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16 March 2017
3M Co. agreed to buy Scott Safety from Johnson Controls International Plc in a $2 billion deal, forging another large purchase to bolster one of its central business
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27 February 2017
A Charlotte developer is breathing life back into a 119-year-old cotton mill with an apartment and commercial development in downtown Waxhaw.
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05 December 2016
Minutes after I arrive at 2 Hounds Design in Union County, Alisha Navarro, the company’s founder and president, tells me there’s someone I have to meet. “Have you seen Oberon?” she asks a woman working nearby, who motions outside.
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28 October 2016
Scott Safety continues to receive top industry and innovation honors with recognition by Frost & Sullivan for superior leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. The April 2016 launch of Scott Sight, the first in-mask, hands-free thermal imaging camera, has earned Scott Safety Frost & Sullivan’s 2016 Competitive Strategy Innovation and Leadership Award.
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25 October 2016
The Union County Board of Commissioners approved an incentive grant request for Northeast Tool brought before them on Monday, October 16, 2016.
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05 October 2016
Monroe-Union County Economic Development (MUCED) of Union County, NC, received a Bronze Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2016 project in the category of New Media from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).
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15 September 2016
For nearly 100 years, Cyril Bath has been a leader in the commercial and military aerospace industry.
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07 September 2016
Monroe, N.C.-based 2 Hounds Design, a manufacturer of collars, leashes and harnesses, including Freedom No Pull Harnesses, announced that Inc. magazine ranked its business among the most growth-oriented private companies in the U.S., rated No. 3406 overall on Inc.’s 35th annual Inc. 5000 with three-year sales growth of 96 percent, the company stated.
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25 August 2016
Berry Plastics Group Inc.’s $765 million deal to acquire flexible packaging films maker AEP Industries Inc. involves some inspired math, according to one man behind the deal.
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13 July 2016
Four colorful paintings by Monroe artist Bill Colt decorate the Monroe-Union County Economic Development boardroom to denote exactly what’s on Chris Platé’s wish list.
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30 June 2016
An innovative manufacturer, Decore-ative Specialties continuously looks for ways to improve the production of its custom wood and laminate cabinet components.
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17 June 2016
2016 Union County Feature in the Charlotte Business Journal
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14 June 2016
Midway Aircraft Instrument Corporation has been renamed to Midway Aerospace.
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01 April 2016
Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated today announced that its Monroe facility was awarded SHARP certification from the North Carolina Department of Labor. SHARP – or Safety & Health Achievement Recognition Program – honors facilities with the highest standards of worksite safety and health.
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17 March 2016
Union County has offered economic incentives to AEP Industries in hopes the company will invest $15 million into its Stallings manufacturing plant.
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10 February 2016
Tyson Foods said Tuesday it will move forward with a proposed $5 million expansion of its Monroe chicken processing plant.
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10 February 2016
Tyson Foods Inc. will spend $5 million to add new equipment at its Monroe complex, a project that could include the addition of about 50 jobs.
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21 January 2016
Vanguard Pai Lung has developed a new series of high-speed, circular knitting machines which offer a range of environmental benefits including a new frame which reduces the overall machine footprint and a new controller and drive system for reduced power consumption.
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07 January 2016
Goulston Technologies, a US based chemical company specialising in surface modification technologies, has received ISO 14001:2004 standard issued by American Global Standards for the recognition of its environment friendly measures, the company said in a recent press release.
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10 December 2015
Tyson Foods is considering a $5 million expansion for its Monroe chicken processing plant that would add about 50 jobs.
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01 December 2015
One of the largest pallet manufacturing and hardwood sawmill facilities in the South also is among the safest thanks to a strong safety commitment by Edwards Wood Products
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18 November 2015
In addition to a successful showcase, Fisher Textiles, Indian Trail, NC was recognized in the Association's prestigious Product of the Year Competition and DD 6788 MoJo backlit fabric was awarded Product of the Year for Media - Textile - Framing Systems.
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22 October 2015
BrandRPM today announced it was selected as the winner of Outstanding Achievement in Supply/Manufacturing award presented at Charlotte Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week.
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08 October 2015
The Union County Board of Commissioners voted Monday night to approve a more than 50-acre athletics complex and a $2.5 million swim training and competition center.
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24 September 2015
A Charlotte developer plans to refit a Waxhaw textile mill into a mixed-use project that combines apartments, office and a restaurant.
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11 September 2015
Four Consolidated Metco Inc. (ConMet) production plants have been awarded the 2014 Masters of Quality Supplier award from Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA), the highest honor the truck-maker bestows on its suppliers.
