Industry Spotlight: BioResource International

BioResource International (BRI) is a biotechnology company specializing in the research, development and manufacturing of high-performance enzymes that help poultry and swine producers optimize animal nutrition. Founded in NC in 1999, BRI saw the need for expanded manufacturing and opened a location in Apex in 2012. The company possesses 6 patents and has successfully developed and commercialized three enzyme products. With many leading poultry companies utilizing this innovative nutritional and sustainable technology, it is clear that BRI focuses on creating the best product possible while not sacrificing safety and standards. BRI works with companies from over 40 countries and sells an average of 300 tons/month. The founders of BRI started at NC State and have continued to expand and grow. BRI has been recognized regionally and nationally for the successful translation of academic research into a profitable, growing business within the emerging sector of agricultural biotechnology. In 2012, BRI made the Inc 500 list of fastest- growing privately owned businesses in the U.S.

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Industry Spotlight: Axccellus

Founded in 2013, Axccellus was formed to fulfill a need for solutions for small to mid-sized OEM’s and large end users. Axccellus provides full machine and motion control integration, OEM contract machine building, custom machine guarding, machine programming, custom fencing and sub-assembly production. By focusing on the customer, Axccellus has been able to attract the best and brightest manufacturing design engineers in the industry. Due to the flexibility and cost effectiveness of the company, Axccellus is poised for rapid growth over the next few years. This company is the perfect solution for any OEM or large end user because it is flexible, responsive and creative, allowing its customers to differentiate themselves in the respective markets and industries. Axccellus serves the corrugated manufacturing, factory automation, food and beverage packaging, injection molding, machine tool, pharma packaging and specialty equipment industries.

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Industry Spotlight: Weststar Precision

Since 1996, Weststar Precision has been providing early supplier involvement support to the aerospace, medical and alternative energy industries. Their reputation as a dependable supplier comes from utilizing the skills of their employees as well as equipping each employee with top-notch software and equipment. Weststar Precision serves as an international strategic outsourcing partner for many top aerospace industry OEM brands as well as their sub-suppliers. Weststar Precision assists many clients from the development stage to final product to accommodate their specific needs. The main capabilities of Weststar Precision include precision machining, fabrication/assembly, burrfree cutoff, waterjet machining, rapid prototype development and 3D printing. Within those capabilities Weststar Precision specializes in aircraft structural components and aircraft interiors (both structural and cosmetic).

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Industry Spotlight: Potters Industries

In 1968 Potters Industries open a plant in Apex, North Carolina to further expand its presence as a leading producer of engineered glass materials. Potters Industries utilizes recycled glass to remanufacture glass beads that are used in fabricated plastics, automotive body putties and much more. In fact, Potters recycles over 1 BILLION pounds of glass each year. Potters primary focus is that of highway safety. Potters introduced the concept of embedding glass beads into highway safety markings to create reflective lines that drivers could see day or night, rain or shine. The innovative concept has been so well received that Potters Industries has a global demand for its products. They have met that demand by having a physical presence in 25 locations spreading across the United States and Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, France, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Germany Poland and Thailand.

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Industry Spotlight: George Pickett and Associates

George Pickett and Associates or GP&A is based in Apex, NC and specializes in electrical products for the electric industry in the Carolinas and Virginia. Being a multi-person multi-line facility, GP&A proudly works with 20 different product lines. In order to provide exceptional service to its clients, GP&A is committed to a philosophy that represents excellence in each detail of their work. GP&A understands the direct impact the products they supply have on each of their clients and because so strive to have the highest degree of professionalism in market knowledge, experience, integrity, performance and trust. Many members of the GP&A staff have completed multiple professional courses and continue to take courses that enrich their product knowledge.

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Industry Spotlight: Griffin Motion

Founded in 2005, Griffin Motion provides high precision motion products to the OEM market place. In the fall of 2015 Griffin Motion expanded their manufacturing capabilities by moving to a new 20,000 sq ft. building in Pinnacle Business Park. By employing the golden rule throughout their business, Griffin Motion has become a leader in the manufacturing industry. This one-stop-shop takes the client’s needs from conception to a fully-tested and complete final product. The design team utilizes the latest version of SolidWorks and has a flexible mindset as to how their products can be manipulated to provide exactly what the client needs. This customized process helps to standardize inventory, reduce lead times and provide highly competitive pricing. All production and prototyping work is performed in house and made with the highest quality machine tools available.

Griffin Motion specializes in:

  • Semiconductor manufacturing
  • Aerospace
  • Laser machining
  • Medical applications
  • University research
  • Automotive testing
  • Military projects

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Industry Spotlight: Bland Landscaping

Bland Landscaping Company was established in 1976 and has proudly called Apex home from the very beginning. Currently employing over 200 people, Bland Landscaping provides commercial and high-end estate landscaping with a strong emphasis on service excellence.

Landscape Management recently released the 2016 Top 150 landscaping companies in the United States and Bland Landscaping was ranked 111th!

As one of the very first Green Plus Certified companies in the nation, Bland is undoubtedly a leader in the landscape industry. Along with their commitment to providing an environmentally safe and sustainable service, Bland Landscaping also is committed to the local community that surrounds each location, whether that is Apex, Durham or the Charlotte area. In fact, all upper management and office employees are required to volunteer at least 16 hours each year! The Triangle area has seen this first-hand through Operation 400 Hands, a full day of pro-bono landscaping that takes place in December to assist local charities in need of professional landscaping work that they otherwise could not afford.

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