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Dirty Dancing Production HQ Sets Up in Hendersonville

posted on March 17, 2016

The production team and crew for Dirty Dancing’s filming, set production, wardrobe, props and transportation will be based in Hendersonville, North Carolina. The remake will be a three-hour TV movie special, based on the 1987 classic, and will air domestically on ABC.

Principal filming locations will be across western North Carolina, taking place in April and May, with an expected air date in the fall. The project will have a positive economic impact to the local economy through spending over the next few months. An estimated 1,225 jobs including 900 extras, 30 cast members and 225 crew positions will support the project. The movie special will star Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, Sarah Hyland, Beau ‘Casper’ Smart and Billy Dee Williams.

The production has already started spending in Hendersonville, and cast and crew members will be visible in the community. Hotels and accommodation providers, restaurants, and construction materials businesses are expected to see the most economic impact. City of Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk expressed her support for the project, stating, “This community has great sentiment and appreciation for the original Dirty Dancing film, and we are thrilled that they have selected Hendersonville as their home for this production. We are proud that they have chosen to support our community, and our citizens and businesses look forward to supporting them.”

Hendersonville area citizens have a unique opportunity to support and engage in the production as crew, extras and dancers for onscreen roles, and also by providing period vehicles.

Any persons with film industry experience as crew, production assistants, props or set dressing are encouraged to email a resume to dirtydancingmovie2016@gmail.com. Those interested in applying as an extra, are encouraged to send an email that includes two photos (close up and full length), name, age, ethnicity, cell phone number, height, weight, clothing sizes, city and state of residence, and a list of any tattoos or piercings that can be seen in summer attire to ddmoviecasting@gmail.com. Please include in the subject line indication of age, ethnicity, gender, and city and state of residence. Dancers should send the same information as well as dance experience and styles to ddmoviedancers@gmail.com. To submit a period vehicle for use in the film, email a current photo, photo of the owner, year, make, model, a list of dents and damage, owner’s name, phone number, city and state of residence, and vehicle location to ddmoviecars@gmail.com.

Henderson County Welcomes GF Linamar

posted on February 22, 2016

GF Linamar LLC, a joint venture between Georg Fischer AG and Linamar Corporation, announced plans today to create 350 jobs and construct a state-of-the-art aluminum die casting operation in Henderson County, North Carolina. Drawing from both partners’ expertise, the company will produce light-weight powertrain, driveline and structural components for the automotive industry.

“We are very pleased to announce that we have selected Henderson County, North Carolina as the site of GF Linamar LLC,” stated Linda Hasenfratz, CEO of Linamar. “A fantastic workforce and great business environment will drive our success to serve customers in the southern US.”

The company will break ground in Ferncliff Park, strategically located on the Interstate 26 corridor in Western North Carolina’s employment center. $217 million will be invested in building and equipment over seven years, with production scheduled to begin in mid-2017. Over the next five years, 350 new jobs will be created with an average wage of $47,738 per year, resulting in $16.7 million in new annual payroll.

“We appreciate very much the warm welcome and the support from the State of North Carolina and the Henderson County authorities,” commented Yves Serra, CEO of GF. “The location is ideal for us and we look forward to a prosperous future for our joint venture in the US.”

“The investment, wages and the potential to support and partner with our existing industries is incredibly exciting for our community and for the continued strength of our local economy,” said Tommy Thompson, Chairman of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners.

“GF Linamar’s decision to locate in Henderson County further reinforces the fact that leading global companies view Henderson County as a desirable employment destination,” said Adam Shealy, Chair of the HCPED Board of Directors. “A number of dedicated economic development partners worked together very effectively to encourage and facilitate GF Linamar’s location decision, including: the Economic Development Partnership of NC & NC Department of Commerce, Henderson County, NC Community College System & Blue Ridge Community College, Golden LEAF Foundation, Town of Mills River and Duke Energy.”

For more information on the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development and its role in protecting and building a strong local economy, visit www.strategiclocation.com.

Wingate University Singers: March 12

posted on February 9, 2016

Wingate University Singers presents
A Concert to Benefit The Free Clinics of Hendersonville
Saturday, March 12th at 7:00 pm

A concert in Hendersonville by the Wingate University Singers and Chamber Choir will benefit The Free Clinics of Hendersonville.

