Two grocery store chains, a movie theater company and two restaurant companies have expressed some interest in information about business opportunities in Caldwell County, said the consultant hired by the county to recruit retailers and restaurants.
The public is invited to a presentation next Tuesday morning updating a study to identify potential retailers that could be lured to Caldwell County.
An estimated 600 to 700 people who filled the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir on Thursday morning seeking a job at the twice-annual Caldwell Is Hiring event, where a record 37 employers came with 1,207 jobs to fill.
If it weren’t for his father, Trent Culbertson might not be a barber today. But his father wasn’t a barber — far from it. “My dad used to cut me and my brother’s hair, and there wasn’t no style then, so he’d cut it all off, and I hated that,” Culbertson said.
The number of Caldwell County residents with jobs rose by more than 150 from February to March, helping drive the local unemployment rate down to 6.1 percent, the N.C. Department of Commerce reported.
The employees and management of McCreary Modern Inc. donated $13,320 recently to the Ronald McDonald House of Winston-Salem’s “Sport a Shirt, Share a Night” campaign. McCreary Modern matched the contributions.
All of the high school students who were gathered Tuesday at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center were nervous. They had come for “Meet the Sharks,” an event that gave them a chance to pitch an idea for a business or for an invention or product to a group of businessmen and women, the “sharks,” who would evaluate how well they had done.
Avery Dennison Corp. plans to close its plant in Lenoir, cutting 143 jobs, by the end of August, according to a Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification filed Thursday with the N.C. Department of Commerce.
Buyer registrations for the spring High Point Market exceeded 45,000 for the first time ever, with more than 14,000 buying companies sending representatives to High Point.
The same company that built a just-completed affordable-housing apartment complex on Wilkesboro Boulevard at Linkside Court now has permission to build a second complex farther west on Wilkesboro Boulevard.
Sealed Air Corp. is beginning a two-phased expansion in Caldwell County that is expected within a year to create 20 new jobs.
County officials also hope Caldwell can land a new industry that would create 75 jobs, but the county is in competition with several other sites in North Carolina and South Carolina.
CentriLogic has completed its second expansion in 12 months, totalling $4 million in investment, and may outgrow its building next year, CEO Robert Offley said.
The furniture industry and the world’s largest home furnishings trade show are among those that would benefit from a proposed state bond package, Gov. Pat McCrory said Monday while visiting the spring High Point Market.
Country music singer Eric Church, who grew up in Granite Falls, will sponsor a line of furniture, Pulaski Furniture announced this week.
Economic development is about trying to shape the future, and while Tuesday’s Caldwell Economic Development Celebration marked several milestones on the path to a hoped future economic diversity, the event also honored some names firmly anchored in the county’s history.
The unemployment rate for February was 6.4 percent, down from 6.6 percent in January but still higher than the 5.7 percent reported for December, which was the lowest since early 2001, the N.C. Labor and Economic Analysis Division reported.
King Suzuki of Hickory has purchased Lenoir’s First Place Ford Lincoln in a deal that closed Monday.
A glitch in some tax preparation software hit social services agencies, including in Caldwell County, with a rush of food stamp applications last month.
Beginning in May, Lake Hickory Adventures will start providing cruises and private charters on a 55-foot Bluewater Coastal Cruiser.
Keith Nordan will sell no brandy before its time. And he can’t sell it from his place, Carolina Distillery in downtown Lenoir. But he’s hopeful that soon state law will allow selling directly from the distillery to participants in tours and tastings there.
The fate of the CertusBank branch in Granite Falls is uncertain even as CertusBank is selling its North Carolina branches and leaving the state.
The Granite Falls Town Council slightly increased the size of freestanding signs "at churches, schools, clubs and other recreational facilities in residential zoning districts” to 32 square feet, the equivalent of a sign 8 feet wide and 4 feet tall.
The Foothills Regional Airport plans to ask Lenoir, Morganton, Caldwell County and Burke County to begin financial planning for some big improvements to take place well into the next decade.