Business

Oct. 22, 2014 @ 09:28 AM

Perseverance, service define top ’14 Small Business

The criteria for the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business of the Year Award include attributes like staying power, growth, commitment to community and responding to adversity.

 


Oct. 21, 2014 @ 08:02 AM

Workforce push gives Caldwell industry close look

During the coming weeks, a group of workforce development leaders will be surveying Caldwell County businesses to see where and how the state's workforce development system can be improved.


Oct. 19, 2014 @ 01:54 AM

News-Topic subscribers can get online access to Washington Post

This past week the News-Topic joined forces with the Washington Post as part of the Post's partner program, which allows subscribers to receive the Post’s digital products free.


Oct. 15, 2014 @ 07:14 AM

Chamber showcases everything 'Made in Caldwell'

Socks, large metal trash bins, violins, shopping carts and custom fly-fishing rods all have one thing in common: They’re made in Caldwell County.

Those items are among the wide array of products that are on display today through Nov. 15 at the Caldwell County Chamber of Commerce for its “Made in Caldwell" exhibit.


Oct. 07, 2014 @ 07:48 AM

Hudson group mounts pro-alcohol campaign

Drivers on U.S. 321 soon will see a billboard urging Hudson residents to vote in favor of alcohol sales, and yard signs urging a yes vote also will appear, all sponsored by Citizens for a Progressive Hudson, which has begun working to getting the word out on how alcohol sales could help the town.


Oct. 06, 2014 @ 10:20 PM

Woman wants Granite Falls house turned commercial

Kathy Hefner needs to sell her Granite Falls house, and she has a buyer, but she and the buyer both want the property rezoned for commercial use, possibly a fast food restaurant.


Oct. 03, 2014 @ 10:11 AM

Lenoir meat plant may add 100 jobs

JBS USA, a subsidiary of the world’s largest meat company, is taking over management of a Lenoir meat-processing plant and plans to ramp up production, officials said Thursday.


Oct. 02, 2014 @ 07:07 AM

A mixed picture on the jobs front

Job-seekers will line up for the ninth “Caldwell is Hiring” today amid a muddled economic picture – a report released Wednesday shows a higher local unemployment rate and more people leaving the workforce, yet today’s event will feature a record number of employers with jobs to fill.


Oct. 01, 2014 @ 07:36 AM

American & Efird plant on its way down

The former American & Efird plant at 619 Connelly Springs Road in Lenoir is slowly being dismantled, making way for new development that the owner of the property and local economic development officials hope will bring more jobs and more work to the area.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 08:47 AM

Longtime discount grocer closes

Back in the day, folks drove in from as far away as Jefferson to stock up on cheap groceries. As fast as Odum's Salvage owner Carl Odum could stock the shelves, it would be time to reorder.


Sep. 30, 2014 @ 07:51 AM

Blue Ridge Parkway bouncing back from dismal 2013

In 2013, fewer than 12.9 million people visited the park, the lowest number in nearly 35 years and more than 2.3 million fewer than in 2012, according to National Parks Service data. So far, 2014 visitation is at a faster pace, with almost 760,000, or 8.4 percent, more visitors than there had been at this time last year.


Sep. 23, 2014 @ 04:57 PM

County adds jobs to fight ‘perfect storm’

The Caldwell County Department of Social Services has to hire four full-time workers because of a “perfect storm” that has greatly increased workloads, a DSS official told the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners Monday night.


Sep. 21, 2014 @ 02:49 PM

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Sep. 21, 2014 @ 11:25 AM

Twisted Vine Winery offers space, spirits to unwind

Nestled among the houses and hills in Cajah’s Mountain sits a picturesque red barn, but it’s not housing horses, farm equipment or produce, but a jukebox, tables and chairs, and racks of wine bottles.


Sep. 19, 2014 @ 07:54 AM

Lenoir's 'other' data center celebrates expansion

In an old textile plant on the northern end of Main Street in Lenoir, the rooms are now filled with rows of computer servers with blinking lights, protected by a palm-reading security system and cooled by a huge air-conditioning system.

It’s the city's lesser-known data center, now owned by Centrilogic, which celebrated a landmark expansion Thursday with a ceremonial ribbon cutting.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 08:17 AM

Caldwell's only temp agency expanding

Kelly Pritchard was one of the first people in Caldwell County working at a business that helps companies find temporary workers. Now she runs the only such company left in the county, and it's expanding.


Sep. 18, 2014 @ 07:28 AM

Lenoir tries to encourage more recycling

The small, blue bins that Lenoir once used to pick up recycling door-to-door can now be found around the city, stuffed in basements full of old sports equipment or under the kitchen sink holding cleaning supplies.

But waning use of the center has city officials gearing up for a new campaign to get residents back in the habit of recycling, said Kaye Reynolds, Lenoir's communications and resource director.


Sep. 17, 2014 @ 08:30 AM

Project leader: Study could bring new business within a year

A new study of the potential for new retail and restaurant options in Caldwell County should result within a year in at least one new company breaking ground somewhere on U.S. 321, the project leader for the study told local government officials, business people and property owners Tuesday.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 09:39 AM

Granite Falls losing millions to surrounding area, study finds

In its initial research, Retail Strategies Group found that Granite Falls is missing out on more than $87.1 million in sales across all categories, including nearly $20 million in general merchandise sales and just over $16 million in supermarket and grocery sales, Laura Hudson of Retail Strategies said. That is money that local residents now are going elsewhere to spend.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 09:37 AM

Medical company Adhezion celebrates new, bigger building

Adhezion Biomedical, winner of Hudson’s 2014 Best Business of the Year Award, is more than doubling its footprint on Pine Mountain Road with a new facility that’s nearing completion.


Sep. 16, 2014 @ 07:59 AM

Study's goal is luring new retailers

Over the next few months, Caldwell County's potential for new retail businesses will get a thorough evaluation by a market-research firm.

But the company also will actively court businesses that its research says could be successful here.


Sep. 11, 2014 @ 02:16 PM

Ninth ‘Caldwell is Hiring’ 3 weeks away

For the ninth time, hundreds of jobseekers are expected to pack the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir for the semiannual job fair Caldwell is Hiring.


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 05:02 PM

EDC members talk about contradiction in economic recovery

A little more than 13 hours after hearing a report on the increasing demand on local food banks from this area’s poor, two Caldwell County commissioners listened Tuesday morning to the Economic Development Commission’s monthly report of positive economic indicators. How could both be true?


Sep. 09, 2014 @ 09:41 AM

County gives more time for hiring goals

Three Caldwell County manufacturers were given more time Monday to qualify for incentives that are tied to how many people they hire.


Sep. 07, 2014 @ 08:25 AM

Laurel Park celebrates grand opening

Lenoir and Caldwell County’s first one-stop facility for women’s and children’s health care has officially opened.

The Laurel Park Medical Pavilion on College Avenue in Lenoir celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting and open house Saturday morning.