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Jobs Watch: Linamar Expanding Buncombe County Facility PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Monday, 03 November 2014 06:29

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - One hundred fifty new jobs are on the way to the Buncombe County town of Arden. The jobs come with Linamar North Carolina, Inc.'s expansion of its facilities, part of a $115 million investment to be made over the next few years.

Employees in Asheville will manufacture gears for automotive transmissions. Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual payroll for the new jobs will be nearly $6.4 million.  
Linamar Corporation is based in Guelph, Ontario and is a world-class designer and manufacturer of components and systems for the automotive and commercial vehicle industry, energy and mobile industrial markets.  It is a leading supplier of engine transmission driveline products and mobile aerial work platforms.

The Asheville precision machining facility produces components for commercial diesel engines and off highway vehicles and employs nearly 170 workers.   
“This expansion will establish a gear manufacturing base in the Southeastern United States for Linamar North Carolina,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker in a statement.  “These new jobs add to our number one ranking for the most manufacturing jobs in the Southeast.”  
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $500,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds.  These grants are contingent upon local matches. 

League Of Municipalities To Host Municipal Advocacy Goals Conference PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 31 October 2014 05:23

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - The trade group representing cities and town in North Carolina is hosting a conference to debate and adopt a strategy for the 2015 legislative session, which begins in January.

The League of Municipalities Raleigh session will be held December 11 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

"At the conference, the League membership will come together to debate, discuss, and ultimately adopt the League's legislative, regulatory, and federal advocacy priorities for the 2015-2016 biennium," says a posting on the group's website.

"We hope attendees will also be able to join us downtown Raleigh, Wednesday, Dec. 10 at 6 p.m., for a pre-conference reception. Legislative and key state agency officials will also be invited to Wednesday night's reception."

For more information and to register, visit nclm.org

Quaint Is In: Beaufort Tops Magazine's Rankings For Favorite Small Town PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 30 October 2014 06:32

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - It is a favorite of North Carolinians, and now the town of Beaufort is getting recognition from a national magazine as tops for town with fewer than 50,000 residents.

Travel + Leisure readers voted Beaufort #1 for all its offerings, according to the state Commerce Department's NC NewsLink publication.

 "With its quaint, tree-lined downtown and colorful history – populated with plenty of fishermen and even a fair share of pirates – this Inner Banks town won the survey thanks to its heavyweight small-town charm," the article said.

Readers gave Beaufort high marks as both a relaxing and a romantic destination.

Gaston County Magistrate Chooses Religious Belief Over Gay Marriage Requirement PDF Print E-mail
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By Rick Martinez   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 05:01

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Gaston County magistrate Bill Stevenson has resigned his office to follow his religious belief that marriage rather than perform same-sex marriages as now required by law.

The Gaston Gazette reports that Stevenson left October 16. He reportedly joins six other magistrates who have also resigned in support of their faith.

A federal court ruled recently that North Carolina's legal definition of marriage -- between one man and woman only -- is unconstititional.

North Carolina voters passed the traditonal marriage amendment to the state constititution in May 2012.

Polls show voters continue to support traditional marriage, despite the ruling.


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