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24 August 2015
North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and Assistant Secretary for Rural Economic Development Dr. Patricia Mitchell announced this week that the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority (RIA) approved 14 grants totaling about $4.6 million.
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17 July 2015
Tucked away past the chicken plant near the railroad tracks sits an unassuming cluster of buildings with beige aluminum siding. Step inside and you’ll find the one place in the world that makes drums for Ringo Starr.
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16 June 2015
Project increases company's employment and capabilities in Union County, NC
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05 June 2015
2015 Union County Feature in the Charlotte Business Journal
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27 May 2015
Wesley Chapel, Stallings and Waxhaw listed among Movoto's top 11 best places to live near Charlotte!
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23 April 2015
Union County has landed a $140 million printing and data center project, one of the largest ever deals for the county, officials announced Thursday.
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23 April 2015
O’Neil Digital Solutions, LLC (www.oneildata.com) announced today that they will invest approximately $140 million in a building improvements and new equipment a facility in Monroe, North Carolina over the next ten years ($90.7 million in the first 5 years).
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21 April 2015
Union County is a finalist for a $140 million printing and data center project that would create 250 jobs over the next five years, officials said Tuesday. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/local/article19149435.html#storylink=cpy
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19 April 2015
South Piedmont Community College (SPCC) and Union County Public Schools hosted the Inaugural Robotics Challenge of Union County 2015, Saturday.
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20 March 2015
Wingate University didn’t have to go far to find its 10th president. On Wednesday, the University named Rhett Brown, Wingate’s current Vice President for Student Life and Enrollment Services, as its next leader. Brown is a two-time graduate of Wingate
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20 March 2015
Wingate University has named Rhett Brown as its 10th president, effective June 1
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18 March 2015
The 7-year-old Indian Trail-based screen printing and embroidery firm landed exclusive deals with Family Dollar, the Democratic National Convention and Under Armour. Read more here: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/news/business/small-business/article14462765.html#storylink=cpy
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27 February 2015
Scott Technologies Inc. is spending $28.7 million to add new machinery and 67 jobs to its Scott Safety headquarters in Monroe.
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27 February 2015
Scott Safety, a TYCO business, (TYCO International is headquartered in Ireland) announced today that they will invest approximately $28.7 million in a building expansion and new equipment at their facility in Monroe, North Carolina.
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27 February 2015
Scott Technologies, Inc. plans to invest $28.7 million in Monroe over the next five years, creating 67 new jobs at the location.
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27 February 2015
Scott Safety announced Friday it is planning a $28.7 million expansion in Monroe, a move that comes with more than $1 million in local, county and state incentives.
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20 February 2015
Members of the community cut the ribbon at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection building. The Charlotte-Monroe Executive Airport is the only general aviation airport in the Carolinas and one of about 50 in the nation, to offer international customs.
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10 February 2015
NerdWallet.com conducted a study that points to Union County being the best area in North Carolina for young families to live - Waxhaw, Marvin, Stallings and Indian Trail -- all in Union Co. -- hold four of the Top Five.
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02 February 2015
Home to more than 1,000 aviation-related companies and their suppliers, the state is a leader in this vital sector of the global economy, especially in the Southeast. First in Flight features successful aerospace and aviation companies and spotlights the opportunities, challenges and resources available to those that are successfully competing in this market.
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02 February 2015
Carolina Wood Products of Marshville has been awarded a 2015 Recycling Business Development Grant from the Recycling Business Assistance Center, a division of the NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
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21 January 2015
An Indian pharmaceutical company is considering a $9.5 million expansion for its Monroe manufacturing plant even before production begins in April.
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06 January 2015
The 60-employee company is looking for a variety of engineers and a service technician as the company grows, says Mathias Lee, vice president of sales and marketing.
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18 December 2014
Union County and Monroe approved combined incentives of up to $917,700 this week to try to land a $28 million expansion or renovation project in Monroe from Scott Safety.
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17 December 2014
Monroe and Union County governments are offering Scott Safety almost $1 million in incentives to choose the company's Monroe facility for a 67-job expansion.
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03 December 2014
A group of economic developers from the Charlotte region is headed to a huge power-generation convention in Orlando, Fla., with the hopes of boosting the Carolinas' importance to energy companies.
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25 November 2014
RSC Chemical Solutions of Indian Trail will have a new leader with the new year.
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17 November 2014
Carolinas HealthCare System has wrapped construction on a $57 million project that expands services for women and children at its Monroe hospital.
