Success Stories

The Southeast Region is known for its diverse base of companies and industries that employ more than 500,000 people. These companies range from aerospace, wood products, food processing, and metalworking to pharmaceutical, energy, defense, distribution, customer service, and others. Here are just a few examples of great companies that call southeastern North Carolina home and an overview of what they do here.


Council Tool Company is as much about people as it is about tools. Council Tool, a manufacturer of fine tools, has been operated by the Council family for 125 years. It all began with one person…John Pickett Council. In 1886, he founded the business that still bears his family’s name. Times have changed and manufacturing methods have changed. But some things have remained constant. Shortly after founding the company, Mr. Council wrote down a simple set of beliefs he felt were necessary for success- The people who work for Council Tool today still follow these four beliefs: 1) Manufacture a quality product. 2) Offer value by being an innovative and progressive manufacturer. 3) Be straightforward and honest in your dealings. 4) Be a good corporate citizen.


Aludisc is a slug/disc manufacturer that services the aluminum packaging industry for the production of cold impact extruded containers for cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, automotive, food and beverage products. Aludisc located in Clinton in 2006, and was formed by Venezuelan industrialists who wanted to invest in the United States. The company chose the southeast region because of it proximity to the Port of Wilmington, an available industrial building, and the excellent transportation network in the region.

Steven Roberts Original Desserts 

Steven Roberts Original Desserts and Ticklebelly Desserts chose Pembroke for expansion of its food processing business making desserts for major national restaurant chains. The facility is a state of the art bakery that will increase the company’s capacity to make and ship their signature desserts. The company will employ more than 340 people when under full production. The company chose the Southeast Region for its eastern US location for manufacturing and distribution, and because of the excellent workforce the region possesses in the food processing sector.


PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, and lifecycle management services. Its global HQs are located in Wilmington with 2,000 employees, and it has offices in 44 countries. It applies innovative technologies and therapeutic expertise to help companies maximize their returns on R&D investments. PPD was started in Wilmington by Fred Eshelman, who serves as Executive Chairman.


KORDSA, located in Laurel Hill, is the largest industrial yarn manufacturer in North America. The company makes cord fabric from nylon and polyester yarn that goes into tires. The company underwent a major expansion and modernization in the mid-2000s which increased capacity and its role as a leading company in the industry. KORDSA employs 150 people at its facility in the Southeast Region.


West Fraser is an integrated forest products company that produces lumber in Armour, NC at a large-scale sawmill. Its facility is one of the largest in the United States, and the company recently undertook a major capital investment in modernization. It employs approximately 200 people at its sawmill. The company accesses the abundant timber resources available in the Southeast Region.

Twin Precision Manufacturing Corp.

Twin Precision is a leader in CNC machining for the aerospace industry sector. The company specializes in complex aircraft fittings such as fuselage bulkheads, landing gear, and support fittings. Twin Precision moved to Leland in 2008 due to the region’s location on the east coast, proximity to the expanding aerospace industry, lower business costs, and because of an excellent workforce.