Made in Cabarrus Docuseries

The Made in Cabarrus Docuseries is a five-episode video series that introduces and connects five manufacturing companies that operate in Cabarrus County: Complete Design and Packaging, Corning, Ketchie, Lilly, and Safewaze. While each featured company is unique and different in size, scope, and personnel, there are unifying concepts that unite them all. Each episode in this series focuses on a different theme that they all share.

We also appreciate representatives from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, North Carolina Manufacturing Institute, The Chamber, and Kannapolis City Schools for being a part of this series.

This docuseries is sponsored by Lilly and produced by the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation.

Made in Cabarrus Docuseries

The Made in Cabarrus Docuseries is a five-episode video series that introduces and connects five manufacturing companies that operate in Cabarrus County: Complete Design and Packaging, Corning, Ketchie, Lilly, and Safewaze. While each featured company is unique and different in size, scope, and personnel, there are unifying concepts that unite them all. Each episode in this series focuses on a different theme that they all share.

We also appreciate representatives from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, North Carolina Manufacturing Institute, The Chamber, and Kannapolis City Schools for being a part of this series.

This docuseries is sponsored by Lilly and produced by the Cabarrus Economic Development Corporation.


Made in Cabarrus

Episode 1
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In this episode, you will get to know the foundation of each of these companies, what it is that they make, and who it impacts. You will also hear from employees about the culture that is made as well in the careers they have found with each of these manufacturers.

Made in Cabarrus

Episode 1
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In this episode, you will get to know the foundation of each of these companies, what it is that they make, and who it impacts. You will also hear from employees about the culture that is made as well in the careers they have found with each of these manufacturers.

Legacy in Manufacturing

Episode 2
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Cabarrus County has a rich history in manufacturing even though the landscape has changed significantly over the years. Business owners and company leaders share their journeys in this episode that highlights how the term “legacy” can and has taken many different forms. Whether that is length of time in business, family member involvement, or investment for the future, it’s all happening here.

Women in Manufacturing

Episode 3
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Women are doing great things within the manufacturing companies in Cabarrus County, even though it is still considered a traditionally male-dominated field. Whether they are working side by side with their male counterparts on the shop floor or leading the way with innovation and unique leadership styles, their impact is seen and felt daily.

Modern Manufacturing

Episode 4
Release Date: June 20, 2024

Manufacturers in Cabarrus County are dispelling the myths of what jobs in manufacturing look like as the introduction of technology and robots have become key tools for their growth. State-of-the-art machines are helping these companies innovate and create on a regional and a national scale, and the people behind the operation of this equipment are excited about the work they perform every day.

Future of Manufacturing

Episode 5
Release Date: June 24, 2024

What makes Cabarrus County unique is the strong connection that exists between our manufacturing companies and the organizations that support the workforce of the future. In this episode, you will hear how our K-12 school systems, community colleges, and chamber of commerce all work together to connect and prepare students or people seeking a job change with careers in manufacturing.


Made in Cabarrus | Feature Articles

You may be surprised to find out that many products that you use on a regular basis are made right here in Cabarrus County! Below, we have spotlighted some of the businesses in our community who are producing well-known items that are then distributed to consumers across the nation — and globe!


CMC Dry Ice | CMC Industrial Services of North Carolina | Coleman Industrial Gases

Family Blazes a Trail with Three Business Ventures

For the past 22 years, the Coleman family has been a cornerstone of the business community in Cabarrus County, embarking on a journey that has seen them evolve from humble origins to pioneering leaders in their field. What started as CMC Industrial Services of North Carolina has blossomed into a multifaceted enterprise, driven by a passion for innovation, a commitment to quality, and a deep-seated desire to serve their community.

One of the hallmarks of the Coleman family’s approach to business is their willingness to take risks and embrace new opportunities. From venturing into dry ice manufacturing to purchasing a fleet of rail car tankers for carbon dioxide transportation, they’ve never been afraid to take chances. This spirit of adventure, coupled with a strong work ethic honed during Mike’s time in the military, has propelled them to new heights time and time again.


J.King Guitar

Local Entrepreneur Makes Retail Shop Dream a Reality

When you walk past J.King Guitar on the way to the West Ave District retail shops or to a Cannon Ballers game, you can’t help but notice his wall of beautiful guitars. Whether you are looking to add a vintage guitar to your collection or buy your first one, you are sure to be impressed by his selection on consignment in his retail store.

  • Owner Jack King posts new acquisitions on his Instagram page, but a visit to the store allows you to experience each guitar in person. In addition to consignment, King offers in house guitar repair service including everything from simple set-ups to more involved jobs like fret work and refinishing.

King said there was a surge in guitar sales during the pandemic as people looked to start new hobbies. Combined with artists who are always looking for a new sound, the guitar consignment business has heated up and King is happy to be a part of it, especially in the growing downtown Kannapolis district. You can also find an assortment of guitar straps, amplifiers and other accessories at his shop.


Whitley Monahan Handle

Family-Owned Whitley Monahans Handle Has Been Making Products You Use Every Day Since 1960 in Midland, NC

Bunk and Arlene Whitley founded Whitley Manufacturing in 1960 in Midland, NC. Not only is L.W. “Bunk” Whitley credited with incorporating Midland in 1999, but he was also the town’s first mayor. He was an integral part of efforts to prevent annexation of the town by fast-growing neighboring municipalities before he passed away in 2005. The company name changed to Whitley Handle, Inc. and again to Whitley Monahan Handles after a merger with Illinois-based Monahan Company. But locally, they are still referred to as Whitley Handle.

Arlene vividly remembers getting the company off the ground. “We received our first several invoices, and I asked myself…how are we going to pay these? But I asked the Lord and He said we would be ok,” she said. If you have never put all of your hopes and dreams into opening a business, you may not realize what a strong role faith plays in that decision, but Arlene certainly did, and it has worked out well for her family.

Today, Whitley Handle employs approximately 40 people, many of whom have been with the company long-term including several with over 30 years of experience. Patrick himself started on the production line when he was just a kid.


Snyder Packaging, Inc.

Four Generations of Leadership Keep This Company Family-Focused

Cabarrus County is home to 190 manufacturers with 5,500 manufacturing employees and more on the way with several major announcements of new projects coming to our area. One local manufacturer has been operating as a family-owned business in Cabarrus County for almost 100 years and you have probably never heard of them.

When Production Coordinator Matthew Griffin, grandson of President David Snyder, took us on a tour of their facility, he stopped to introduce us to almost every employee. He shared their name, which high school in Cabarrus County they attended and often something significant about their families. He did the same for his international employees, sharing what country they are from and a tidbit about their lives. It was evident that he was familiar with more than just the work lives of the employees, so when he also shared that some of their employees have worked at Snyder Packaging for decades, we weren’t surprised.

“We have between 80-100 employees, and we produce customized packaging to fit our client’s needs. Our family-owned company has strong Christian ideals with five family members that work full-time and several others who work when needed, said Griffin. “We are a truly successful company, one that is able to stand the test of time and turn our endurance into products of tangible value.”

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