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December 8, 2017

Vinyl Company to Invest $18M in New Morganton Facility

VEKA, a German-based vinyl extrusion company, will invest $18 million in a new Morganton facility after the city and Burke County approved economic incentives for the project, previously known by its code name Quantum Leap. The company will invest the money over the next four years, during which it plans…

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December 8, 2017

What’s Next for Stadium Project?

Now that the city’s financing plan for its downtown stadium has been accepted by the state, local leaders say it’s time to drill down on the details of the project. Mayor Jay Wagner said at a city press conference Wednesday that site preparation work will begin next month and construction…

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December 8, 2017

City Makes Progress on Unoccupied Downtown Properties

The Henderson City Council will soon vote on the futures of a pair of downtown properties after the city’s land planning committee met Wednesday to discuss recommended actions regarding the old First National Bank building and the building that formerly housed Abagayle’s Books. Though not formally up for sell yet,…

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December 8, 2017

Early Opening for Long-Awaited Grocery in Grifton

“We opened up before the grand opening because we would have 10 people every day asking, ‘When are you going to open?’ So, we opened up early,” manager Maria Sanchez said. Grifton resident Ronnie Starraw is excited to be able to stay in town to buy her produce. “It is…

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December 8, 2017

Bermuda Run OKs Comprehensive Plan Update

The town council completed its work on the Comprehensive Plan with official approval of the five-year update coming in last Tuesday night’s meeting. A public hearing, where no one spoke, was held before the unanimous vote by the council of the town’s vision for the future with major goals including character…

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December 1, 2017

Kannapolis Rising From the Ashes; Downtown Revitalization Project Kicks Off

As hundreds of Kannapolis officials, business people and residents celebrated the kickoff of the city’s Downtown Revitalization Project during a ceremony Thursday morning, Mayor Darrell Hinnant told them Kannapolis is rising from the ashes. “In some sense we will be like that mythological phoenix that is that beautiful bird that…

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December 1, 2017

Medical Diagnostics Firm to Create 153 Jobs in Henderson

A Raleigh-based medical diagnostic testing company plans to expand in Henderson, creating 153 over the next five years. Two months ago, Chief Executive Chad Price said Tuesday, the fast-growing company was ready to expand in another state until Henderson came forward with an offer. “We traveled the entire country, and…

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December 1, 2017

Dessert Ingredient Manufacturer Expands in Concord

One of the leading manufacturers in specialty dessert ingredients worldwide will now have an even bigger operation in Cabarrus County. PreGel America will add 110,000 square feet to its Concord facility, investing $14.4 million in equipment and building expansion over the next four years. “PreGel is excited about the opportunity…

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December 1, 2017

Wilmington Riverfront Development Ahead

Ding dong, the deck is down. Demolition on the Water Street parking deck in downtown Wilmington is complete, with just some site work left to go. And the structure that will replace it could start to rise as soon as March, according to city officials. River Place, a $83.6 million,…

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December 1, 2017

Everybody Loves Sylva: ‘Three Billboards’ a Nationwide Hit

What movie made more money per theater this past weekend than “Thor: Ragnarok” and only slight less than the Julia Roberts crowd-pleaser “Wonder”? That would be “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri,” the Fox Searchlight film shot last year in Sylva, Black Mountain, Clyde, Maggie Valley and other Western North Carolina…

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