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Regional Report Charlotte October 2011

LINCOLNTONLincolnton Furniture will begin production at a 311,000-square-foot factory here by year-end. CEO Bruce Cochrane says the plant will employ 130 by 2013.

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Regional Report Eastern October 2011

Open Grounds Farm Inc. (cover story, September) took a direct hit from Hurricane Irene, though preparation and timing were on the side of the largest farm in the eastern U.S.
2011-10

Regional Report Triad October 2011

In September, Gov. Beverly Perdue announced that completion of the Greensboro Urban Loop will be accelerated with Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds, which borrow against future federal support to pay for present projects.
2011-10

Regional Report Triangle October 2011

DURHAMMetabolon, which tests medicines and other products for drug companies and universities, raised $13.1 million in venture capital. It plans to expand its business and add 20 employees to its 105-person workforce by the end of this year.


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Regional Report Western October 2011

By any measure, Wilkes Hardware Co. doesn’t stack up to its one-time crosstown rival.
2011-10

Supply-side economics

Around midnight, the spring sky spawned a twister that tore through Belmont, a small town just across the Catawba River from Charlotte. It ripped an 82,000-square-foot warehouse in half, strewing structural steel and sheets of siding like shrapnel and soaking the ruins in rain.


2011-10

Taken to the extreme

It appears I have become an extremist. I know this because other people have declared it to be so.
2011-10

Bending the rules

You don’t have to look hard to find a business owner, be it a big-time developer or a small retailer, with a story about unwanted government regulation.
2011-09

Betting on a Shore Thing

Change along our coastline has been a constant since the present system of barrier islands and associated estuaries and their wetlands first formed several thousand years ago.
2011-09

Eyes on the prize

The median change in the three-year total shareholder return for the state’s largest public companies was an increase of 49.7%

2011-09

Face value

Chivalry is not dead, but it nearly killed me. Here’s how it happened.
2011-09

Green-hued monster

Because I’m a man prone to hopeless causes — that’s what growing up an Atlanta Falcons fan will do for you — I have oodles of sympathy for people who place their faith in the idea of a “green” economy.
2011-09

High-Yield Investment

Green into gray, earth into a hazy sky, one melts into the other. Motionless in the sultry morning, corn seems to stretch to infinity.

2011-09

Regional Report Charlotte September 2011

Charlotte boosters spent more than $700,000 — most of it tax money — on a Center City 2020 Vision Plan that focuses on what they want to see downtown but is fuzzy on details of how to get it.
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Regional Report Eastern September 2011

Most of Mount Olive-based Andy’s Burgers, Shakes & Fries Inc.’s franchised and company-owned restaurants are in eastern North Carolina.
2011-09

Regional Report Triad September 2011

It’s not as if Guilford County doesn’t love Honda Aircraft Co.
2011-09

Regional Report Triangle September 2011

A report that shows North Carolina’s publicly traded biotechnology companies increased profits more than any other state’s might be overstating it — at least where the Triangle is concerned.
2011-09

Regional Report Western September 2011

Gambling has paid off in spades for western North Carolina, according to a study by UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School paid for by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

2011-09

Down the rabbit hole

Illegal immigration can do funny things to politicians.
2011-08

One nation under nanny

President Obama came to town a few weeks ago, and much levity ensued.
2011-08