Month: March 2011

Industry Profile: Carolina Paper Tubes

March 30, 2011

When Jerry Melton and his wife Penny established Carolina Paper Tubes (CPT) in 1978 they were no strangers to the paper core industry.  Before CPT, Mr. Melton worked for a California-based operation which manufactured paper cores distributed throughout the west coast.  “In the late 70’s my wife and I began exploring the opportunity to create more

Industrial Executives Forum Recap

March 25, 2011

On March 24, 2011 the HCPED hosted the 4th Annual Industrial Executives Forum at Blue Ridge Community College’s Technology, Education and Development Center, bringing leadership from local industries to hear from a select group of speakers covering topics directly impacting the local business climate. HCPED President Andrew Tate kicked-off the event with a concise overview more

Industry Profile: Wilsonart International

March 6, 2011

Since Wilsonart began producing laminate products in 1956, being a responsible member of the community has been woven into the company’s culture. In recent years, as the company’s manufacturing and distribution networks have expanded worldwide, the organization’s impact on the environment has become an increasingly important concern. According to plant manager Dennis Clark during a recent visit, “environmental stewardship is a part of Wilsonart’s culture, not just a one-time project. It is a business strategy which has reduced the company’s environmental impact while simultaneously improving the work environment for employees and reducing operational costs.” more