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06 November 2014
Scott Safety, a global manufacturer of respiratory and personal protective equipment and safety devices, announced the successful completion of the fourth annual National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC) National Junior Firefighter Academy.
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22 October 2014
Spiroflow Systems, Inc. has announced key additions to their organization.
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16 October 2014
Leaders from the Charlotte area will travel next week to the largest aviation business conference in the country, which will be in Orlando, Florida.
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11 October 2014
Hundreds of Union County Public Schools students went behind the scenes to see what it takes to be a manufacturer.
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30 September 2014
Today, 250 employees from the Monroe, North Carolina,production facility of Tyson Foods, Inc., and Elanco Animal Health joined community volunteers for a special #Feedthe9TysonNC event to benefit Operation Reach Out.
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20 September 2014
Local businesses will be offering open houses, tours and networking opportunities during Manufacturing Awareness Week, which runs from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.
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15 September 2014
I'll admit it, I have a strong sweet tooth. But instead of a spoonful of sugar, I'll opt for a quick pick me up of a spoon of honey every time. Make mine sticky weet and locally harvested, a bowl of "Dancing Bee" deliciousness please.
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10 September 2014
GM Nameplate, a leader in user interface systems and product identity solutions, announced today that it has completed upgrades to its North Carolina facility and will consolidate its two East Coast manufacturing operations.
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06 September 2014
A special reception, dinner and banquet took place Thursday night following a lunch and golf tournament earlier in the day as part of the 16th Annual “Hook & Slice” Industry Appreciation Day.
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25 August 2014
According to a report this week in Large Formay Review, Fisher Textiles, a leading supplier of fabrics for dye sublimation, UV, latex and direct digital printing, has introduced ET 2600 Jersey Spandex Knit, a new fabric for apparel applications.
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16 August 2014
Harris Teeter will add 41 jobs at its Indian Trail distribution center as it expands the facility to serve more of its supermarkets in the Southeast.
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28 July 2014
We are please to inform you that Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company has signed a three-year lease on the former HD supply building located at the intersection of Airport Road and Old Charlotte Highway.
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24 July 2014
Spiroflow Systems Inc. of Monroe doesn’t talk about what its next acquisition will be, only that it’s almost certain.
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17 July 2014
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd; a research-driven, global, integrated pharmaceutical company plans to set up a new manufacturing facility in the US.
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16 July 2014
The Union County Board of Commissioners approved an economic development grant for an amount not to exceed $340,000 over a 5-year period to what could become the county’s first pharmaceutical company.
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15 July 2014
CEM Corporation, a leading provider of microwave laboratory instrumentation, is pleased to announce that the Liberty Blue(TM) Automated Microwave Peptide Synthesizer is a winner of a 2014 R&D 100 Award.
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15 July 2014
The new Spiroflow Systems gain-in-weight bulk bag filling system delivers 15x productivity increase, increases weighing accuracy over 400%, reduces number of operators from nine to one and minimizes possible product contamination.
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14 July 2014
As urban growth near Charlotte has expanded, the farm of Frank Howey Jr., has grown at an equal rate. In 32 years of farming, Howey from Monroe, N.C., has become one of the largest farmers in the area and state.
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11 July 2014
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, Ltd. is considering a location in the Monroe Corporate Center for its first North American manufacturing facility.
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20 June 2014
Charlotte Business Journal's June 20th edition with a special feature on Union County
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29 May 2014
A Union County waste hauler and recycling company plans to expand its facility and eventually divert about half of the garbage it collects from landfills by converting it to compost or fuel for a waste-to-energy incinerator.
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27 May 2014
CEM Corporation, a leading global company specializing in scientific solutions for critical laboratory applications, is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 Stacey Palasek Memorial Scholarship is Madeleine Fish of Charlotte Latin School.
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21 May 2014
Windsor Windows, a subsidiary of Woodgrain Millwork headquartered in Fruitland, Idaho is considering investing approximately $8 million in a 100,000 SF building expansion and new equipment at their facility in Monroe, North Carolina.
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12 May 2014
Efforts by RSC Chemical Solutions to go green are working. The Charlotte-area company, built by the Blumenthal family, plans to add 40 employees during the next three years as it benefits from its strategy to remove petroleum-based chemicals from its products.
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23 April 2014
Though she does not look a day older than 69, Tinker Belle had some work done lately. The C-46 plane, built in 1944, recently had her seats refurbished by ORO Manufacturing, the same company that made them before 1941 when they were in Adrian, Mich.
