Three Asheville area businesses among those honored as North Carolina’s “companies to watch”

Three Asheville area businesses are among the 25 named “North Carolina Companies to Watch” by CED and the Edward Lowe Foundation. Both are private, nonprofit organizations promoting entrepreneurial efforts in North Carolina. Hickory Nut Gap Farms, Moog Music, and FLS Energy are all slated to be honored at an awards ceremony September 21 at the American Tobacco Campus in Durham.

FLS Energy is an Asheville-based company which installs large-scale solar systems on residential and commercial properties, and was recently ranked 46th in Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the nation. The company has had a staggering 4,300 percent growth in revenue over the past three years.

Moog Music is an Asheville-based company which manufactures electronic musical instruments. The company was founded by electronic music pioneer and long-time Asheville resident Robert Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer.

Hickory Nut Gap Farm is a 350-acre farm based in Fairview which specializes in pastured beef, pork, and chicken, selling those meats in five states. The farm has been in the same family for four generations.

To see the full list of North Carolina businesses honored by CED this year, click here.

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