Improving Business in the Wilmington Region

Business Leaders



GE Aviation

GE Aviation, a division of General Electric Company, is the world’s leading manufacturer of commercial and military jet engines and components as well as integrated digital, electric power and mechanical systems for aircraft. GE Aviation also manufactures gas turbines, derived from its highly successful jet engine programs, for marine and industrial applications. In addition, GE Aviation provides comprehensive maintenance support for jet engines in service throughout the world. GE Aviation originally located to the Castle Hayne community of New Hanover County in the mid-1960s.

GE-Hitachi Nuclear

GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy (GEH) develops advanced light water reactors (LWR) and offers products/services used by operators of boiling water reactor (BWR) and pressurized water reactor (PWR) nuclear power plants to improve efficiency and boost output. Products and services include steam turbines designed for nuclear applications, new and refurbished parts, nuclear fuel, inspection and reactor modifications and modernization, plant performance software, and instrumentation such as in-core/ex-core sensors, gamma thermometers, probes, and radiation monitors. In 2011 GEH provided support and assistance to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations in the aftermath of the earthquake/tsunami that damaged the structure.



Corning invented the world’s first low-loss optical fiber in 1970 and is the only remaining U.S.-owned fiber manufacturer. Corning’s Wilmington, North Carolina, fiber facility was the world’s first fiber manufacturing plant and today has the largest capacity in the industry. Wilmington employs several hundred employees and manufactures a full portfolio of fiber products to meet the demands of different network applications from the desktop to the ocean. Continued excellence in manufacturing process control, automation and productivity in Wilmington allows Corning to remain the highest-quality and lowest-cost producer of optical fiber in the world. For more information on Corning optical fiber, please visit

About Corning Incorporated
Corning Incorporated ( is a diversified technology company that concentrates its efforts on high-impact growth opportunities. Corning combines its expertise in specialty glass, ceramic materials, polymers and the manipulation of the properties of light, with strong process and manufacturing capabilities to develop, engineer and commercialize significant innovative products for the telecommunications, flat panel display, environmental, semiconductor, and life sciences industries.

Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless located their Customer Contact Center to Wilmington in the summer of 2004.  Since that time, VW has expanded their workforce to over 1200 employees making it one of the largest employers in the region.  The Center operates as an inbound call center accepting customers billing and service questions.  Located in the midtown section of Wilmington, the 60,000 sf facility is considered state of the art for the industry.  During VW’s time in Wilmington, they have taken on many community causes such as supporting the domestic violence shelter as well as contributions to non-profit organizations and educational institutions such as Cape Fear Community College.

Thermo Fisher Scientific – PPD

PPD clinical development and analytical services enable customers to accelerate innovation and increase drug development productivity. Utilizing patient-centered strategies and data analytics, its capabilities cover multiple therapeutic areas and include early development, all phases of clinical development, peri- and post-approval, novel approaches to patient recruitment and investigator sites, and comprehensive laboratory services. Recognized as a global industry leader in accelerating promising medicines from early development through regulatory approval and market access, it serves pharma, biotech, medical device and government organizations with custom-tailored solutions, including full-service partnerships and functional service partnerships. As a strategic partner in clinical development and analytical services, it applies cutting edge technologies, therapeutic expertise and a firm commitment to quality to help customers deliver life-changing therapies.

Castle Branch

Castle Branch Corporation is one of the nation’s largest background screening and compliance management firms. Founded in 1997, the company arrived in Wilmington in 2002 with 32 employees. Today, with the Port City as its global headquarters, Castle Branch is one of the city’s most dynamic and fast-growing employers. It routinely exceeds industry growth rates and gathers accolades. In 2014, for example, the North Carolina Technology Association named Castle Branch CEO Brett Martin its “Technology Executive of the Year.”

CastleBranch works with some 25,000 companies, organizations and educational institutions around the world, providing information to support critical business decisions, reduce risks and maintain safe, productive workplaces. These services include drug testing, employment verification, immunization tracking, certified records review, document management and more. Its brands include CertifiedBackground, CertifiedProfile, CertifiedHealthcare, CourtSearch and CourtMail. The National Association of Professional Background Screeners (NAPBS), a global trade organization that sets standards and identifies best practices, has accredited CastleBranch and each its brands, a distinction held by just five percent of the company’s competitors. Castle Branch also operates an on-site technology incubator known as tekMountain.

