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6 hours ago, Mel Fischer said:

  Also, I have wondered if Empire was never more then the sales arm of Carolina Enterprises up until the late 70's when Carolina Enterprises changed their name to Empire of Carolina.

Mel

Apparently I was wrong in saying that Carolina Enterprises changed their name to Empire of Carolina in the late 70's.  I found this information in an article from the SEC on August 13, 1998.

The name of this corporation was changed from Carolina Enterprises, Inc.
       to Empire Industries, Inc. as of February 7, 1995. Empire Industries,
       Inc. does business under the names "Empire of Carolina", "Empire
       Manufacturing", "Marchon", and "Caldwell Button Company."

Apparently Carolina Enterprises did business under the name Empire of Carolina starting in the late 70's and continued to do so after changing their name.

Mel

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On ‎2‎/‎24‎/‎2018 at 1:32 AM, Mel Fischer said:

Apparently I was wrong in saying that Carolina Enterprises changed their name to Empire of Carolina in the late 70's.  I found this information in an article from the SEC on August 13, 1998.


The name of this corporation was changed from Carolina Enterprises, Inc.
       to Empire Industries, Inc. as of February 7, 1995. Empire Industries,
       Inc. does business under the names "Empire of Carolina", "Empire
       Manufacturing", "Marchon", and "Caldwell Button Company."

Apparently Carolina Enterprises did business under the name Empire of Carolina starting in the late 70's and continued to do so after changing their name.

Mel

Mel, do mean the official company name?  I have some old toy catalogs.  The 1976 Fall catalog says Empire Of Carolina - A division of Carolina Enterprises, Inc.    The company went public in 1979.  According to a letter from then President Mason Benson in the front of the 1981 toy catalog:  "The year 1980 was Empire's first full year as public company." ........."However, we are proud to report, with your support, Empire of Carolina, Inc. returned a profit to it's shareholders in it's first year of operation.  But, the bottom of the next page says MCMLXXXI Carolina Enterprises, Inc.  Then the back page lists the executives under the heading "Empire of Carolina, Inc.    The 1995 Annual Report lists the main company as being Empire of Carolina, Inc.   A June 1996 Prospectus for a stock offering states: "Empire of Carolina, Inc. was incorporated in Delaware in 1979".  

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