MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) – Marine scientists from all over are coming to the Crystal Coast to set up shop, and the Morehead City-based Geodynamics is one company reaping the benefits.
Founded in 2001, the company specializes in marine mapping, monitoring and analysis for groups like NOAA and the U.S. Navy.
“I’d say maybe 85 percent of our work is the federal government,” said Chris Freeman, Geodynamics president.
So what specifically do they do?
“I think here most people are familiar with the idea of a fish finder or a quick bottom sensor on a boat,” said Sloan Freeman, Geodynamics CEO. “So what we do using a really accurate fish finder; it sends out a single pulse of sonar to find the depth. Or it sends out a swath — an array of pulses — many times per second. So what you get is a painted picture of what exactly the bottom of the ocean looks like.”
It’s not just along North Carolina’s coast. Geodynamics works all over the mid-Atlantic, from Delaware down to Florida.
But everything they do is based out of the Crystal Coast Business Park.
“Being based in a small town like this was instrumental,” said Sloan Freeman. “We were able to get an SBA loan through a small bank here in town. And we’ve just had really great resources in terms of research scientists that we can on to do partnerships with different universities. And it’s a great area to bring employees to, too. People that appreciate this lifestyle are really happy to move to Carteret County.”
For Carteret Economic Development Council interim director Greg Lewis, being able to point to Geodynamics’ success is a plus.
“It’s a very good employer to the county,” said Lewis. “I think the wages are somewhere around twice what the state average wages are. So we’re very fortunate to have those types of jewels in our economy.”
The Freemans also tout the quality of life as another major reason why the company decided to make Carteret County home.
“We’re happy to grow here in the county and excited to continue doing so,” Chris Freeman said.
In fact, Geodynamics is expanding.
“As we reach the limit of our footprint in this business park, it’s great to have some space to expand to across the street in the same park,” said Sloan Freeman. “We can keep all of our people and all of our assets in the same location for growth.”