CVCC is the area’s premier provider of technical and academic instruction and preparation for life-long success. A long-time supporter of entrepreneurism, talent development for business and industry and a driver of innovative, forward-looking change in how higher education is viewed, President Garrett Hinshaw, is a founding supporter of GFB Connect and serves on its Board.
Alex Lee Corporation is an 89-year old, Hickory, NC based corporation which now includes Merchants Distributors, LLC and Lowes Foods, LLC. Their Mission and Purpose says it all: “Customers are the focus of everything we do.” “We support growth. We create opportunities. We grow community.”
Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of Hickory is a diversified and major Business Service and Foodservice Distributor for Western NC with a long history of superb community support.
Kontane Logistics is a Catawba County-based corporation founded as Kontane, Inc. in 1975 as a manufacturer of wooden crates used to move and store household goods. Started by entrepreneur Ed Byrd, Kontane became a leading packaging designers and suppliers in the Southeast. Further transition of the business model led to Kontane Logistics, a dedicated third party logistics provider with four operations in NC and SC and exports to several countries around the world.
CVMC is the region’s largest not-for-profit community hospital and “exists to heal and comfort patients, to promote and foster a healthier community, and to ensure access to healthcare to all who need it.” Providing a wide array of medical specialties and highly trained staff, CVMC has become known for its caring environment and staff, its impressive technology, its alliances with physicians and – notably – one of Catawba County’s largest employer.