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Main Street Minute: Wilson wastewater treatment company expands territory

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Michelle Nowack dressed as Catwoman Saturday to renew her wedding vows with Dean Nowack, who wore a Batman costume. The Raleigh couple were joined by many fellow comic fans at Arkham Comix for the event that coincided with the Wilson store's first anniversary celebration. Brie Handgraaf | Times
Michelle Nowack dressed as Catwoman Saturday to renew her wedding vows with Dean Nowack, who wore a Batman costume. The Raleigh couple were joined by many fellow comic fans at Arkham Comix for the event that coincided with the Wilson store's first anniversary celebration. Brie Handgraaf | Times
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A family-owned Wilson business has expanded into Virginia.

Aqwa Inc. has worked to be a leading company in wastewater treatment equipment sales and service across the Carolinas since 2002, but officials recently received approval to be the AdvanTex dealer in Virginia.

“The AdvanTex Treatment System is the closest thing to a bulletproof wastewater treatment system out there,” said Aqwa President Steve Barry. “Now, it’s our job to show everyone what it can do. With the focus on nutrient limitations in the Chesapeake Bay and Smith Mountain Lake regions, growth pressures in northern Virginia, as well as environmentally sensitive trout streams in the Blue Ridge, we expect the AX-Max to be very well received in Virginia.”

Aqwa has installed the system in many subdivisions on Lake Norman, RV parks, a nuclear power plant, in state parks and several schools across the state.

“Our new mission is to rid the world of traditional aeration ‘package plants.’ They are simply the wrong technology for flows less than 100,000 gallons per day,” Barry said in a press release. “If we don’t get rid of those tired old ‘package plants’ and replace them with more stable and scalable technologies like the AX-Max, the environment will continue to suffer and owners will continue to pay too much.

“We’re going to keep doing everything we can to leave cleaner lakes and rivers to our kids and grandkids, and this is another step along that path.”

Small Business Successes

According to the Small Business Optimism Index, small businesses reported historically high sales in June.

“Small business owners continue to report astounding optimism as they celebrate strong sales, the creation of jobs and more profits,” said National Federation of Independent Business Research Center President and CEO Juanita Duggan. “The first six months of the year have been very good to small business thanks to tax cuts, regulatory reform and policies that help them grow.”

June is the seventh consecutive strong month of reported sales gains, including a 10 percent net gain of all owners reporting higher nominal sales in the past three months than the first quarter. According to the report, 63 percent of owners reported hiring or trying to hire employees — a 5 percent gain from May — but 87 percent of those hiring reported few or no qualified applicants.

The sales trend rang true Saturday during the first anniversary celebration at Arkham Comix in Wilson. Several hundred people took advantage of deals and enjoyed a vow renewal ceremony for Batman and Catwoman, a union that served as a much anticipated storyline for the current Batman comic book series. More than 20 people dressed up in their favorite comic book character costume for the occasion and many attendees decorating a Joker mask to wear during the affair officiated by Gotham Police Commissioner James Gordon.

“When we put together this event for our customers, we wanted to create something real and exciting to show our community how much we appreciate their dedication,” said Arkham co-owner Tiffany Young. “Saturday was a perfect culmination of that dedication with hundreds of happy faces laughing and crying, having cake and celebrating the love of comics.”

Extra! Extra!

Duplin Winery has started selling two new wines among its selection of more than 40 muscadine wines. The white wine Summertime Strut and red Coastal Shag debuted this month as the driest wines from the vineyard.

“We have many customers that wanted to see additional dry wines on our product list and we love making our extended family happy. We made it happen and are pleased with the outcome,” said Duplin Winery co-owner Jonathan Fussell. “We have been busy coming up with new wines this year, and we aren’t finished with the surprises just yet.”

Got an idea for news to include in next week’s Main Street Minute? Don’t hesitate to reach out to me at 252-265-7821 or bhandgraaf@wilsontimes.com.

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