Duralee Fine Furniture adding 41 jobs in Morganton

June 25, 2015

(The News-Herald, Morganton)

Duralee Fine Furniture is expanding in Burke County and plans to add 41 new jobs at its 180,000-square-foot plant. A division of Bay Shore, N.Y.-based Duralee Fabrics, the company received a $410,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority for renovations to the building, which was built in 1963.

Mills River cidery preps for production

June 25, 2015

(Hendersonville Times-News)

Bold Rock Hard Cider expects to begin production at its new, 22,500-square-foot Mills River facility by the end of the summer. The Virginia-based company plans to use Henderson County apples in its hard cider.

A-B Tech closing Enka campus

June 23, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will close two buildings on its Enka campus by the end of September as part of a cost-cutting effort. The Enka campus houses programs including a small business incubator and craft beverage institute; President Dennis King said the school will try to relocate as many programs as possible.

TE Connectivity meets goal of adding 40 jobs in Buncombe County

June 22, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Buncombe County commissioners awarded TE Connectivity more than $37,000 in incentives in exchange for the company creating 40 jobs in Fairview over the last two years.

Asheville's 5x5 economic-development plan exceeds goals

June 19, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Since July 2010, 36 companies have invested more than $1 billion and created 6,385 jobs in the Asheville region, according to the Asheville-Buncombe County Economic Development Coalition. The activity exceeded the goals of Asheville's 5-year economic-development plan, which aimed to create 5,000 jobs and draw $500 million in capital investment in five target sectors.

Oskar Blues ramps up production at Brevard brewery

June 11, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

With a 30% increase in annual sales, Oskar Blues Brewery in Brevard will increase capacity from 85,000 barrels to 210,000 barrels. Construction on the project, which includes a 17,000-square-foot building addition and an expanded wastewater treatment building, is expected to be complete in six months.

Montreat College welcomes students from Florida school

June 10, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Montreat College has extended an offer for students of the shuttered Clearwater Christian College in Florida to transfer without delaying graduation or incurring additional costs. Each Clearwater student would receive a $6,000 award in addition to other financial aid for which the student may be eligible.

Asheville breweries pay living wage to retain, attract employees

June 8, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

More than a dozen breweries in the Asheville area pay their employees a certified living wage, while others strive to pay workers fair wages in a competitive industry and an expensive housing market. The Asheville Brewers Alliance estimates local brewers employ more than 1,000 people.

AdvantageWest to close by year-end

June 5, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

AdvantageWest will cease operations by year-end after 21 years. The regional economic-development group, which represents 23 counties in western N.C., is working to transfer its programs to other nonprofits in the region.

Asheville's AvL Technologies adding 90 jobs

June 4, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

AvL Technologies will create 90 new jobs in an expansion of its Asheville plant, where it makes mobile satellite antenna systems. Buncombe County commissioners approved incentives of more than $300,000 for the 21-year-old company. AvL will invest at least $11.5 million in facility improvements.

Three sentenced to prison in Seven Falls case

June 3, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Three people involved in the Seven Falls real-estate and bank fraud case were sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Eight people have received prison time in the case, which involved a failed residential development in Henderson County. Developer Keith Vinson is scheduled to be sentenced June 25.

A-B Tech faces budget shortfall

June 2, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College will lay off six employees and cut another four jobs through attrition as a result of an unexpected budget shortfall. The college will receive less state funding than expected due to a 4% drop in student enrollment.

Blowing Rock health care facility to open March 2016

May 29, 2015

(The Watauga Democrat)

Construction of Chestnut Ridge at Blowing Rock, a health care facility on 68 acres that will replace Blowing Rock Hospital and an extended-care center, is moving ahead of schedule and is now 47% complete.

Record job growth lifts Asheville housing market

May 28, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Local job growth – which is twice the national average over the last year, according to an economist with Nationwide Insurance –  and steep rents are contributing to a strong housing market in Asheville.

Duke Energy to shutter Asheville coal plant

May 20, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Duke Energy Progress said Tuesday it will close its 376-megawatt, coal-fired power plant at Lake Julian within five years. The utility will build a new 650-watt, natural gas-fired plant that also will utilize solar energy. Duke plans to invest $1.1 billion in the project, which includes a new transmission substation in South Carolina. Pending state regulatory approval, the new plant could go online by 2020.

Western NC, upstate SC leaders join forces

May 20, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Business leaders from western North Carolina and upstate South Carolina met Tuesday to discuss taking a regional approach to economic development. The inaugural meeting of the I-26 Regional Business Leadership drew more than 80 business members from cities including Asheville, Spartanburg, S.C., and Greenville, S.C.

Asheville's Biltmore Village attracts new merchants

May 19, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville's historic Biltmore Village is thriving, with nine new independent merchants slated to open by June. Retail shops and restaurants there have reported a 5 to 20% increase in sales from 2013-14.

Asheville City Council cracks down on short-term rentals

May 14, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Members of the Asheville City Council want to toughen enforcement on short-term property rentals gaining popularity through websites such as Airbnb.com, saying the practice turns quiet, residential neighborhoods into noisy hotel districts and reduces affordable housing.

New Belgium's distribution center is complete

May 13, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

New Belgium Brewing has completed construction of a 141,000-square-foot distribution center in Enka. The Fort Collins, Colo.-based beer company's West Asheville brewery, which will serve the eastern United States, is under construction and scheduled to open by year-end.

Asheville restaurateurs: Lower taxes would help with wage issues

May 7, 2015

(Asheville Citizen-Times)

Asheville restaurant owners say there's no quick fix to wage disputes in the industry, particularly in a city where a rising cost of living forces many workers to live outside the city limit.