Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Business North Carolina Vol. 5 Issue 4, Apr 1985
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North Carolina has the highest per capita consumption of soft drinks in the nation, with $850 million in sales in 1984. Much of that was taken in by Pepsi and Coca-Cola, the remainder going to small bottling companies which are often locally owned and operated. Wolfe-Cundiff discusses the competition between the companies for the consumers' dollars and the difficulty faced by small bottlers when competing with the industry giants.
Tourism was a large part of Asheville's economy at the turn of the century, but it soon gave way to manufacturing and other businesses operating in the western part of the state. Manufacturing still contributes about $312 million to the economy, but tourism is making a comeback. The Asheville Chamber of Commerce projects tourism revenues of $245 million in 1985 and that tourism will become the city's number one industry in the next three or four years.
Tom Clark, a professor of religion at Davidson College, began carving gnome-like creatures as a hobby. The hobby has now grown into a thriving, multimillion dollar business. Clark's statues of gnomes and wood spirits have made him one of the best known sculptors in the country and one of the most prolific in the figurine industry.