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Guitar makers in N.C. share a do-it-yourself attitude with countless potters, woodworkers and others in the state who make things by hand. It’s unclear how many people are making guitars in North Carolina, but shop owner Todd Atlas said “we are in the golden age of instrument making right now.” 
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Made in small batches by independent, local breweries, craft beer from North Carolina is now distributed throughout the region. The state’s roughly 85 craft brewers are earning national recognition and drawing hordes of enthusiasts, some of whom drive hours and sleep overnight on sidewalks to taste special releases. 
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Jobs have disappeared, but manufacturers find ways to make it in North Carolina 
Made in NC: We still make things in the Tar Heel state
But people in this state still make a vast array of goods – from jet engines to elevator cables to fine china. And the "buy local" ethos that has energized farmers' markets and restaurants has expanded to other products, such as craft beers and clothing that proudly wear the label "Made in North Carolina." This summer, we're visiting some of the people who are making things in North Carolina.
North Carolina has lost hundreds of thousands of manufacturing jobs in the past two decades, as the work moved overseas or was eliminated when machines began performing tasks that had employed people for generations in the state’s mills and factories. In the 1960s, one in four North Carolinians worked in manufacturing; now it’s less than one in 10.
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New Bern: About 5,000 North Carolinians make household appliances, according to the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center. BSH Home Appliances, a joint venture of Germany’s Bosch and Siemens, makes stoves and dishwashers in New Bern at a factory it opened in 1997 and has expanded several times since then.
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High Point: The number of people employed making furniture, fixtures and other wood products declined by more than half since 1990, to about 38,000 last year, according to the state Division of Employment Security. But the twice-annual High Point Market is still the largest furniture and furnishing industry trade show in the world, bringing 70,000 to 80,000 people to the city every six months.
Research Triangle Park: The Triangle's manufacturing base includes companies making a vast array of goods that are ingested, driven, installed and worn. Among the items produced here: lip balm, moissanite gemstones, backhoe loaders, wine stoppers, auto parts, construction cranes and home insulation. The region has also become a hotbed for smaller manufacturers making everything from beer to bow ties to jeans.
Asheville: Craft beer breweries are taking root in North Carolina cities and towns from the mountains to the coast.  But the center of the state’s brewing culture is the Asheville area, where three of the country’s largest and best-known craft breweries -- New Belgium, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Oskar Blues -- have planned or opened new breweries. They’re following more than a dozen home-grown companies such as Highlands and Green Man, which have established a strong brewing culture in a place dubbed Beer City USA.".
Lake Waccamaw: John Pickett Council founded Council Tool in North Carolina in 1886, and the company is still owned and run by his descendants. The axes, sledge hammers and other tools that the company sells are made entirely with American materials. Council, which employs about 50 people, makes all of its products in Lake Waccamaw, about 40 miles west of Wilmington.
Winston-Salem: Tobacco is another mainstay of the North Carolina economy that has declined in recent decades. But the second and third largest tobacco companies in the U.S. -- R.J. Reynolds and Lorillard -- are still headquartered in the state, and both still make cigarettes here. Tobaccoville, a 2-million-square-foot plant just north of Winston-Salem, is Reynolds’ largest factory.
Greensboro:  The recent decades have brought a host of new residents and new companies to North Carolina, making products that have diversified the state’s manufacturing base. The seven-year-old Honda Aircraft Company established its world headquarters in Greensboro and is now in the final phase of testing its small passenger jets, which will be built here as well.
Burlington: Founded in 1880, Glen Raven was among the first textile mills in the South to use dye fabrics and later introduced Panty-Legs, the first line of commercial pantyhose. Over time the family-owned company has shifted to making more technically advanced products, including its popular Sunbrella brand of fade-resistant fabric. The company employs 750 people in North Carolina and 1,600 in the U.S.
This summer, we're visiting some of the people who are making things in North Carolina.
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Manufacturing jobs have disappeared, but survivors find ways to make it in North Carolina
People in North Carolina still make a vast array of goods – from jet engines to elevator cables to fine china.  
Sparta still packs a pipe
Dr. Grabow turns out roughly 140,000 smoking pipes a year in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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