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17 April 2014
The 140-acre Shannon Farm site in Mineral Springs has been selected to participate in Duke Energy’s 2014 Site Readiness Program to prepare the property for potential industrial development. The Site Readiness Program is designed to help communities served by the utility compete for new investments and jobs.
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16 April 2014
If you live in Indian Trail or Stallings, your wallet thanks you. The towns recently topped the list for the most affordable places to live in North Carolina, according to Movoto, an online real estate brokerage firm based in California.
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15 April 2014
Duke Energy (NYSE:DUK) has chosen five North Carolina sites totaling almost 900 acres for its 2014 Site Readiness Program, including a 140-acre site in Union County.
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14 April 2014
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc. (est 1974) is celebrating 40-years in business. Located in Matthews, NC, ICE® manufactures pile driving and drilling equipment since 1974. “Anything built over three stories requires a deep foundation to create a safe structure. Our engineers, machining crew and assembly teams hand build this equipment in Matthews, NC.” Says Christian Cunningham, ICE® Chief Operating Officer.
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25 March 2014
The Sutton Park Redevelopment Plan took a big step forward this week when the Monroe City Council agreed to acquire the former Cooper Tools site.
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25 March 2014
Scott Safety is pleased to announce that the Air-Pak X3 SCBA and Air-Pak 75 SCBA have received approvals to the 2013 Edition of NFPA 1981 and 1982, and will begin shipping immediately
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04 March 2014
Spiroflow Systems, Inc. announces the launch of a new business that provides a broad range of automation solutions. Spiroflow Automation Solutions, Inc. offers automation project services and solutions which include project development, control system design, industrial automation integration, control system migration, HMI design, procurement, startup and long term support across a wide variety of industries.
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13 February 2014
The redevelopment of Sutton Park could be "potentially revolutionary for Monroe," Chris Platé told the Monroe City Council at their meeting last week.
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29 January 2014
Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. (NYSE:HTSI) is now a subsidiary of The Kroger Co.
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17 January 2014
The Federal Trade Commission has given The Kroger Co.’s (NYSE:KR) acquisition of Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. the green light.
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12 December 2013
“We've got just what you need.” That's basically what Boeing is hearing this week from leaders in the Carolinas, Missouri, California and about a dozen other places. They're submitting bids to build Boeing's new 777X airplanes - and win the thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in investment that come with them.
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11 December 2013
Finally, we have a local person willing to talk about Charlotte’s plans to compete for the $10 billion Boeing 777X plant.
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05 December 2013
AEP Industries will invest approximately $5.9 million in new equipment at their Seaboard Drive facility in Stallings, North Carolina.
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05 December 2013
AEP Industries Inc. in Stallings will create 15 jobs as it adds $6 million in new equipment to its plant on Seaboard Drive.
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19 November 2013
Carolina Courts has opened its new facility near downtown Indian Trail.
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07 November 2013
The North Carolina Department of Labor certified Scott Safety as a participant in the Carolina Star Program. State Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry attended a ceremony at the company's Monroe facility on Oct. 28 to present company officials with the Carolina Star flag and a certificate.
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30 October 2013
Convincing high school students that they have a future in manufacturing in Union County may have been a tough sell until they learned that Ludwig Drums and the pump that sprays the M’s on M&Ms; are made in the county.
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22 October 2013
The economies of North Carolina’s metropolitans are on the rise. The Charlotte metropolitan area’s economy grew nearly 5 percent in 2012 while both Raleigh and Greensboro’s economies grew more than 2 percent.
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21 October 2013
The new Carolina Courts facility is moving closer to opening on Matthews-Indian Trail Road, as crews work to prepare the parking lot, complete the center’s diner and stripe the basketball courts in time to open for business on Nov. 4.
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16 October 2013
The company is investing $8 million to expand the building and install additional state-of-the-art highly automated processing equipment that will enable the company to extend both its capacity and its capabilities, and create seven to ten additional manufacturing jobs.
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11 October 2013
Leaders in Waxhaw recently annexed in about 34 acres of land they hope will benefit local businesses and residents in the community for years to come.
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24 September 2013
Tim Birmingham with Edwards Wood Products Inc. was honored by the North Carolina Trucking Association Safety Management Council (NCTA) with its Safety Director of the Year Award at their Safety Conference in Myrtle Beach on August 31, 2013.
