Hidden Giant: HCL


Story by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC- This is the second in our continuing series about large companies you may not know, operating right here in Cary.

Recently, it was reported that HCL, located at 11000 Regency Parkway, would be hiring more than 400 new employees over the next couple of years. Excited to hear such good economic news, I decided to contact them to learn more about the business they conduct in their Cary Delivery Center. Read more

Go Local: Ashworth Drugs


Ralph Ashworth came to Cary as a young pharmacist in 1957.

Cary, NC – When it comes to small town charm, you can’t beat Ashworth Drugs. With a soda fountain, lunch counter and a traditional standard of personal service, it’s like a step back to a friendlier, bygone era. Read more

Profile: Cary Town Manager Ben Shivar

Cary, N.C. – We met with Cary Town Manager Ben Shivar on Friday.  We sat down in the conference room in the Administration Building on Academy Street.

It was “casual Friday” and staff was scurrying around in jeans.  Ben had on a sports jacket and button down.  I teased him about it and he chuckled.

Ben is a pleasant, thoughtful man.  “Tell me about your background”, I said.  “Well, I have 33 years in local government service,” he said.  We joked about whether or not that makes him qualified for the job and then we talked for an hour and a half. Read more

Profile: Cary Fire Chief Allan Cain

CaryCitizen photo by Hal Goodtree

Cary, N.C.- Not long ago we met with Pat Bazemore, the Chief of Police.  The next day, we had an interview with Allan Cain, Cary’s Fire Chief.  Allan is a friendly guy, but matter-of-fact.  It was obvious he is dedicated to his work.  He just laughed when I asked him what he did with his free time. Read more

Hidden Giant: LORD Corporation


Richard McNeel, President of Lord. CaryCitizen photos by Hal Goodtree.

Cary, NC – This story is the first in what we hope to be a continuing series about large businesses that chose to place their headquarters here in Cary. We call the series “Hidden Giants” because they’re big, and somewhat unknown.

We all know about RTP and SAS, but did you know that there are many other world-wide enterprises located right here in Cary? They employ thousands of people, maybe you or one of your neighbors.

One of these Hidden Giants is LORD Corporation. We sat down with Richard McNeel, the President of Lord, a couple of weeks ago. Read more