state's largest privately owned companies, six are 100 years old, with Harvey Enterprises & Affiliates in Kinston the oldest at 124 years. Of the remainder, almost one-third are over 60 years old.