Year founded: 2017

Number of employees: 10

Top official: Tim Ennis, president

Company description: A fabricator of structural steel components and piping systems

Target market: The energy market

Company growth: “eland Industries has grown in revenue, capabilities and personnel. By May 1 eland will employ an additional 25 team members with plans to expand further by the end of summer.”

How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “eland has brought multimillion-dollar projects from outside the region to Pender County.”

How did you originally come up with the concept for your product? The concept came from a management team that “brings to the endeavor over a decade in operational business experience as well as in excess of 50 years of energy market experience.”

What are your future goals for the product? “eland’s goal is to become … an asset to Pender County, North Carolina, and its citizens, becoming one of the top employers in the region.”

Manufacturing Methods  


Year founded: 2006

Number of employees: 50+

Top official: Pete Peterson, president

Company description: “A full-service company providing all phases of manufacturing from design to production of single to thousands of products”

Target market: Medium to large firms as well as individuals and entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized companies

Company growth: “When Manufacturing Methods (MM) was born in 2006 it was two guys in a single machine shop location. With a small loan from a local bank, that first year ended with all bills paid and a small profit. By growing revenues and maintaining profits that were reinvested in the company with the addition of more capabilities, more and newer equipment and more employees, we grew each year. In 2015 again with help from our local financing partner we consolidated from three locations to our present place of business. Recently revenues have grown 100 percent year on year.”

What are your future goals for the product? “We will continue to add capabilities and increase our skilled workforce. Recently we have added making products for the medical and dental industries. We are now manufacturing products using new smart memory metals like nitinol. We have added top-of-the-line laser cutting and press brake machines and capabilities.”

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Flow Sciences LLC


Year founded: 1987

Number of employees: 60

Top official: Raymond Ryan, president/CEO

Company description: Manufacturer of safety equipment to protect workers from exposure to chemical and biological agents

Target market: Pharmaceutical R&D, biopharma process development and those using hazardous agents in daily activities

Company growth: “We have grown from one person to 60 employees. We sell worldwide and have distributors in more than 35 countries. We have become the standard for work with API (active pharmaceutical ingredients).”

How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “We have utilized the available shipping and ports to deliver products worldwide. We have partnered with community colleges and UNCW to support programs annually.”

How did you originally come up with the concept for your product? “We listened to our customers. The customer told us where they had containment issues, and we engineered and manufactured solutions to solve those issues.”

What are your future goals for the product? “We have many more products we can develop and will do so as revenues increase.”

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