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City Bakery Opens New Production Bakery

posted on May 2, 2016


City Bakery has started construction on a new production bakery in Fletcher, NC. In order to meet the needs and demands of its growing wholesale & retail business, City Bakery will move all of it’s bread production, presently baked in the 60 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC location, to the new facility. Upon completion in early summer, the new bakery will allow for expansion into additional areas of Western North Carolina. City Bakery currently serves numerous local restaurants and grocery stores.

“The increased production space will allow us to broaden our presence in Ingles Markets and meet demand for our growing restaurant customers,” said CIty Bakery General Manager Brian Dennehy. “We are excited to grow our long standing relationship of providing fresh artisan breads and pastries to Asheville and the surrounding areas.”

     ● City Bakery currently serves wholesale bread customers in Asheville, Waynesville,Weaverville, Black Mountain, Arden, Oteen and Candler. Target areas for expansion include Hendersonville, Mills RIver and Fletcher.
● The new bakery is a brand new 3,600 sq. ft. building located at 85 Fletcher Commercial Drive, Fletcher, NC 28732 and should allow for City Bakery to triple its current production.
● For a complete up to date list of customers, click here: http://citybakery.net/breadschedule/

About City Bakery:
City Bakery is an independent, family owned company founded in 1999. We strive to produce high quality, fresh, artisan breads and pastries for our retail and wholesale customers. With two cafes in Asheville and one in Waynesville, we are proud to serve the local community.

2016 Industrial Executives Forum: What is an Unconference?

posted on April 26, 2016

The 2016 Industrial Executives Forum will take place on Thursday, May 12th at Highland Lake Inn’s Grand Ole Hall and is free to all HCPED members and Henderson County manufacturers. Event registration will begin at 7:30am with the program beginning at 8:00am and concluding at 12noon. RSVP at rsvp@hcped.org by May 5th.

What’s the basic idea? Just like any Industrial Executives Forum, we will gather industry, business and local leaders – everyone involved in economic development in Henderson County into one place. While we are proud of our history of success as an organization, we fully expect our work to get harder going forward with challenges with sites and buildings, workforce, infrastructure and diversifying employment sectors. The Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development wants to identify new ideas about where we go from here.  As always, this will be a great opportunity to connect and network with your peers and neighbors in the process. We will not solve all challenges. But we will gain an understanding of what the challenges are, and we may see work groups and strategies forming around the most important challenges. Groups like the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council have used the unconference process to find and cultivate new ideas in a collaborative setting.

Why “unconference”? This is an unconference, which means that there is no specific schedule of speakers. You are the speakers, you are the contributors. Unconferences are designed to be participator-led, interactive and collaborative. So the more you bring in, the more you (and others) are likely to take away. The day is about learning from and collaborating with other leaders from industry, business and the local community to explore new avenues to support economic development in Henderson County.

That means the detailed agenda is dynamically generated at the start of the conference, by the participants themselves.  Groups form and self-organize around specific topics based on your interest, and your desire to solve emerging problems to help sustain our economy and quality of  life. The only rule is the Law of 2 Feet: If you aren’t learning or contributing where you stand now, use your 2 feet and go somewhere where you can learn or contribute.

Does this really work? Yes, if well facilitated. Unconference and Open Space are well established concepts. There will be two professional facilitators making sure the event is beneficial for everyone involved. How do we capture ideas? Each session has a host (a person who offers to run the session). We will provide a way to document areas of concern, and potential collaborations as well as new ideas for consideration from each group. At the end of the day we will gather everyone and ask each session host to summarize the key outcomes from their session, including key actions.

Agenda: 7:30-8:00 Registration 8:00-8:35 Welcome 8:35-9:00 Explanation of open space, gather ideas and post schedule 9:00-9:45 Open Space Session 1 10:00- 10:45 Open Space Session 2 10:45-11:30 Open Space Session 3 11:30-12:00 Closing circle. Any ideas or collaborations? What are the major outcomes from the day?

Theme of the day: What will best serve Henderson County’s economic development future? What will support sustainable job creation, business opportunity and quality of life for our county?  How can business, government and civic society best collaborate to solve emerging and standing challenges.

To RSVP for the 2016 Industrial Executives Forum, please e-mail rsvp@hcped.org.

This program series is brought to attendees at no cost thanks to support from HCPED Patron Members: Asheville Savings Bank, Blue Ridge Community College, Continental, Cooper Construction Company, Duke Energy, Ferncliff Park, First Citizens Bank, Friday Staffing Services, GE Lighting Solutions, IMOCO, Lassonde Pappas, Morrow Insurance, PSNC Energy, SMARTRAC and the Van Winkle Law Firm, and supporting sponsors AT&T and Carolina Specialties Construction.

Demmel AG to Open 1st US Manufacturing Operation in Henderson County, NC

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Hendersonville, NC – Demmel Inc., the US subsidiary of Demmel AG, a German-based leader in industrial design and identity technology, announced today that they will locate and build their US manufacturing presence in East Flat Rock, NC.  The company will initially locate in a leased building in the Appleland Business Park, while planning and constructing a new facility on 6.5 acres at the former Fairgrounds site.  Demmel Inc. will ultimately produce automotive sillplates and emblems, using metal stamping, printing and injection molding processes. 

The 130-year-old Bavarian company was asked by their customers, South Carolina-based BMW and California based-Tesla Motors, to supply their products locally from a North American location.  50 new jobs will be created over 5 years, and $4 million will be invested in the new building and equipment.  Positions will include assembly technicians, manufacturing engineers, material handlers and others, with hiring slated to begin in summer of 2016.

“We are happy to continue to serve key customers in the North American market with a new strategic location in Henderson County, North Carolina,” said Tobias Holderried, Managing Director of Demmel AG. “Our new home affords access to a qualified and productive workforce, a strong existing presence of automotive component manufacturers in plastics and metals, and easy access to our customers.  Henderson County has great similarities to our home in the mountains of Bavaria, where we have built long-lasting relationships over many generations.”

“We are pleased to welcome Demmel Inc. as the newest corporate citizen to Henderson County,” said Tommy Thompson, Chairman of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners. “Demmel’s products showcase their command of manufacturing in an artistic way, and we will take great pride as these globally-recognized components are made in Henderson County.  We all look forward to Demmel’s positive impact on our economy and community.”

“Henderson County has a heritage in metals and plastics production in the automotive sector, as well as a strong history of attracting German and other European companies,” said Adam Shealy, Chair of the HCPED Board of Directors. “We look forward to seeing their success in our community, and we welcome Demmel Inc. to western North Carolina.”

Successful recruitment projects are born from collaboration, and this project would not have been possible without the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Henderson County, the North Carolina Department of Commerce, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the North Carolina Community College System and Blue Ridge Community College. To learn more about Demmel AG, visit www.demmel.de. For more information about the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development and its role in protecting and building a strong local economy, visit www.strategiclocation.com.


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.