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Family Business Center

A professional and business development organization for family-run businesses

2015 Recipients

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Recipients!

Small Category:  B+E Manufacturing, Monroe

B + E Manu0447-0086facturing has been owned and operated by the Lindenbeck family for more than 28 years and has been in operation since 1968 under the previous ownership. Dirk and Nora Lindenbeck have tripled employment from six to 18. Their two sons are active in the strategic and daily management and operation. B+E Manufacturing is a specialty manufacturer, primarily of custom specialty valve products for heavy industry but also local job shop services focusing on larger part CNC machining, fabricating and assembly. The company is active around the world with valve installations in 18 different countries on 6 continents. All B+E products are 100% designed and manufactured in the USA from American-sourced materials and components. The Lindenbecks attribute their success to their employees, solid customer relationships and great suppliers.

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Medium Category:  SFW – Where Brands Win, Greensboro

0447-0039George King, a marketing professional with roots in the hardware industry, founded SFW with his wife, Lynn in 1984 as The Sales Factory. The company is run today by Ged King, CEO, and his brother Matt, CCO, along with Peter Mitchell, president. SFW is one of the fastest growing marketing agencies in the country and the largest privately owned agency in North Carolina. Everything SFW does — including how the agency gets paid — is driven by a desire to help its clients win in the marketplace. SFW’s unique business model and structure connect research, strategy, creativity and data to engage audiences. SFW’s clients include W.C. Bradley Company’s Char-Broil, Saber and Oklahoma Joe’s brands; TW Garner Food Company’s Texas Pete, CHA! and Green Mountain Gringo brands; Fruit of the Loom, Kobalt Tools and Wake Forest University.

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Large Category:  i play, Inc., Asheville

0447-0008Becky Cannon’s curiosity about how children can reach their full potential inspired her to start her company, i play., Inc. After earning a degree in child development, she moved to Japan to study and teach at a unique kindergarten that was based on holistic philosophy and natural foods. While there, she gave birth to her first daughter, Emi. After having her second daughter, Mari, in the United States, Becky realized that the natural baby products she had discovered in Japan were not available, so she began importing diaper covers in 1982 and made them available to other parents. This was the origin of i play., Inc. Today, Becky, Emi, and Mari are the mother-daughter owners of i play., Inc. What started with one mail-order item has grown into an offering of a family of brands and hundreds of green baby products.

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Century Category:  M.G. Newell Corporation

0447-0031 M.G. Newell was founded by Myron G. Newell, who came to Greensboro from Elmira, N.Y., and opened a store in 1885 that sold everything from hand churns to buggies. The company was first incorporated in May 1908. In 1913, it added farm machinery to its product line. At the suggestion of Newell’s son, Burton M. Newell Sr., the company began specializing in the dairy business in the early 1920s. Over the years, the company has expanded into the food, beverage, pharmaceutical and personal-care industries, having evolved from being a full-line distributor to a full-service systems integration company. The company carries a broad range of pumps, valves, tanks, fittings and other manufacturing supply needs and works with customers to design and fabricate cost effective, customized systems to fit their space requirements.

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