The vocal ensemble will perform:

Saturday, March 12 at 7 p.m.
Immaculate Conception Church
208 7th Avenue West in downtown Hendersonville

There is no admission charge but donations will be accepted at the concert to help fund The Free Clinics. The nonprofit clinics rely on private contributions to provide a range of health care for people who have low incomes or do not have medical insurance.

Dr. Kenney Potter, chair of the Wingate University Music Department and director of choral activities, will conduct the 36 vocalists. The concert will feature a varied repertoire ranging from Monteverdi and J. S. Bach to South African folksongs.


Amazing Students and Made in Henderson County

posted on November 6, 2015

North Henderson High School’s tour of SMARTRAC on October 1, 2015 was like any other Made in Henderson County tour; students saw different aspects of the operation, and learned about diverse career opportunities.  The students also learned how Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology is being used in retail applications, and how it might be leveraged in the future.  Each of the students was given a Near Field Communication (NFC) tag, and provided a simple one-page instructional overview titled, “How to Read and Program NFC tags with Android Based Phones.”

Just a week after the tours, North Henderson High School Business Technologies Teacher, Lynn Price, shared the following:

“I must brag on my students a little. Two young men used the NFC tags that were given to them at SMARTRAC in great ways!

Dakota collected the NFC tags from others that didn’t want them and has used them at home to program items so that when he places his phone near them it will take him to specific websites!

Michael built a Bluetooth speaker for himself and used the NFC tag to connect it to his phone.  He now can listen to his music through the speaker he built!

I’ll say it again, this was the best field trip I’ve ever taken students on! Thanks for allowing us to participate!”

The outcome of this tour, and many others, reinforces the impact of Made in Henderson County.  Since 2012, over 3,000 students have made the connection between the classroom and industry.  More than 75% of students attending an industry tour said that the visit changed their view on manufacturing careers.  For more information, please visit www.madeinhendersoncounty.com.

Students Matched with Manufacturers for Made in Henderson County

posted on October 1, 2015

Over 540 Henderson County Public Schools middle and high students will tour 15 different manufacturing operations today across Henderson County, in observance of National Manufacturing Week and Manufacturing Week in North Carolina. Students involved in Project Lead the Way and Career Technical Education courses were able to take part.

The primary purpose of the tours was to showcase the availability of advanced manufacturing careers in Henderson County. Over 15% of the local workforce is engaged in manufacturing with average annual wages surpassing $53,000. Manufacturing operations offer multiple career entry opportunities, enticing students who are ready to enter the workforce after graduation and those who want to further their education.

“It is an honor to host students for the Made in Henderson County tours. Having grown up here in Henderson County, I want students to know that there are good opportunities with good companies here in Henderson County. We hope to retain as much talent as possible in our community. These tours allow students to see how what they are learning in school is applied in the workforce,” shared participating manufacturer, Brent Coston of Elkamet.

Students were matched with a tour location based on their program of study. Tours showcased technology, products made and also the benefits of working in a manufacturing operation. “Many companies offer tuition reimbursement and ongoing training. These are high-tech jobs and we have to make sure students know about these opportunities here at home,” stated Adam Shealy, HCPED Board Chair.

Participating companies included: Alpha Tech, Cane Creek Cycling Components, Clement Pappas, Daystar Machining, Elkamet, GE Lighting Solutions, Kiln Drying Systems, MWW, Meritor, Multi Packaging Solutions, Ohlins, SELEE, SMARTRAC, Wilsonart and Wirtz Wire EDM.

Made in Henderson County is a coordinated effort established to enhance the connection between manufacturing businesses and Henderson County Public Schools, while telling the story of manufacturing, the products that are made here and the people who make them.  The initiative is focused on raising the visibility of manufacturing as a viable career path to ensure that Henderson County students have diverse employment opportunities in the community, and manufacturing businesses have access to skilled, local talent.  Visit www.madeinhendersoncounty.com for more information.

