J & J Snack Foods

When traveling on Highway 17 through Holly Ridge, it is easy to miss one of the community’s oldest employers. The town of Holly Ridge is home to J&J Snack Foods, a savory foods producer for companies including Walmart, Aldi, Burger King Puerto Rico and Mexico, and Disneyland in California--to name just a few! Their longest running [...]

2022-11-07T14:26:59-05:00June 19, 2018|

High Speed Gear

Last week, gun magazine writers from around the country came to Swansboro, NC to join High Speed Gear and partner-guest Sig Sauer, to utilize and review High Speed Gear’s equipment. High Speed Gear hosted the event in Onslow County because of the community’s connection to the Marine Corps and the military. A shooting event married [...]

2022-09-11T18:07:05-04:00April 9, 2018|

Omega World Travel

Omega World Travel has been providing airline and cruise booking services for over 45 years. What started out as a mom and pop office in Fredericksburg, VA has grown to an international company with offices throughout the U.S. and Europe. Back in 1972, Gloria Bohan and her husband Dan decided to take a chance on [...]

2022-09-11T18:08:37-04:00March 26, 2018|

Progressive Service Die Company

Nearly all manufactures big and small, from shoes to space suits, need custom tools to build their product. This is where Progressive Service Die Company on White St comes in. They make heavy duty forged, pre-hard/pre-sharp, steel rule and solid milled cutting dies and cutting die accessories, as well as thermal seal/trim tooling. Shoes for [...]

2022-09-11T13:59:29-04:00July 20, 2017|

Coastal Enterprises

In 1981, Coastal Enterprises, Inc. opened its doors as a private non-profit 501(c)3 organization serving the community by providing training and employment opportunities for persons with disabilities. By 2001, it had expanded its operations into Wilmington, and today provides over $6 million in wages and benefits to over 600 adults with disabilities in our communities. [...]

2022-09-11T14:00:06-04:00May 1, 2017|

Coastal Carolina Cutting Boards

Coastal Carolina Cutting Boards is a family business of woodworkers stretching back five generations. The family’s history with wood stretches from wood flooring to ornamental pieces on marine crafts. When the recent recession forced owner Tom Dean to look for other revenue streams, he started experimenting with the woods he had available. He soon discovered [...]

2022-09-11T14:00:12-04:00May 1, 2017|


Metalworking is an incredibly diverse field, ranging from manufacturers of metal roofs and building components to machine shops that create precise pieces for companies in the medical, defense and advanced manufacturing industries. Even though the field is so diverse, these companies all have one significant thing in common—the medium with which they work is metal! [...]

2022-09-18T19:52:20-04:00February 2, 2017|

Mine Safety Appliances

  Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) has been one of Jacksonville’s longest serving employers. Located at 352 White Street, MSA moved into one of the community’s first publicly constructed buildings by the economic development office. Back in 1979, MSA considered Jacksonville, NC because of its location and workforce. However, it was the existing building that guaranteed [...]

2022-09-18T19:52:33-04:00February 2, 2017|
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