Month: January 2011

EFCA, Still Breathing?

January 26, 2011

About a year ago we wrote about the crippling impact that Healthcare Reform, Cap & Trade and the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) were having on a business’ ability to interpret what costs they might encounter and plan for. The uncertainty led to little business movement outside of layoffs and consolidations. As companies position for incremental employment growth and capital investments in machinery and equipment, the threat of EFCA spoiling North Carolina’s recovering economy still looms. more

2011 Industrial Executives Forum

January 25, 2011

The HCPED Industrial Executives Forum Planning Committee has lined up great speakers on three very different issues.  Clark Gillespy, Vice President of Economic Development, Business Development & Territorial Strategies with Duke Energy will present the utility’s planned merger with Progress Energy and the impact this may have on Henderson County.  Our second speaker will be more

Industry Profile: API South Inc.

January 21, 2011

Autronic Plastics (API) was founded in Westbury, New York in 1953 as a small yet advanced plastic molding company. In the mid-90’s Michael Lax President & CEO began evaluating the need to expand the company’s footprint to better capture the organization’s growing customer base. In 1997-1998 API Solutions initiated a thorough site selection process designed more

Looking Forward

January 7, 2011

In September of 2010, the HCPED asked 134 manufacturers five questions focused on developing a local perspective on what 2011 and 2012 might bring for our economy.  Forty-one complete responses contributed to the data below.  Click on thumbnails to zoom into the survey responses. more