Written by Shawndra Russell | Photos by Anthony Harden
When a successful South African manufacturer decided it was time to think bigger, its eyes turned to America—and, eventually, to Western North Carolina.
“We’re like a microbrewery for the wood industry.”
That’s Cormark International, an importer of exotic woods from all over the world that, since the late ‘90s, has quietly been building a multi-million-dollar operation in Weaverville, as described by owner Fabs Corte.
And with only 12 other noteworthy exotic wood importers in America—and really, only five true competitors that are focused on distributing small batches similar to Cormark—the exotic wood industry may very well follow in the footsteps of craft beer, as consumers shift away from mass market items to higher quality, unique, and better made products in many sectors.
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