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Fletcher Business

Landowner seeks industrial zoning on Howard Gap Road

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A property owner is seeking the county's OK to rezone 31 acres on Howard Gap Road at Jackson Road from residential to industrial use. The Henderson County Planning Board will take up the rezoning request during its regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the county building at 100 N. King St.   Read Story »

Tags: Howard Gap | industry | land-use planning

Fletcher Business

WNC reportedly in the running for Mahindra auto plant

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Western North Carolina is among the possible sites that Mahindra, the Indian automotive and tractor maker, could select for a plant that would employ 2,000 people, the Charlotte Observer reports.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | economic development | automotive | Mahindra | carmakers

Henderson County News

Whispering Hills homeowners loud enough to defeat industrial zoning

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners on Monday night denied a rezoning request made by a property owner who wanted to expand a business where large dump trucks park on Whispering Hills Drive near Howard Gap Road.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | disruptive land uses

Fletcher Business

Fletcher plant adding 70 employees

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Smartrac Technology Fletcher Inc., which won economic development incentives from Henderson County and the town of Fletcher in January, is adding nearly 70 more employees as part of a major expansion.   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher | industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Smartrac

Henderson County Business

County could land $19.6 million investment, 54 jobs

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A company that is considering locating in Henderson County would make a $19.6 million investment in plant construction and equipment and bring 54 new jobs paying an average wage of $41,693, according to a public hearing notice for an economic incentives request.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | manufacturing jobs | Partnership for Economic Development

Fletcher Business

Fletcher plant to add 68 jobs paying $47,000/year

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A $27 million expansion would make a Fletcher plant the world's largest maker of electromagnet tags used for retail and wholesale inventory tracking, economic development and company officials say.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | Smartrac

Henderson County Business

Cidery eyes Mills River for new plant

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MILLS RIVER — A Virginia-based hard cider maker with a regional distribution network and aggressive growth plan has optioned land and is in the final review stages for a plant in Broadpointe Industrial Park.   Read Story »

Tags: Mills River | industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Broadpointe Industrial Park | Bold Rock Hard Cider

Henderson County Business

Ray Cantrell, who led Chamber and industrial growth, dies at age 84

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Glenn Ray Cantrell, who was instrumental in the growth of the Henderson County Chamber of Commerce over many years and helped recruit numerous industrial plants to the county, died Saturday at the Life Care Center after a period of declining health. He was 84.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | Henderson County Chamber of Commerce

Henderson County Business

County plans to market old fairgrounds for industry

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Henderson County has won a $175,000 grant to grade the old Fairgrounds property and market it for industrial development.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Henderson County Business

'Hot & Cold,' 'Precept' projects in line for tax breaks

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The Henderson County Board of Commissioners is looking at two proposed economic incentive agreements for new businesses or business expansions.   Read Story »

Tags: Henderson County Commissioners | industry | economic development | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Henderson County Business

State slashes AdvantageWest funding by 70%

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AdvantageWest, the industry-recruiting agency that serves 23 counties in Western North Carolina, plans to identify new revenue sources and use cash reserves to survive a 70 percent cut in state money.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | economic development | AdvantageWest

Fletcher News

Continental to expand plant, add 40 jobs

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FLETCHER — Continental Automotive Systems Inc. announced today a $35 million 88,000-square-foot plant expansion that will add 40 new jobs at its Fletcher plant. The average wage associated with the new jobs will exceed $40,000 a year, compared to the Henderson County average wage of $32,500 a year, the company said.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development | Nathan Kennedy | Continental Automotive Systems

Fletcher News

Brake plant may add 40 jobs

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FLETCHER — Contintental Teves is looking to add up to 40 jobs paying an average of $41,000 a year at its Broadpointe Industrial Park brake-caliper assembly plant.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

North Carolina News

AdvantageWest CEO defends agency targeted for elimination

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The CEO of AdvantageWest, the economic development agency that would be dissolved under legislation progressing in the state Senate, said the agency has been an effective and innovative business recruiter.   Read Story »

Tags: industry | economic development | AdvantageWest

Henderson County News

Burr aide joins county as business promoter

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Henderson County has hired an aide to U.S. Sen. Richard Burr as the county's first director of Business and Community Development.   Read Story »

Tags: business | industry | County Manager Steve Wyatt | John Mitchell

Fletcher Business

New tech jobs in Fletcher will pay $40,000/year

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FLETCHER — A company that specializes in long-life battery and fuel-cell technology will invest $7 million and bring 116 jobs paying an average salary of $40,000 to Fletcher, the company announced.   Read Story »

Tags: Fletcher | industry | Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development

Henderson County Politics

PEP lobbyist: McGrady last in GOP in business survey

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During a local campaign forum PEP executive Larry Rogers told business leaders that state Rep. Chuck McGrady "ranked last of the Republicans relative to the business community."   Read Story »

Tags: Chuck McGrady | farming | business | PEP | industry | NC Legislature