SBA Names 2016 North Carolina Small Business Persons of the Year
Charlotte, N.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Charlie Creech, the president and the other seven ownership/executive management team members of North State Aviation (NSA) the North Carolina Small Business Persons of the Year for 2016.
NSA is an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility located in Winston-Salem, NC. The company offers heavy maintenance and major modifications and repairs for Boeing 737 through Boeing 757 aircraft.
“We are all so honored to have been selected for this award,” said Charlie, on behalf of all the NSA winners. The success of North State Aviation is a testament to our employees, the fertile field of business opportunities in North Carolina and the working partnerships with the Airport Commission of Forsyth County, the State, the city of Winston-Salem, and the city of Kinston, Lenoir County and the SBA and SBTDC.”
Charlie and the NSA management team were selected as Small Business Persons of the Year because the company has demonstrated staying power, growth and innovation. In just over five years, they have identified gaps in the industry, developed relationships and restored hundreds of jobs to the Winston-Salem area. NSA has been named one of the top 50 employers in Forsyth County, pumping over $30 million dollars annually into the local economy.
Before NSA opened its doors, Charlie and the team met with the SBA-sponsored North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC). SBTDC business counselor Barry Phillips assisted them in the development of a business plan with multiple complex financial projections. With this support NSA secured a $3.9 million finance package. Then, in 2010, the eight longtime airline executives, in a room in Winston-Salem’s Smith Reynolds Airport terminal, began the journey. The group had the know-how of the aviation industry and an entrepreneurial spirit.
By 2011, the company had performed maintenance on just 11 planes. Within the next four years, they completed maintenance and modifications on over 500 airplanes and now have numerous contracts, including their major business relationship with United Airlines.
NSA now employs more than 400, including over 100 military veterans, working in over 300,000 square feet of space at two locations. The company occupies the former headquarters office and hangar facility of Piedmont Airlines in Winston-Salem and their second hangar facility in Kinston, NC, at the Global Transpark.
The Small Business Persons of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will be compete for the title of National Small Business Person(s) of the Year during National Small Business Week. National Small Business Week 2016 will be observed May 1-7.
The award will be presented locally at the 2016 Small Business Week Luncheon hosted by The Support Center on Thursday May 5, 2016 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley at 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh, NC.
The 2016 North Carolina Small Business Persons are:
Ownership/Management team of NORTH STATE AVIATION, Winston-Salem, NC
Kinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The Company will invest $19 million in Kinston over the next year.
“West is pleased to expand our Kinston facility in order to continue delivering high-value packaging components to our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers,” said Tom Gribbin, Operations Director, West. “In the 40 years that West has been in Kinston, Lenoir County has been a tremendous partner and we are incredibly grateful for the support they have provided which has enabled us to continue to grow our business.”
West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, is a leader in developing and manufacturing packaging and delivery systems that enhance the administration of pharmaceuticals. The company works by the side of its customers from concept to patient to create products that promote the efficiency, reliability and safety of the world’s pharmaceutical drug supply.
“I am excited about the growth of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in Eastern North Carolina,” said Representative John Bell. “When a company expands and invests in the community, it creates more opportunities for its citizens. We appreciate this continued partnership with West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in Lenoir County, and look forward to many years of success for its employees and our citizens.”
“This expansion is outstanding,” said Representative George Graham. “This is progress at its best. This will not only help to grow Lenoir County, but all of Eastern North Carolina. Capital Investment and a world class site designation by West for the Kinston facility has the potential for job creation for our local workforce, the North Carolina Global TransPark, and for young people who will be graduating from high school. This will hopefully aid in the fight to attract young talent back to Eastern North Carolina. West has been good to stay and rebuild in Kinston, Lenoir County. Anything we can do to make this project a success, you can count on us.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from Lenoir County of up to $400,000. Companies receive no money up front and must meet investment performance standards to qualify for reimbursement. Local governments utilize these grants to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity.
“Lenoir County is proud of the longstanding relationship with this company and their commitment to the county, region, and state,” said Lenoir County Board of Commissioner Chair Craig Hill. “The county has been committed to West through tough times and prosperous times. One of the reasons West has remained in Lenoir County is due to this 40 year relationship.”
In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Community College System and Lenoir Community College.
Kinston, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that North State Aviation will open an aircraft maintenance center at the North Carolina Global TransPark in Lenoir County, creating 109 new jobs over the next two years. The company will invest $900,000 over the same period.
“North Carolina is pleased to support North State Aviation as it launches its new presence at the Global TransPark,” said Governor McCrory. “Like aviation itself, this company started right here in North Carolina. Its owners and employees have deep roots in the state, and we’re proud of their continued success.”
