Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:37 AM

Broyhill layoffs due to low business, ex-worker says

“It’s not fair what they’ve done to us and the way they’ve done it,” said the former employee, who asked not to be named, adding that the 20 or so laid-off employees were mostly upholsterers hired in the past six months.

Mar. 07, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Building computers; building the future

At each of eight tables, students hovered over a black, metal box, unpacking rainbow-colored wires and shining metal parts, diving in to assemble the pieces, looking more like surgeons on the operating table than students putting together computers.

Thursday was the third annual computer-building workshop with Google, and this year the focus was on teaching kids just what it takes to work in the technology and computer-based fields, including more than just the working parts of a computer.

Mar. 06, 2014 @ 09:14 AM

Broyhill quietly makes layoffs in Lenoir

Heritage Home Group told Broyhill Furniture employees of layoffs from its Lenoir operations on Monday, two employees told the News-Topic separately, but the company's management has not publicly announced it and did not return calls about it Wednesday.

Mar. 05, 2014 @ 08:55 AM

Lenoir downtown development director to leave for Harnett County

For nearly four years, Nick Dula has worked to bring businesses to Lenoir and revitalize a struggling downtown.

But after next week the city will have to get along without him.

Mar. 04, 2014 @ 03:04 PM

Hibriten grad gives ASU students gift of a first impression

Tiffany Davis, a Hibriten High School graduate and a senior management major at Appalachian, came up with the idea as she watched students file in to networking events hosted by the business school. You’d see “black suit, black suit, black suit … cargo pants,” Davis said — students were making do with what they could afford, and not all could afford professional attire.

Mar. 02, 2014 @ 10:14 AM

Contamination brings transload deal back again

After environmental contamination derailed a previous deal for Lenoir and Caldwell County to buy the freight-transfer operation known as the transload facility, a smaller, less expensive deal emerged.

But while the Caldwell County Board of Commissioners signed off on it a month ago, the new proposal awaits a decision by the Lenoir City Council — which has not publicly discussed it, scheduled it for consideration any time soon and has no timetable for doing so.

Feb. 26, 2014 @ 07:52 AM

Caldwell's economic successes of 2013 celebrated

Since Exela Pharma Sciences came to Lenoir in 2008, many people have had the same question for the company’s president and CEO.

“A lot of people ask me, ‘Why Lenoir?’” Phanesh Koneru said Tuesday while accepting the Industry of the Year award for Exela at the annual Caldwell Economic Development Celebration at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center. “Probably by God’s grace, maybe, and maybe part coincidence.”

The Caldwell County Economic Development Commission presented the Herman Anderson Award to Allen Stewart, a retired architect whom the EDC described as “a man of civic enterprise” whose far-reaching work in the community “exemplifies the qualities” of the award’s honorees.

Feb. 18, 2014 @ 10:57 AM

Making a house, a town––a home

Rose Noakes came to Lenoir deliberately, scrutinizing cities in the Southeast, staying in hotels for weeks at a time trying to find the place with the right ingredients — community, culture, people.
It wasn’t an easy journey, but when she got to Lenoir, it was an easy choice. Noakes was looking for a place to start her dream.

Feb. 13, 2014 @ 04:01 PM

Some Caldwell medical offices to delay opening

For Friday, Feb. 14, a number of divisions and services of Caldwell Memorial Hospital will open at 10:00 a.m.

Feb. 12, 2014 @ 08:31 AM

Chinese buyers tour Lenoir distillery

It’s a product that’s uniquely Western North Carolinian, conjuring images of backwoods mountain men brewing spirits in copper stills nestled in hollows.

And soon, perhaps, a batch of traditional mountain apple brandy distilled in Lenoir could be bought halfway around the globe in China.

Feb. 09, 2014 @ 07:02 AM

Marx Industries succeeds by dedication, employees

Mark Kiser used to work for what is now his competition, until his father encouraged him to break from the pack and start his own business.

That’s exactly what he did and in 1983 founded Marx Industries, a manufacturer of custom foam products -- cushions, pillows, mattresses, footstools and more for the furniture industry and other customers.

Feb. 06, 2014 @ 05:27 PM

Caldwell County unemployment rate unchanged

Caldwell County’s unemployment rate held steady in December at 7.5 percent, the N.C. Department of Commerce reported Wednesday.

