Posts Tagged ‘Hickory’

25-Year-Old Launches Two Thriving Businesses in Hickory, NC

Fresh out of college, a young man with big ideas saw an opportunity. For the first time since the 1920s’ Prohibition, North Carolina was going to allow people to buy liquor directly from distilleries.
A window had opened, and opportunity beckoned. N.C. State graduate Zackary Cranford knew he needed to “make hay while the sun rises,” as they say — only in this case, he’d be making bourbon.

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Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

coke3In 1910, 34 years before Coca-Cola became a registered trademark, The Coca-Cola Bottling Co. laid down it’s roots in Hickory. In 1937, the company built at their current location, near Downtown Hickory. From the beginning the company has been a small family business, with a firm dedication to community and God. Coca-Cola is ubiquitous in American Culture.

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Catawba Paper Box

Catawba Paper Box is one of Hickory, NC’s longest-lasting businesses. In its current location since 1939, Catawba Paper Box has supported the area’s hosiery and furniture industries for decades. Started by AJ Preslar, the company has been owned and operated by Skipper Smith and his wife Fan for the last 21 years. Over the last two decades, the company has expanded its services, and added many national clients. With sales increasing each year, and profitability on the rise, the company is greeting the future with arms open wide.

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Alex Lee, Inc.

The Alex Lee Family of Companies consists of Merchant Distributors, Inc. (MDI) and Lowe’s Food Stores Inc. This company is an economic pillar in Hickory, and supports the community in many ways. “Our company was founded in Hickory over 80 years ago and as the community has grown and prospered so have our company and many others.” Boyd L. George, Chairman & CEO, Alex Lee, Inc. Moses George and his sons purchased a small grocery supply store in 1931. It grew rapidly under the direction of Moses and his sons for the next half century. In 1984, MDI acquired Lowes Food Stores, which had been a customer. This formed the Alex Lee Family, which has now grown into large-scale grocery company that hires almost 2,000 people in Hickory alone. Founder Moses George had the philosophy that: “If your customers are successful and your suppliers are successful, then you will be successful.”

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Biofuels Center Boasts Teamwork

From the Observer News Enterprise: Catawba County leaders say a newly opened biodiesel research facility will attract more business to the area, save money on fuel and reduce the area’s carbon footprint. State leaders call it a “model for the future.” But the largest attribute of the facility may […]

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Dr. Fish-A Top Notch Local Dentist

Dr. John Fish, DDS is an artist. He would never say that, because he’s a humble and kind man, but one only has to look at his work to draw the same conclusion. Since 1983, Dr. John Fish has specialized in implant, sedation and cosmetic dentistry. What has always made him stand out is his thorough one on one approach. He gets to know each patient and strives to understand their goals and fears, in relation to their teeth. People comment  consistently about how detailed and careful he is. People are always impressed with the care he gives them.

“Dr. Fish and his staff are wonderful. They are kind and helpful and answer any questions you may have. I have never liked going to a dentist, but this experience was different. Dr. Fish and his assistant accomplished a lot of work with very little discomfort. They do their dental procedures like a “well oiled” machine. I have no fear of going back for my next appointment. After my initial visit, I received a very nice hand written note from Dr. Fish.”

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Warehouse 2120

Deborah Whitson and Pamela Lee had a wonderful idea about two years ago. While discussing the area’s economy, they realized something needed to be done to keep jobs in our region. They also wanted to inspire people to refrain from throwing things away. They had an idea that many old things could be reused in new and interesting ways. They began developing their idea.

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Pfahlert Creative Labs-A Top Notch, Nationally Known, Design Studio

Every morning as local graphic designer Matt Pfahlert and his dog Satchmo ride to their office in Hickory, they have no clue what the day’s work will include. They could be thinking of a concept for a band’s next album packaging or putting the finishing touches on a local bank’s annual report. Matt’s local graphic design and illustration studio, Pfahlert Creative Labs, is located at The Granary near downtown Hickory and is one of the area’s leading providers of creative services.

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Hickory Real Estate Group

In early 2010, when most real estate firms were struggling to stay afloat, Mike Kelly and his wife Kathleen decided to venture out and start their own real estate business.  At the time, they were working with a large business, and they had implemented a social media strategy that was seeing great results. They realized that most of their leads were coming from work that they were doing themselves, and they decided it was a great time to step out on their own.
The Hickory Real Estate Group has a large internet presence. Google loves them, and you can’t find a social media site that they aren’t a part of.  As more and more people  use the internet to search for homes (90% of consumers go online first when considering buying or selling a home), this has been a very valuable asset, and has helped them rise above a weak economy. You can find them easily on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, and Trulia.

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Eckard Photographic

Jon Eckard Photography is a local photography company that specializes in commercial photography for print and digital advertising. In addition to promotional photography, Jon Eckard Photography also provides photography for products, catalogues, annual reports and events.  They are celebrating their first year in their new studio space, located in The Granary in Hickory.
Jon Eckard was raised in Hickory, but set off after high school to study photography in Asheboro, North Carolina. He then moved to New Mexico, where he worked with Michael Barley Photography for several years. It was working with Michael that instilled a love of commercial photography in Jon, and helped to develop his keen eye for detail.  He strives to understand what each client needs.  Jon has pursued only photography in the 15 years since receiving his photography degree.

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