2014-15 Annual Report

posted on September 3, 2015

The Partnership’s 2014-15 Annual Report has been released.  The report highlights stories and accomplishments from throughout the year, while sharing historical context to give recent events more depth.  The Retrospective filter reinforces the Partnership’s legacy of taking action to secure promising outcomes. The centerfold spread graphically highlights the history, impact and leadership of the organization.

View or download the 2014-15 HCPED Annual Report

HCPED Annual Event: September 17

posted on July 16, 2015

HCPED members and Henderson County manufacturers are invited to join the Partnership for our annual celebration of industry. Our Annual Event will take place on Thursday, September 17th at Sierra Nevada Brewing Company. The evening will begin at 5:00 pm with a networking reception. This year’s program will provide a reflection on the Partnership’s legacy through stories, as we celebrate 20 years since the formation of the Committee of 100.

The Partnership is able to present the annual event at no cost to members and manufacturers thanks to generous support from our Patron Members. In addition to supporting the annual event, these companies are all leaders in support of economic and employment growth in Henderson County. Patron sponsors for this year’s event include: Asheville Savings Bank, Blue Ridge Community College, Clement Pappas, Continental, Cooper Construction, Duke Energy, Ferncliff Park, First Citizens Bank, Friday Staffing, GE Lighting Solutions, IMOCO, Morrow Insurance, PSNC Energy, SMARTRAC, and The Van Winkle Law Firm.

For questions about the event, or to RSVP, please call (828) 692-6373 or email at rsvp@hcped.org.

Earth Fare Home Office Expands in New Fletcher Location

posted on June 30, 2015

Fletcher, NC – Earth Fare, the most authentic organic and natural healthy grocery store, announces the relocation of their home office headquarters to a newly renovated, state-of-the art facility on Continuum Drive in the Fletcher Commerce Park. The company has been a proud member of the Fletcher community since 2007, and recently moved their office and operations to a larger building to support the company’s growth plans.

Founded in 1975 in Asheville, North Carolina, Earth Fare is committed to improving peoples’ lives by making it easy to live a healthier lifestyle. Their full-service philosophy incorporates the highest food Quality Standards in the industry while providing friendly and knowledgeable service and a superior customer experience. Earth Fare’s 40 stores are located across the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.

The move to a new headquarters, custom designed to meet the needs of Earth Fare’s innovative and collaborative culture, sets the stage for accelerated growth and investment in their brand experience. Boasting an open concept, the new facility includes a test kitchen to support food innovation, a private gym to enable team members’ good health and state-of-the-art technical and digital tools to stay connected with their fleet of stores, all housed in a light and bright atmosphere that embodies the spirit of a healthier lifestyle.

Frank Scorpiniti, President & CEO of Earth Fare, said, “Our Company’s investment in this state-of-the-art facility reflects our commitment to our employees and our need to support our growing store base.”

“As the Town of Fletcher grows, we continue to see young families attracted to the area for great jobs, quality amenities, parks and outdoor recreation. We take great pride in Earth Fare’s presence and impact here, and the alignment between their company and our community,” commented Town of Fletcher Mayor Bill Moore.

Henderson County Board of Commissioners Chairman Tommy Thompson said, “Earth Fare is an outstanding company, and a significant employer in Henderson County. We are extremely proud that when seeking a new headquarters location, their leadership elected to retain and grow their business here. Their focus on excellence, healthy living, and sustainability reflects our local culture, and we look forward to more great things from this business.”

The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development, Inc. is a public-private partnership that works to protect and build a strong local economy through economic and employment investment. For more information about the Partnership visit www.strategiclocation.com. To learn more about Earth Fare, please visit www.earthfare.com.

Students Explore Career Opportunities at Henderson County Manufacturers

posted on April 20, 2015

In observance of NC Advanced Manufacturing and STEM Careers Awareness Week, Henderson County Public Schools and the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development are partnering to introduce students to the successful manufacturing careers available in their own backyards. As part of HCPED’s ‘Made in Henderson County’ initiative, 411 middle and high school students and educators will tour 13 manufacturing companies on Thursday, April 16.

