Wilmington’s Carter family creates a packaging giant

Not everyone was blindsided when inflation shot up this summer to its highest level in 40 years. Rusty and Wes Carter, the father-and-son team who lead Wilmington-based Atlantic Packaging, saw it coming a mile away. 

“We saw [inflation] coming a year and a half ago and coming in double digits,” says Rusty, who is CEO. “Especially in paper, in lumber, in resin. And it has not slowed down a bit. Demand has been outrunning capacity.”

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