2007-04

Article Title Issue

Amen in uniform

An Asheboro apparel maker thought a new contract would be the answer to its prayers. Now it’s singing the GI blues.
2007-04

Backing Black pays off for chiropractors

Forget Bank of America. Never mind Microsoft. The investment Tar Heel chiropractors made in Jim Black makes blue chips look like cow chips. For a modest amount, they got a law that has returned millions of dollars in business.
2007-04

Business gets good when his customers are hurting

For General Dynamics Inc., the 21st century and its conflicts have been good for business. And Mike Mulligan, president of the defense contractor’s Charlotte-based Armament and Technical Products division, sees no immediate slowdown. “Given the war and the pounding everything is taking, there’s going to be a lot of demand for refit of equipment and replacing things that have been worn out.”
2007-04

Charting the best courses

I’ve been playing golf only 10 years — long enough to know that, although I love the sport, I stink at it. That seeming contradiction is common among players I know
2007-04

Crane company exec has given RTI a lift

You couldn’t blame Earl Johnson Jr. for sticking with the plan at RTI International. It generated $546.3 million in revenue for the fiscal year ended Sept. 30, up 16.8% from the previous year. He’s been on the nonprofit research organization’s board since 1972 and its chairman — just its second — since 1993.
2007-04

Did N.C. get hung up on call centers?

Technology can be as fickle as the traditional industries it was recruited to replace. Take call centers, considered a successor to textiles and furniture for providing low-paying, low-skill jobs. The latest case in point: Cigna Corp., a Philadelphia-based health insurer, announced it will close its Charlotte call center in June, letting go 315 people.
2007-04

He'll do more than just peddle paddling

At 27, Sutton Bacon has been a consultant for Coca-Cola and Holiday Inn. Now he’s CEO and president of Nantahala Outdoor Center Inc. He took over the Bryson City business’ top job Jan. 1 from Payson Kennedy, one of its founders 35 years ago.
2007-04

High Point says it must be addressed

High Point officials can’t do much about the perception that the city, despite a population of more than 90,000, plays second fiddle to Greensboro in Guilford County.
2007-04

Like many in the state, this 1,200-acre Sandhills farm raised tobacco as a money crop. Now it’s for the birds.

Some call quail a gentleman’s bird. There’s no need to be in the field at break of day, so a hunt at The Webb Farm usually doesn’t begin until about 9, after a hearty breakfast for overnight guests. Then it’s back to the lodge at noon for lunch, the kind that, if this place didn’t draw such serious hunters, would have them thinking about naps rather than the afternoon’s shooting, which runs to around 5. That is, unless the dogs keep pointing up birds.
2007-04

The wonderer

Pilot Therapeutics’ odyssey leads a scientist to discover there’s more — and less — to business than he thought.
2007-04