Skip to main content
_FB_2018-Icons-finalized-cleaned-up_new_FB_2018-Icons-finalized-cleaned-up_newGroup 9
Scroll to top

A Prime Time for Meridian

Chris Gilder is the CEO of Meridian, a fast-growing self-service solution company. Meridian creates custom interactive kiosks for some of the largest brands in the world. “I think there are self-services applications really for any industry, and it’s all about enhancing that customer experience,” says Gilder.

You may think that a company like this would be in Silicon Valley, but you’d be wrong. Gilder and his team are actually housed in Aberdeen, North Carolina, one of the small towns in Moore County that’s home to a surprising number of big industries. “When you’ve got a little company in Aberdeen that really not many people have heard of, and we have Intel and Hertz and Hewlett Packard and these people coming to visit us here every month, it’s pretty eye-opening for us.”

Gilder is originally from North Yorkshire, England but moved to the United States when he was 20 years old. He fell in love with the Pinehurst/Southern Pines area while visiting a friend of his years ago. “It reminded me a lot of where I grew up in England. A lot of stores and banks, everything downtown. A very quaint area. I fell in love with the place and three kids later, here we are.”

Concept to Completion

Meridian prides itself on owning every step of the process. “Our tagline (Concept to Completion) really relates to us doing all the design and manufacturing in-house, bending the sheet metal, powder coating, and assembly. Also, with the acquisition we did in 2009 of the software company in Canada, we also do the software application and development as well.

One of the challenges Meridian faces in Aberdeen is that they don’t have the pool of software talent that can be found in a larger metropolitan area. In order to solve that problem, Gilder and his team have partnered with Sandhills Community College. “Our guys are teaching a class there,” says Gilder. “We’re really trying to develop local talent here. It’s good for any business that comes here, so we can attract more of the high-tech businesses into the area.”

A local commitment required a local financial partner and Gilder is quick to point out how First Bank has helped Meridian become one of the fastest growing companies in the state…“The biggest challenge when you’re a growing company is your bank relationship.” said Gilder. “That’s certainly something that First Bank delivered for us. They gave us the financing that we were looking for to expand the company, to continue growing the company, and they’ve been great to work with.”

With cutting-edge technology, a growing business, and a dedication to their local community, Meridian’s future is sure to be bright!

To learn more, watch Meridian’s Business Spotlight video.

Trending Topics

Construction Loans 101: Adjustable Rates

If you’re considering building a home, one of the more pressing concerns is the rate you’ll receive for a construction loan. For residents of the Carolinas, First Bank* has convenient locations to stop by for a...

What Are 15 Year Mortgage Rates?

What are 15-year mortgage rates? It seems like a long time doesn’t it? But when you really think about it, 15 years is nothing. Think of all the things you’ve done, the places you’ve been and the people...

How to Get a Custom Homeowners Insurance Quote Without a Calculator

Homeowners insurance may not be the most exciting part of buying a home, but it’s one of the most important. Buying a home is probably your biggest investment, so use every tool to make sure that you’re...

First Bank Southern Pines Review

A local bank can be the driving force behind the economy of a small community. With a population of under 14,000 residents and a strong economy—Southern Pines, North Carolina is backed by local banks like First Bank....

Find New Business Loan Options in Asheboro, NC

If you’re looking for a new business loan in Asheboro, NC, you’ve got options. First Bank offers a wide selection of loans to help business owners succeed in the competitive market. Whether you’re...

Best Business Checking Account in South Carolina

If you’re planning to open a business in South Carolina, you will need a business checking account. If you already own a business but are looking to switch banks, you’ll want the best business checking account....

New Business Loan – Jacksonville, NC

First Bank helps businesses get off the ground in Jacksonville, NC with our new business loans and various sets of helping hands. Our new business loans can provide a lump sum of cash for your business to finance...

Banks in North Carolina

Did you know there are more than 100 First Bank locations in North Carolina? It’s true. You can find us in over 60 cities, mountains to coast. Did you know we’re one of the oldest banks in North Carolina? Yup,...

Five Reasons to Refinance Your Mortgage

Banking professionals suggest mortgage refinancing when homeowners want to replace their current loan with a new one, often to reduce monthly payments or lower interest rates. With a mortgage refinance, your current loan...

Best Bank for Checking Account – Jacksonville, NC

If you’re looking for the best bank for checking accounts in Jacksonville, NC, it might look a lot like the First Bank’s located on New Bridge Street and Western Blvd. Behind the diversity, convenience and...