North State Aviation, incorporated in 2010, has grown from a Winston-Salem start-up to a company that currently employs more than 400 people. It specializes in the maintenance, repair and overhaul of large transport aircraft. The company counts one of the world’s largest commercial airlines among its customers. North State Aviation is now the largest tenant at Smith Reynolds Airport in Winston-Salem. Its new facility at the North Carolina Global TransPark will employ 109 workers. Salaries will vary by position, but will average $39,688 per year. Currently, the average annual wage in Lenoir County is $32,164.
“North State Aviation’s choice of Lenoir County for this new maintenance center is more evidence that North Carolina’s competitive costs, ready workforce and accessibility put us on the short list of aerospace and aviation industry destinations,” said Secretary Skvarla. “Congratulations to this promising company as it embarks on an exciting new phase of growth.”
North Carolina Transportation Secretary Nick Tennyson joined the Governor in Kinston today. “I was honored to join North State Aviation last year as they celebrated their fourth year of business success, and I am thrilled to be able to celebrate their continued growth by helping welcome this company to their new expansion home at the GTP,” said NCDOT Secretary Tennyson. “We are pleased to support the continued growth of aviation in our state and to help bring more job opportunities to the people of Eastern North Carolina.”
North State Aviation’s new facility at the Global TransPark will serve a client list that includes major commercial airlines. The newly-created positions will include mechanics, inspectors and back-shop utility workers, among other jobs.
“North State Aviation is proud to be a part of the growing aviation business here in North Carolina,” said Charlie Creech, president of North State Aviation. “We anticipate continued success and we plan for this expansion at GTP to be another seed operation that will grow in size and scope as our operation in Winston-Salem has done.”
The recruitment of North State Aviation was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $250,000. Administered by North Carolina Commerce, the One NC Fund provides financial assistance in support of local governments in creating jobs and attracting economic investment. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for grant funds. All One NC grants require a local government match.
“Congratulations to North State Aviation on its choice of Lenoir County for this important aircraft maintenance facility,” said N.C. Senator Louis Pate.
“This is great news for Kinston and Lenoir County,” said N.C. Senator Don Davis. “These new jobs will have a positive impact on this area’s economy and quality of life.”
“I welcome this fast-growing company to eastern North Carolina, and commend our economic development leaders for working diligently to bring North State Aviation to our community,” said N.C. Representative John Bell.
“I look forward to welcoming these new jobs to Kinston and Lenoir County,” said N.C. Representative George Graham. “This will be an important addition to our business community.”
237,100 private sector jobs have been created since Governor McCrory took office in January of 2013.
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the EDPNC, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Global TransPark Authority, NC Works, the North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College, Lenoir County, the Lenoir County Economic Development Department and the Lenoir County Committee of 100.
(Monday, August 24, 2015) Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory along with Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina announced Associated Materials, LLC, a manufacturer of residential building products, will expand its Lenoir County manufacturing operations. The project will create 72 jobs at the company’s facility in Kinston, along with a capital investment of $4.5 million over three years.
“Associated Materials is a leading supplier of premium building products and it has chosen a high-quality location as the site of its latest expansion,” said Governor McCrory. “The company has been a valued member of North Carolina’s manufacturing economy since 1988, and we’re proud that our state will continue to play a key part in its success.”
Founded in 1947, Associated Materials manufactures and distributes exterior residential building products to buyers across the United States and Canada. Headquartered in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, the company provides a comprehensive offering of exterior products, including vinyl windows, vinyl siding, vinyl railing and fencing, aluminum trim coil, aluminum and steel siding, and related accessories. Its products trade under the brand names Alpine Windows, Alside, Gentek, Ultraguard, Preservation and Revere.
“North Carolina’s manufacturing economy continues to lead the Southeast as this expansion by Associated Materials demonstrates,” said Secretary Skvarla. “Today’s announcement also showcases the value of teamwork as we join with our local and state partners in supporting the ongoing growth of North Carolina’s existing industries.”
Associated Materials, which is a vertically integrated manufacturer and distributor, will add 72 new jobs to the existing workforce at its Kinston facility. While salaries will vary by position, the additional jobs will average $32,222 per year. Lenoir County’s average annual wage is $32,164. Associated Materials’ North Carolina workforce also includes 62 positions at locations in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Raleigh and Wilmington.
“We are very excited to announce this expansion at our facility in Kinston, NC. Our investment in this facility will create opportunities for those in the area looking for good, full-time manufacturing jobs,” said Bill Topper, Executive Vice President of Operations, for Associated Materials, LLC. He added that “Associated Materials would like to thank North Carolina’s Commerce Department for its support of the project, as well as the local support from Lenoir County and the City of Kinston, and others that came together to help this expansion move forward.”
The project was made possible in part by the One North Carolina Fund, a performance-based grant of up to $200,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for funds. One NC grants also require and are contingent on financial matches from local governments.
In addition to the N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, NCWorks, the North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir County Economic Development, Lenoir County and the City of Kinston also partnered in support of Associated Materials’ choice of North Carolina for the expansion.