On Thursday November 10, BDI staff, along with elected officials from the Town of Hildebran and Burke County, honored the employees of Adden Furniture with “Celebrate Burke Business”. The purpose of Celebrate Burke Business is to support and promote existing business and industry in Burke County. A key parameter of BDI’s overall strategy is to […]

On October 18, BDI hosted an Economic Forecast Breakfast that featured a presentation by Wells Fargo Senior Economist Mark Vitner who shared some important insights. Vitner, whose commentary has been featured in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal, is based in Charlotte and is responsible for tracking U.S. and regional economic trends. His […]

In October Burke County, along with Alexander, Caldwell and Catawba counties are involved in the launch of a new website that allows North Carolina manufacturers to market their products and capabilities. Learn more now? Manufactured in NC is supported by the NC State Industrial Extension Service and a grant from the NC Rural Center. Any […]

Gerresheimer Glass Morganton Plant was recently given the “Best Plant” award by the corporation, naming it the top performing plant out of 45 facilities worldwide. The plant opened in Morganton in 1990 as Kimble Glass and later became part of Gerresheimer Glass, headquartered in Dusseldorf, Germany. Gerresheimer is globally recognized as a manufacturer of high-quality […]

Did you know that 80% of available jobs are never advertised? The Department of Labor also reports that over 50% of employees find their jobs through networking. To provide networking and employment leads, Burke County’s ESC, BDI and the First Baptist Church of Morganton have teamed to offer the second round of Job Club on […]

The N.C. Department of Commerce’s Business Link North Carolina (BLNC) recently launched its updated website. The site is designed to direct North Carolina businesses and service providers to the resources needed to start, grow and expand businesses. It also directs clients to a cost-free consultation with a BLNC business counselor. This service of the state […]

Thanks to a $132,000 grant from the NC Rural Center’s Building Reuse and Restoration Grant Program Michelle’s Bakery will soon relocate their business to a 12,000 square foot existing building along I-40 in Rutherford College. Best Friends Vending, Inc., doing business as Michelle’s Bakery, plans to expand their operations in North Carolina. Michelle’s Bakery plans […]

Join us, and the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, in recognizing the contributions local business make to our business community at the 2011 Cornerstone Awards. The Cornerstone Awards luncheon will be held Oct. 13 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at First Baptist Church of Morganton. Tickets are $25 for Chamber members and$35 for non-members. To purchase […]

Burke Development wrapped up their 2010-2011 fiscal year on June 30 and presented an Annual Report to the BDI Board. Here are some of the highlights. Our biggest highlights for the 2010-11 year were the five job creation announcements made including Carolina Artisan Group, Lyon Manufacturing, Gieger/Herman Miller, Ice River Springs and Ekornes ? which […]

BDI announced last week that furniture manufacturer Ekornes ASA plans to open their first US manufacturing operation in Burke County. Fifty-eight jobs will be created when operations begin in a 100,000 square foot facility in Morganton. Ekornes ASA, Scandinavia’s largest furniture manufacturer, plans to open their first US manufacturing operation in Burke County, North Carolina. […]