Live Oak

Live Oak Bank serves businesses around the nation with loans backed by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The community bank, headquartered in Wilmington, has no branches, tellers or customer service reps. Its borrowers include dental and medical practices, veterinarians, independent pharmacies, funeral home operators, independent investment advisers and other entrepreneurs. Its loans help finance acquisitions, refurbishment and remodeling of buildings, and construction of new and expanded facilities. Founded in 2008, Live Oak Bank is the third largest originator of SBA 7a loans in the country.


nCino was founded in 2012 by a team of bankers and entrepreneurs who found the commercial lending process to be inefficient and time-consuming. Led by James (Chip) Mahan III, Chairman and CEO of Live Oak Bank, this team recognized the need for a single, comprehensive and secure cloud-based solution built on the Salesforce platform that would enable the bank to increase transparency, efficiency and profitability while ensuring regulatory compliance. The nCino Bank Operating System filled that void at Live Oak, and soon attracted interest from other financial institutions.

In the years following, Wellington Management, Insight Venture Partners, Salesforce Ventures and Bessemer Partners, among others, invested in nCino to help support the company’s growth, global expansion, and focus on customer success. Due in part to industry demand and a transformative product, nCino experienced significant growth, twice earning a place on the Inc. 500 list of America’s Fastest Growing Companies. Today, more than 500 passionate, dedicated employees fuel nCino’s laser-like focus on customer service and product innovation. To ensure a customer-centric approach to implementation, delivery and success, nCino partnered with the world’s leading service companies, building a strong partner ecosystem that complements the core nCino team and Bank Operating System. Top systems integrators and technology service companies including Accenture, Deloitte Digital and PwC support the implementation and delivery of the Bank Operating System to financial institutions around the world.


At Apiture, they believe the future of banking is radically open and uniquely agile–where innovation in channels, products, services and partnerships takes place at fintech speed and without system constraints. Their team of engineers, ex-bankers and fintech-savvy leaders–headquartered in Wilmington, NC–began Apiture in October 2017 with an ambitious goal: to change the future of banking.

Their solutions are changing the game and giving you the ability to shatter your frustrations so you can pursue any channel your customers want. With their solutions, your customers will be able to access their bank on the latest technology, and you’ll never be behind the curve. Their building block approach to interfaces, workflows, functionality and services gives you the ability to leverage our workflow engine that orchestrates everything as APIs. As a result, you, your teams and your bank or credit union can move fast, think big and lead strong–building relationships, reputations and deposits–in record time.

Acme Smoked Fish

Acme Smoked Fish Corporation traces its roots to 1905 and a horse-drawn wagon in New York City that served as its only distribution system. Today, strong global demand for nutrient-rich smoked fish is driving Acme’s fast growth. The company is a leading U.S. name in consumer seafood, with its salmon lox, wild-caught herring, fish salads and specialty-smoked fish distributed under the Acme, Blue Hill Bay, Great American and Ruby Bay brand names. Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Costco and other major retailers stock Acme products for sale to hungry consumers. Acme’s success stems from careful planning, dedication to quality, and a commitment to the communities in which it resides.

Along with its longtime home in Brooklyn, New York, Acme now boasts a major new 100,000-sq.-ft. seafood processing facility in Pender County. The state-of-the-art “dream plant” is facilitating the company’s expansion into international markets. All Acme production facilities are BRC certified, an important global designation that assures high standards of food safety, security and operational quality. The company also requires its suppliers to have Marine Stewardship Council or Best Aquaculture Practices certification, and Acme representatives regularly visit fisheries as part of its quality control. The family-owned company is now in its fourth generation of executive management.


Alcami is a world-class end-to-end contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) headquartered in North Carolina, with executive offices in Durham and Wilmington. With over 1,000 employees operating at ten global locations, Alcami provides customizable and innovative services to small and mid-size pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies by offering individualized and integrated services across multiple areas. We connect our clients with innovative solutions for API development and manufacturing, solid-state chemistry, formulation development, analytical development and testing services, clinical and commercial finished dosage form manufacturing (oral solid dose and parenteral), packaging, and stability services. For more information, please visit


Fortron Industries is a leading global maker of polythenelene sulphide (PPS), a highly heat-resistant substance found throughout the automotive and aerospace industries in pumps and transmission components. It has operated for the past 22 years at a site on U.S. Highway 421 in Wilmington that has expanded numerous times in order to keep up with steadily growing global demand for PPS. About half the company’s product ships to foreign buyers, primarily in Asia and Europe. Easy access to global markets, a productive technical workforce drawn a four-county region and livability assets that attract the nation’s best engineering talent account for Fortron’s success in Wilmington.

Fortron is a joint venture between Japan’s Kureha Corporation and Celanese [NYSE: CE], a global technology and specialty materials company headquartered in Dallas, Texas. Celanese employs approximately 7,400 employees worldwide and had net sales of $6.5 billion in 2013. Kureha Group operates in eight countries, employing over 4,000 people worldwide across its core businesses of advanced products, pharmaceuticals, agrochemicals and packaging materials.