MADE Winners: Manufacturer Category

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 17, 2021

Cape Fear Catamarans

Year founded: 2003
Number of employees: 8
Top official: Barry LeRay, owner and lead designer
Company description: Custom builder of aluminum hull catamarans used by fishermen, pleasure cruisers and fire and rescue departments
Target market: “Any boater or organization that demands high-end craftsmanship and desires a boat customized to their exact specifications”
Company growth: “We've evolved from the early days of solely building commercial work boats to a wide line of vessels of varying size and capability. Over just the last few years we’ve expanded from mid-sized fishing and cruising boats to large charter boats and emergency service craft for major cities.”
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? “We prioritize working with local suppliers and companies whenever we are able. We are only able to make our product due to great supply chain partners in the region.”
What are your future goals for the product? “As the recognition and demand for our specialized product grow, we hope to be able to continually expand our offerings. Demand for larger boats continues to trend steadily upward and we want to be able to meet that demand.”

CDB Corp.

Year founded: 1989
Number of employees: 73
Top official: Herbert Haas, managing director
Company description: Maker of dental braces and clear aligners
Target market: OEMs and distributors around the globe
Company growth: Grown over the decades “into a global player for dental brackets and clear aligners”
How has your product helped impact the region’s economic development? Through using new technologies
What are your future goals for the product? “further developments with new production technologies and developing AI”


Year founded: 2000
Number of employees: 71
Top official: Michael McWhorter, CEO
Company description: “Mojotone is trusted by over 250 industry brand names as an OEM pickup, cabinet and amplifier builder, and we serve countless boutique brands, hobbyists and DIY enthusiasts by supplying parts, kits and services that support the successful completion of their builds.”
Target market: Guitar players
Company growth: “At the company’s inception in 2000, Mojotone operated out of a small warehouse with only two employees. Over the last 20 years, we have expanded our operation in every way possible. Our product line has grown to include guitar parts, speaker cabinets, fully functional hand-wired amplifiers and many other product extensions. In 2017, the company expanded its manufacturing footprint from 12,000 square feet to 40,000 square feet. The Mojotone team of employees has grown from two to over 70 without any limit on the horizon.”
What are your future goals for the product? “Our immediate focus for future growth is expanding into other international markets including the UK, Japan, Germany, Australia and Canada.”

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