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inthisissue April 2014
Going Global
A new zeitgeist is growing in Charlotte—a feeling that Charlotte is on the brink of something even larger. And there’s evidence to support that feeling. Things are happening here and around the globe that are and will continue to significantly impact Charlotte as we strive for greater prosperity.
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[Piedmont Natural Gas Company, Inc.]
Advantage Carolinas
Natural gas is one of North America’s most abundant and affordable energy sources, with great potential to boost economic growth, help our balance of trade, and reduce the geopolitical risk. “This game-changing era of natural gas abundance has transpired at a time when our country and our economy really needed some infusion,” says Tom Skains, CEO of Piedmont Natural Gas, pointing out that many global companies now have an economic incentive to move manufacturing back to the United States.
[Wilbert Plastic Services]
Made in America and Proud of It
Wilbert Plastic Services is a leading supplier of plastic injection molded and heavy gauge thermoform products and assemblies in North America. “Our ability to produce small to large plastic parts and assemblies to a variety of industries in multiple and strategic locations throughout the country is unique,” attests CEO Greg Botner. “We’re an American company with American-made products. We believe the manufacturing capabilities here are the best in the world and we’re investing heavily in that.”
[Schleich USA, Inc.]
Invading Charlotte
“We knew Charlotte gave us the business advantages we were looking for,” says Schleich USA Executive V.P. Don Rothwell, referring to N.C. as a business-friendly state, with plenty of other German-owned businesses, in close proximity to their customer base, and with overall accessibility. “But we also wanted a city that was a great place to put down roots and raise a family—one that could attract and provide high-caliber employees. The entire package made it very attractive to be in Charlotte.”
[RSC Bio Solutions, LLC]
Evolving to Address Global Sustainability
“Radiator Specialty Company has a long-standing strength in formulating and manufacturing lubricants and cleaners using bio-based ingredients, so the investments that led to RSC Bio Solutions are a natural extension of this core capability,” states CEO Mike Guggenheimer. “We are working to ensure the next 90 years are just as successful as the first 90 years and we see the economic value that safer, readily-biodegradable technology can deliver to our customers.”
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