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for Business North Carolina Vol. 35 Issue 5, May 2015
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In 2000, North Carolina was the home to about 4,700 technology-related businesses; in 2015 there are more than 10,000 in the state, or over 16,000 when including energy, environmental, and life science technology. A resilient and diversified technology industry in North Carolina has resulted from the backing of smaller companies by larger powerhouses such as IBM and AT&T.
Even fast market sectors of technology can face down-market whims. But three North Carolina based companies--Channel Advisor (Morrisville), CommScope (Hickory), and Cree Inc. (Durham)--have faced the slumps to emerge as leaders in the technology sector by taking advantage of rapid changes, consumer patterns, network improvements, and innovative products.
Sleep is big business for Mebane, North Carolina-based, and the state's largest, mattress maker Kingsdown, Inc. Taking on the bigger mattress companies by touting high-end design and artistry, the premium, hand-made mattress business is expanding into smart mattresses controlled with electronics, and into larger international markets.