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. […]

On May 26, BDI along with Western Piedmont Community College (WPCC), Employment Security Commission (ESC), WorkSource West/VR and Western Piedmont Workforce Development Board teamed up to host an extraordinary event, “Employment: Key Strategies for Getting Hired.” This event was designed to provide job-seekers with tools, resources, and information to assist in obtaining meaningful full time […]

Company Expands in Morganton BURKE COUNTY – Community leaders and local elected officials came together at Ice River Springs for “Celebrate Burke Business.” The event, sponsored by Burke Development Inc, Burke Chamber, Domino’s, and Pepsi, is an opportunity to say “Thank You” and recognize local business leaders and all of their associates for their economic […]

Company Expands in Hildebran BURKE COUNTY – Geiger International, a manufacturer of premium wood case goods, seating, and occasional furniture for commercial and residential interiors, plans to expand their operation in North Carolina. The company will locate in a 93,000 square foot facility in Hildebran, creating 64 jobs. The projected annual average for all employees […]

Burke Development Inc., commonly known as BDI, has been awarded an Economic Innovation Grant in the amount of $75,000.00 from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. Partnering with the locally owned and operated, Opportunity Threads, BDI submitted an application for the Rural Center’s Economic Innovation Grant. The purpose of this project is multifaceted. “This […]

Local company DeFeet International was recently named NC Small Business of the Year by BusinessNC and BDI congratulated them with a Celebrate Burke Business event. Quarterly BDI, along with the BDI Board and Burke Chamber of Commerce, recognizes a local business with a celebration service known as “Celebrate Burke Business”. “We provide plenty of large […]

Recently, BDI Project Manager Misti Humphries completed an intensive course in sustainability and received certification as an Accredited Professional. The course is an ?industry first? developed in conjunction with the Sustainable Furnishings Council and approved by ranking staff of Rainforest Alliance, World Wildlife Fund and one of the co-founders of USGBC/LEED. The program was written […]

(August 24, 2010) – Burke County is now a “Certified Entrepreneurial Community” (CEC). This is an exceptional honor, as Burke is only the sixth county out of the 23-county Western North Carolina region to receive this designation. This designation attests to the county’s vibrant and active entrepreneur environment. CEC is administered by AdvantageWest, the regional […]