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Cape Fear Pride: From Denmark to Burgaw

Niels Jorgensen's success story starts far from Burgaw in a small island village in Denmark. As a high-schooler Jorgensen went to South Carolina as an exchange student quickly falling in love with the American south. Jorgensen said, "I knew I was going to come back after I returned home." He more than just returned. Several years ago he started his own business in Burgaw, building kilns to dry wood for high-end hardwood products and sterilize wood shipping pallets -- adding a new page to his family's history in the lumber industry. "My great-grandfather was building windmills," Jorgensen said. Nowadays it's still a family affair. Jorgensen's dad is his business partner. His mom works in the office. His wife works in the office, too. In October they'll welcome their first child. "I feel that I appreciate everything a lot. And I think America offers a way for honest people to do business," Jorgensen said. It's a business that has led Jorgensen to a small town he says he has grown to like very much. He says it's a taste of America far different from the Hollywood version a lot of people around the world expect when they come here. "A family friend visited and said, 'I can't believe this.' She was very happy she got to visit this area as opposed to LA or New York, because she saw a probably different side that no one else sees," Jorgensen said. A small-town American backdrop for his chapter of the American dream, finding success in business, in family and in life. "I feel very blessed and fortunate in how far we have gotten and the skills that we have been given to accomplish some of these things," Jorgensen said. Jorgensen says one of the reasons his family's business has been successful is because it is cheaper to run it in Burgaw than in northern Europe.

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