That interrupts a string of five consecutive months of drops in the rate but still leaves the county with a rate as low as it had been since June 2008.

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

Granite Falls to seek grant to bring expanding business to town

The Granite Falls Town Council agreed Monday to apply for a grant that would help a business move from Lenoir into a vacant building on North Main Street.

Feb. 04, 2014 @ 08:07 AM

County gets better deal to buy transload facility

The price Caldwell County will pay to buy the transload facility off U.S. 321-A that moves freight between trucks and rail cars has fallen by more than two-thirds since November 2012.


Feb. 02, 2014 @ 08:26 AM

Showroom closures part of Heritage Home changes

The Broyhill Home Collections showroom on U.S. 321 in Blowing Rock that welcomes every northbound visitor as they turn onto Main Street with its ornate stone-and-log construction has closed.

The showroom closed Friday, along with Broyhill showrooms in Hickory and Granite Falls, according to The Blowing Rocket newspaper and Furniture Today, a furniture industry publication.

Jan. 29, 2014 @ 08:57 AM

City council sets new long-term priorities

The construction of a medeival cathedral makes a great analogy for public projects, as the individuals who start the project know that they will never see the finished product.

This idea permeated Lenoir's biannual city retreat, where the city council and staff set their priorities for the next two years.

Jan. 26, 2014 @ 09:06 AM

Innovation, dedication lead Bakers Waste Equipment to success

Most people pay little attention to the fabricated metal bins they throw their garbage and recycling into, but at Bakers Waste Equipment, those bins and containers are constantly being re-imagined and improved.

Jan. 24, 2014 @ 08:12 AM

94th chamber dinner celebrates champions

A champion is a person who takes on a cause with passion, and fights for that cause.

Thursday night, at the Caldwell Chamber of Commerce’s 94th Annual Dinner, “A Celebration of Champions,” members of the Caldwell County community who have done that were honored. Members of Caldwell County governments, businesses, schools, hospitals and more gathered for the dinner and to hear the legacies of three individuals who have given themselves and their works to Caldwell.

Jan. 23, 2014 @ 02:32 PM

Deadline for Google grants approaches

Applications for Google’s community grants are accepted year-round, with submissions due before midnight Pacific time on Jan. 31 and June 30.

The community grants program supports organizations and initiatives that focus on specific areas that match Google’s passions.

Jan. 12, 2014 @ 08:43 AM

Bernhardt Furniture announces expansion

Bernhardt Furniture Co.'s 250,000-square-foot Plant 4 building, on Connelly Springs Road north of Cajah’s Mountain Town Hall, will become the new home of the table product lines now made at Plant 3 in Lenoir and Swivel Task and multi-purpose seating products now made at Plant 7 in Lenoir. The move will allow for expansion of operations in all three buildings.

Jan. 12, 2014 @ 08:15 AM

Ingenuity, quality the foundations of Construction Attachments

Charles Corriher was on a business trip to England in the early 1980s for a tractor dealership when he noticed a product that he thought would sell well in the U.S.

He went to visit the owner and became a partner in the company, bringing the manufacture of swing-over forks, or forklift arms that fit onto a bulldozer bucket, to Lenoir in 1983

Jan. 08, 2014 @ 08:43 AM

Slide in local unemployment continues

The unemployment rate for Caldwell County fell to 7.5 percent in November, the N.C. Department of Commerce reported Tuesday. The last time the rate was that low was June 2008.

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 08:29 AM

2013 was the year of biotech in Caldwell County

Caldwell County's economy remains dominated by manufacturing, especially furniture making.

But 2013 was the year that biotechnology made a splash as a rapidly growing segment of the county's economy.

Dec. 24, 2013 @ 08:24 AM

2013 verdict for Caldwell County farmers: 'drowned out'

Looking back on the growing season for farmers in Caldwell County, one thing sticks out: rain.

“Rain is definitely the big thing. It basically made planting on time a challenge, and some crops were drowned out,” said Seth Nagy, director of the Caldwell County Cooperative Extension Service.

Dec. 22, 2013 @ 08:20 AM

Quality, expertise live at Autumn House

Autumn House opened for business in 1978 on a small exit off Interstate 40 in Icard, making mostly skateboards.

Founders Howard Pruitt and Ernie Rosenquist established the company to fill a need they saw in the market for curved plywood, especially among the well-established nearby residential furniture companies.