Participating companies include SMARTRAC, Clement Pappas, UPM Raflatac, Legacy Paddlesports, SELEE, Wilsonart, BorgWarner Thermal, Meritor, The Oriole Mill, Daystar Machining Technologies, Kyocera Precision Tools, Cane Creek Cycling Components, and AlphaTech. Together these employers represent over 2,400 Henderson County jobs that range from production, engineering, assembly, logistics, human resources, maintenance and finance positions.

“Henderson County, NC is home to 138 manufacturing employers that support 15% of the county’s workforce,” stated Dave Modaff, Chair of the HCPED Board. “With a combined total annual payroll of more than $265 million, and average wages exceeding $51,000/year, HCPED believes careers in the manufacturing sector represent a highly attractive value proposition especially for those that value Henderson County’s excellent public schools, higher education opportunities and growing economy,” Modaff said.

“We appreciate the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development working with our local business community to provide our students the opportunity to tour manufacturing facilities in Henderson County,” said Henderson County Public Schools Superintendent David Jones. “This experience allows our students to see firsthand the various manufacturing operations and career opportunities available to them.”

“The tours for our students provides insight into the skills they need to be successful in the career of their interest and help them understand the courses they need to master in high school and college to realize that success,” added Dr. Helen Owen, HCPS Career & Technical Education Director.

Made in Henderson County is a coordinated effort established to enhance the connection between manufacturing businesses and Henderson County Public Schools, while telling the story of manufacturing, the products that are made here and the people who make them. The effort to enhance connectivity between manufacturing businesses and the school system is focused on raising the visibility of manufacturing as a viable career path to ensure that Henderson County students have diverse employment opportunities in the community, and manufacturing businesses have access to skilled, local talent. Visit www.madeinhendersoncounty.com for more information.

Bold Rock Hard Cider finalizes their plans to move into Henderson County

posted on March 19, 2015

NELLYSFORD, VA (PRWEB) March 18, 2015

Bold Rock Hard Cider has announced plans to begin producing its award-winning craft cider at a new facility in Mills River, N.C., near Asheville, this spring. This marks a significant move in the expansion of the growing regional craft cidery that has steadily increased East Coast distribution and is now offered from Pennsylvania through South Carolina.

Like Bold Rock’s flagship production facility in Virginia, the operation on School House Road in Mills River will make craft cider from local apples picked at nearby orchards. In North Carolina apples will be sourced from Hendersonville-based Apple Wedge Packers, a fifth-generation family-owned business that has been operating for over 150 years.

Opening in 2012, Bold Rock formed out of the partnership between John Washburn and Brian Shanks. Washburn owned a picturesque piece of farmland in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Central Virginia, and he contacted Shanks to see if the New Zealand native and world-renowned cider expert with more than three decades of experience in the industry would be interested in working his magic with locally picked Virginia apples. The two fast friends have since put together a rapidly growing operation, turning Bold Rock into one of the fastest-growing craft cider companies in the country.

When it came time to plot expansion, Washburn and Shanks found what they needed in the mountains of western North Carolina, a region that offers a perfect extension of what the partners have created up the Blue Ridge chain in Virginia. Washburn has family roots in the area and was excited about bringing business to a place where he spent much of his youth. Upon visiting, Shanks took a bite of a Henderson County apple and quickly realized he’d found some of the best-tasting fruit in the world. With a dedication to working with local growers, the Bold Rock founders decided to come to the source.

“My experience over the years with the production of hard cider around the world has taught me about the importance of access to the very best fruit,” says Shanks. “Finding such a rich resource in Henderson County made this area the perfect fit for Bold Rock’s southern expansion. We really are truly looking forward to crafting, bottling and distributing Bold Rock Hard Cider from this site and becoming a contributing partner of the local economy.”

Bold Rock is schedule to begin production in Mills River in May 2015.

Bold Rock Hard Cider is one of the fastest-growing craft cider companies in the country. A winner of more than 30 awards in the past two years, Bold Rock produces a range of ciders, all made from apples locally grown and handpicked in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia and North Carolina. As the nation’s largest independently owned cider company, Bold Rock is quickly ramping up distribution throughout the East Coast, now delivering across the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast from Pennsylvania through South Carolina. Additional company information can be found at http://www.boldrock.com.