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17 September 2013
On August 16, 2013, RSC Chemical Solutions, a division of Radiator Specialty Company, celebrated a safety milestone of One Million Man Hours With No Lost-Time Injuries. Only 28 companies (this includes RSC) in North Carolina have achieved this level of accomplishment to date.
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06 September 2013
Carolinas Medical Center-Union will enhance its pediatric care and expand access through an agreement with Levine Children’s Hospital.
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06 September 2013
Monroe company started in distribution but found a bigger opportunity in the specialty manufacturing of tape.
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06 September 2013
Over the last 30 years, turkey production has evolved from a primarily holiday-oriented business into a year-round product, thanks to an increasing consumer awareness of nutrition and a variety of new processed turkey products like deli meats and ground turkey. According to the National Turkey Federation, total domestic production has increased 110 percent since 1970 to almost 250 million birds every year.
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03 September 2013
Eggs are the main source of protein for many people in the world and an important source of protein for U.S. consumers. Producing eggs is a multi-million dollar agribusiness sector, and Simpson’s Eggs in Monroe, the third largest egg producer in North Carolina, is working to meet the demand.
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27 August 2013
Union County is trying to encourage Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. to add 50 jobs to its massive distribution center in Indian Trail.
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26 August 2013
Members of the community gathered Friday afternoon to open and tour South Piedmont Community College’s new Center for Technology and Health Education.
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22 August 2013
The Union County Board of Commissioners adopted official economic development grant criteria during its Monday meeting.
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14 August 2013
Waxhaw is looking to become more than a one-horse town with the addition of an equine center.
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12 August 2013
Big things are happening at Carolinas Medical Center-Union. Big things are happening at Carolinas Medical Center-Union.If you have driven by in the last month, you might have noticed construction crews and heavy equipment. The hospital is in the midst of a $57.2 million expansion focused on the campus’s north side.
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09 August 2013
Union County Public Schools' 2013 graduation rate is 90.8 percent.
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29 July 2013
Monroe and Union County economic development officials want to market three distinct areas of the county for new business and industry, according to a plan approved by the Union Board of County Commissioners.
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23 July 2013
Monroe Union County Economic Development staff compiled a work plan spanning 2013 to 2015 which commissioners approved Monday. Executive director Chris Platé presented the completed, county-wide economic development plan of work. It outlined how MUCED staff plans to market different areas of the county, the types of industries to focus on and the challenges Union County leaders must face to become regionally competitive.
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17 July 2013
Daimler Trucks North America has honored three Charlotte-area companies with its Masters of Quality Supplier Award.
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16 July 2013
Three Charlotte-area towns – Mooresville, Indian Trail and Matthews – made this year’s top 10 for “Best North Carolina Towns for Young Families,” according to a personal financial website.
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11 July 2013
The Waxhaw Business Association, with support of the Town of Waxhaw, is working closely with SPCC to bring higher education to Waxhaw.
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09 July 2013
The Kroger Co. (NYSE:KR) has agreed to acquire Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc. (NYSE:HTSI) in a cash deal valued at $2.44 billion, purchasing all of the Matthews-based grocery chain’s stock for $49.38 per share.
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24 June 2013
CEM Corporation, a leading global provider of microwave laboratory instrumentation is pleased to announce the introduction of a new family of products that significantly alters the paradigm of peptide synthesis from early discovery through pre-clinical studies. The Liberty Blue™ line of research scale microwave peptide synthesizers and the Liberty XL™ mid-scale microwave peptide synthesizer were given an enthusiastic reception by attendees of the 23rd American Peptide Symposium in Waikoloa, Hawaii on Sunday, June 23rd.
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27 February 2013
Monroe has started construction of a new $2.6 million speculative industrial building in Monroe Corporate Center business park.
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15 February 2013
Monroe has received final federal approval to build a customs department at the city airport, making it the first general aviation airport in the Carolinas to offer that service.
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02 February 2013
Union County business leaders heard good news about the economy in this year at Monroe-Union County Economic Development's 2013 Groundhog Day Economic Summit Friday morning.
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13 December 2012
Midway Aircraft Instrument Corporation will locate to a new facility in Monroe, creating 36 jobs and investing $2.3 million over the next three years. They will overhaul, repair and perform scheduled maintenance on a wide range of aircraft equipment.
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28 November 2012
Scattered throughout Charlotte USA, more than 130 aerospace suppliers employ nearly 20,000 workers. The heaviest concentration is located just outside Charlotte in Monroe, North Carolina. This isn’t by chance.
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08 January 2008
Expansion of Monroe Campus will add 50,000 square feet to maintenance, repair and overhaul facility.
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