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Wes Carter Featured on Business North Carolina’s 2022 Power List

Wes Carter Featured on Business North Carolina’s 2022 Power List

Wes Carter is featured on Business North Carolina’s 2022 Power List.

The magazine creates its annual report on the state’s most influential leaders by seeking nominations, talking with sources, doing research, and referencing their coverage of North Carolina’s business community.

Wes is featured in the manufacturing section of the 2022 Power List. 17% of North Carolina’s economy is represented by companies that make products. These businesses employee approximately 450,000 workers.

The people on the Power List shared their thoughts on early morning routines, keys to success, favorite hobbies, great hangouts, and restaurants.

Wes Carter’s Contribution to the 2022 Power List:

Carter, 43, started sweeping floors at age 14 at the company founded by his grandfather. The UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and his father, Rusty, who is CEO, lead a company that employs 1,000 at 18 locations in the United States and the Caribbean.

Pre-workday motivation: Around 5 a.m. I spend time in reflection and meditation, followed by a sauna and cold plunge routine. I take one of our two kids to school most days and provide a rock-and-roll education on that ride. It’s one of the highlights of my day.

Key to industry success: Creativity and collaboration. At Atlantic Packaging, we are focused on creating solutions for our customers, and that almost always requires creative thinking. Those organizations don’t need just another commodity broker.

They need support from companies willing to understand their challenges and create comprehensive programs.

Three people to share a meal: Jeff Bezos, Elon Musk and the Dalai Lama.

Proud family accomplishment: Our courage and humility. My father, Rusty, and grandfather, Horace Carter, have had immense success in their lives, both overcoming many obstacles. Both men set the example of what it means to be a humble warrior and a compassionate leader.

Favorite hobby: Surfing, skiing, fishing, hunting, hiking, climbing, or just sitting under a tree. Sharing that with my wife and kids is a great joy for me.

Where to entertain a visitor: The south end of Wrightsville Beach on my parent’s porch looking out across Masonboro Inlet.

Power List – Wes Carter (Online)

Power List – Wes Carter (Print: See page 104)

Full 2022 BNC Power List

Atlantic Employees Assist UNICEF in Supporting Ukrainian Children

Atlantic Employees Assist UNICEF in Supporting Ukrainian Children

UNICEF is supporting the children of Ukraine by providing access to safe water, nutrition, hygiene, health care, psychological care, education, and protection. Atlantic employees show their support for the UNICEF initiative by donating funds to the cause.

UNICEF has been in Ukraine since 2014, addressing the impacts of conflict in the eastern region on children. Operations are increasing across the country since war broke out Feb. 24, 2022. Schools, hospitals, and critical infrastructure are frequent targets of attacks limiting access to essential services. UNICEF has been providing critical support to Ukraine’s health system by delivering essential medicines, midwifery kits, surgical kits, and other lifesaving supplies to health facilities since the war’s start.

On March 3, 2022, Atlantic began a relief fund campaign to assist UNICEF in its aid of Ukrainian children as a part of its goal to continually promote a sustainable workforce and cultivate a strong internal culture. Atlantic promotes several company-wide programs, such as our wellness program, that advance our culture of health, sustainability, and productivity. The business also conducts on-demand initiatives in response to emergencies and current events. Atlantic Employees across North America and Central America generously made donations to the initiative to support Ukrainian children. On the final day of the campaign, March 18, 2022, the business made a matching donation to its employee contributions resulting in a donation of $36,100.10.

Atlantic and its employees thank UNICEF for allowing us to assist them in their noble mission and efforts in Ukraine. Our hearts go out to the Children of Ukraine, and we wish them all peace and comfort during this tragic time.

Atlantic 2021 Year in Review

Atlantic 2021 Year in Review

We’re taking time to reflect back on the year 2021 and all that we’ve experienced together.  We’ve seen new growth and expansion amid challenges brought on by the pandemic and massive supply chain issues.  We’ve made a difference by staying strong and resilient in our operations so our customers can continue to trust and rely on us.  And we’ve felt renewed passion for our mission in this world by driving sustainability and sustainable practices throughout our entire network and beyond.

Thank you to our Atlantic community of customers, partners, suppliers, and employees. We find inspiration through you everyday and we head into the new year with a sense of hope and anticipation for the future.

We’re wishing you and your family a safe, happy, and healthy new year in 2022!

Atlantic Printing & Graphics Is Zero Waste Certified

Atlantic Printing & Graphics Is Zero Waste Certified

We are extraordinarily proud to announce that Atlantic Printing & Graphics in Tabor City, NC has been officially certified as a Zero Waste facility. This status is verified by Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) through their TRUE Zero Waste Certification Program.

Atlantic Printing & Graphics achieved this by diverting more than 90% of its waste from the landfill for the most recent 12 months at the time of certification.

We are also proud to be the first packaging company to achieve a Zero Waste Certification through the TRUE Program at GBCI. It’s inspiring and incredibly motivating to set this standard and chart the path for ourselves and for the entire packaging supply chain.

This first certification is such an exciting development in our Zero Waste journey. Atlantic is truly leading the way in our industry.

Congratulations to our senior leadership and to the entire Printing & Graphics team for your diligence and hard work in achieving this milestone.

Visit from the President of the Dominican Republic

Visit from the President of the Dominican Republic

On Tuesday, November 30th 2021, the President of the Dominican Republic, Sr. Luis Abinader, made an official visit to Atlantic Caribbean in Boca Chica. He toured the facility and met with Atlantic Packaing President, Wes Carter, the regional vice president, Sebastian Tine and the regional director, Yajaira Girón.

The visit from the President commemorated the start of the construction of the second stage of the Atlantic Corporation industrial park in the Excel Boca Chica free zone. This expansion represents an investment of more than $15 million and will generate 350 specialized jobs in the area.

Sr. Luis Abinader spoke with Wes Carter and discussed education, infrastructure and sustainability.

As the world navigates global supply chain issues and companies are acutely focused on the carbon footprint of materials to make and package their products, manufacturing in close proximity to consumers is becoming a priority. The Dominican Republic is an incredible country and is doing amazing work to help companies “near shore” their operations.

Presidente Luis Abinader is making the investments and commitments to create healthy partnerships. Thank you for your vision, señor Luis!

— Atlantic Packaging President, Wes Carter


Thank you to the President and his team for spending such valuable time with our company in Boca Chica and shining on a light on the importance of these partnerships for success.

This visit was covered widely in the media.  You can see two news stories here:

Remembering W. Horace Carter

Remembering W. Horace Carter

Today – September 16th, 2021 – marks the 12th anniversary of the death of W. Horace Carter and the year he would have turned 100.

We honor WHC each year on Founder’s Day and want to take time today to remember our him not only as our founder, but as the visionary who has gifted us with a culture of courage, justice, determination, and compassion.

As we reflect on his legacy today, we can also look at the indelible mark he left on the history of this country in fighting for what’s right. Here is a short video encapsulating his actions leading to the Pulitzer Prize in 1953.



You can watch the full hour-long film narrated by Morgan Freeman here:

Thank you to Horace for leading with honor and integrity and for starting us on a path that we may build upon year after year.  We are truly grateful.