New Belgium breaks ground on Asheville brewery

May 2, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Seven months later than it originally had planned, New Belgium Brewery broke ground Thursday on its $175 million brewery in West Asheville. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based brewing company will employ about 140 workers when it opens in late 2015. 

Apodaca provides update on coal-ash bill

April 25, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

N.C. Sen. Tom Apodaca told the Mills River Town Council that he and other legislators are working on the third draft of a bill regarding coal-ash cleanup that will be introduced when the General Assembly convenes on May 14. The Henderson County Republican said the bill mandates that ash ponds at Duke Energy's active coal plant at Lake Julian be closed and removed within five years.

Asheville's Moogfest gets started with discussion on economic development

April 24, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

This week's five-day Moogfest festival kicked off Wednesday with a panel discussion on how to attract new jobs – particularly those in technology and innovation – to the region in a changing economy. 

Food Safety Act may alter symbiotic relationship between brewers, farmers

April 21, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

The FDA has proposed tougher standards for breweries regarding how they handle spent grain, which could lead to higher costs for brewers and local farmers. Currently, farmers use the grain as an affordable feed source for livestock, but The Food Safety Modernization Act may force breweries to instead haul the grain to landfills.

La-Z-Boy to cut 100 jobs in Caldwell, Wilkes counties

April 18, 2014

(Winston-Salem Journal)

Monroe, Mich.-based La-Z-Boy will cut 100 jobs in North Carolina. The Monroe, Mich.-based company will close two warehouses in North Wilkesboro and a wooden-furniture plant in Caldwell County by year-end. It will sell off its youth furniture line to Lea Industries.

Moog Music CEO hopes festival will promote Asheville as creative place to work

April 17, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Moog Music CEO Mike Adams hopes this month's Moogfest festival will help visitors see Asheville as a place to work creatively. The five-day electronic music festival that will add a technology expo this year is being likened to a smaller version of the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Gov. Pat McCrory will be in Asheville to kick off Moogfest, which begins April 23.

Buck Stove to add up to 50 jobs at Mitchell County manufacturing plant

April 11, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Buck Stove Corp. will invest $1 million in its Spruce Pine manufacturing plant and will add 30 to 50 new jobs within three years. The company makes wood- and gas-burning stoves and patio products and recently signed a deal to make steel components for N.C. artist Bob Timberlake's retail line of outdoor living products.

Sierra Nevada plans Aug. 3 grand opening of Henderson County brewery

April 10, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Sierra Nevada will host a grand opening celebration at its Mills River brewery Aug. 3, capping off a 15-day Beer Camp Across America tour, a series of beer festivals that will kick off in its hometown of Chico, Calif.

Natural-products industry growing in Asheville

April 10, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Over the past three years, 15 new natural-products manufacturers have established businesses in the Asheville area, bringing 48 full-time jobs.


Stanley Furniture closing Robbinsville plant, laying off 400 workers

April 3, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

High Point-based Stanley Furniture will close its manufacturing plant in Graham County, laying off 400 employees. The plant closing essentially ends domestic production for the company, which will keep just 95 workers at assembly and warehouse operations in Virginia.

Owner plans two hotels at BB&T building in Asheville

April 3, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

The BB&T building in downtown Asheville will house a 120-room AC Hotel by Marriott and a 150- to 170-room boutique hotel, as well as six floors of vacation rentals and condominiums. Owners say they plan to begin construction later this year.

Plastics manufacturer to expand Henderson County plant

April 2, 2014

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Plastics-manufacturer Elkamet will invest $2.35 million and hire 15 to 20 new workers at its plant in East Flat Rock. The company makes plastic components for vehicle manufacturers including Ford and Volkswagen. Hiring for the new jobs will begin this summer.

ASU's first Sun Belt game to air on national TV

April 2, 2014

(The News & Record, Greensboro)

Appalachian State University's first Sun Belt Conference football game against Georgia Southern will be televised nationally on ESPNU on Sept. 25.

Global real estate site ranks Bryson City No. 3 on national list

April 1, 2014

(The Smoky Mountain Times, Bryson City)

World Property Channel, a Miami-based news network for the real-estate industry, ranked Bryson City third on its list of best mountain towns in America behind first-ranked Coeur D'Alene, Idaho and second-ranked Estes Park, Colo.

Sierra Nevada could open Mills River tasting room by summer

April 1, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

With much of the construction complete at the new Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River,  a small tasting room could open as early as July. The Chico, Calif.-based brewer is now brewing two of its popular beers there, and expects to produce 350,000 barrels a year once it reaches full production.

Bernhardt Furniture celebrates 125 years in business

March 31, 2014

(The News-Topic, Lenoir)

Family-owned Bernhardt Furniture Co. celebrated the 125th anniversary of its founding Friday. The company, founded in 1889, is now in its fourth generation of family leadership. 

National report shows slower revenue growth at U.S. Indian casinos

March 27, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

A recent report shows that revenue growth at tribal casinos, including Harrah's Cherokee Casino and Hotel in Western N.C., has slowed. Revenue at Harrah's was up almost 3% in 2012, compared with 5.8% the previous year. Weak economic recovery after the recession and a rising number of U.S. Indian casinos contributed to the decline in growth. 

Watauga County bridge dedicated to fallen officer

March 26, 2014

(The Watauga Democrat)

The U.S. Highway 421 bridge over the South Fork New River near Boone was dedicated to the late William Mast Jr., a Watauga County Sheriff's deputy who was killed while on duty in July 2012. 

Tupelo Honey Cafe to open eighth restaurant in Atlanta

March 21, 2014

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville's Tupelo Honey Cafe will open a new location in Atlanta by fall 2015. It will be the company's eighth restaurant; others are in Asheville, Charlotte, Greenville S.C., and Tennessee. The first Tupelo Honey opened in downtown Asheville in 2000.

Everts named new chancellor at Appalachian State

March 20, 2014

(The Watauga Democrat)

Sheri Noren Everts will become the seventh chancellor of Appalachian State University July 1, succeeding Ken Peacock. Everts has been provost of Illinois State University since 2008.