Table of Contents July 2012
Politics had long been the rule of the roads in North Carolina, with a seat on the N.C. Board of Transportation one of patronage’s prize plums. Marc Basnight, for example, had used his as a springboard to a 27-year career in the state legislature, including 18 years as Senate president pro tempore. By the time he retired in 2011, U.S. 64 barreled across the coastal plain, a highway of almost interstate quality from Raleigh to his hometown of Manteo. What got built where often was based not so much on need as whom you knew and what strings they pulled.
Once a day every day, what INX International Ink Co. makes in its Charlotte plant reaches everyone in the U.S. At least it works out that way on paper. Domestic consumers go through more than 100 billion aluminum cans a year — nearly one a day per person. Their colors come from this factory, the world’s largest producer of ink to decorate two-piece metal cans. Virtually all of it that is used in this country is made there.
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G.D. Gearino's final words.