Archive for the ‘Well Crafted’ Category

25-Year-Old Launches Two Thriving Businesses in Hickory, NC

Fresh out of college, a young man with big ideas saw an opportunity. For the first time since the 1920s’ Prohibition, North Carolina was going to allow people to buy liquor directly from distilleries.
A window had opened, and opportunity beckoned. N.C. State graduate Zackary Cranford knew he needed to “make hay while the sun rises,” as they say — only in this case, he’d be making bourbon.

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Mr. Byron Logan, Recipient of the Legacy Award

Screen Shot 2016-02-29 at 5.41.23 PMIn 1950, Hickory was a booming manufacturing town, and new businesses were beginning regularly. The post war years were good for the city, and a young navy veteran began his long lasting and lucrative sales career. Mr. Byron Logan never met a stranger, and was a natural fit for the sales world. He developed relationships with businesses throughout the community, and was known for his jovial nature. Business blossomed, and for more than half a century, he has continued to sell his products and build relationships. From office furniture and copy machines to printed invitations, his store meets the many needs of modern shoppers.

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Lowes Foods

5222Moses George and his sons purchased a small grocery supply store in 1931. It grew rapidly under the direction of Moses and his sons for the next half century. In 1984, MDI acquired Lowes Food Stores, which had been a customer. This formed the Alex Lee Family, which has now grown into large-scale grocery company that hires almost 2,000 people in Hickory alone. Founder Moses George had the philosophy that: “If your customers are successful and your suppliers are successful, then you will be successful.” This is the foundation for the company’s continued commitment to superior customer service, quality products, and competitive prices.

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Hickory Daily Record-News. Well Crafted.

hickorydailyrecordFor 100 years, Hickory Daily Record has been bringing news to the Catawba Valley. In 1915, Hickory was a city of around 4,000 citizens. It was quickly becoming known for furniture and textiles, and it was growing in size and reputation. The train tracks through the center of town brought new people, goods, and helped establish the city as a cultural center for the larger area. The Hickory Daily Record has served as a news source and a necessary mouth piece for free speech for a century.

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Blue Bloodhound, LP to create 191 jobs at new location in Hickory

Blue BloodhoundBlue Bloodhound, LP announced today that they will create 191 office and e-commerce jobs in Hickory at the recently renovated Moretz Mills. The company plans to create the jobs over three years and will pay above the average wage for Catawba County. This venture by Blue Bloodhound, LP will utilize web and mobile software to connect available drivers to motor carriers across the United States.

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WHKY-Broadcasting. Well Crafted.

Ralph MangumFor three quarters of a century, the Hickory community has relied on WHKY as a trusted source for news and entertainment. Throughout that time, WHKY has helped weave the fabric of community that is so strong and varied in Hickory. June 10th, 2015 marked the seventy-fifth anniversary of the business. Tom Long has dedicated his life to the business, and has watched it flourish from a 250 watt local radio station to a 50,000 watt station that produces television, radio and web media. The business has rolled with the punches, keeping abreast of new technology and adapting to ever-changing technologies. The station and it’s familiar personalities, including Hal Rowe and Ralph Mangum among others, are an integral part of Hickory, and the community celebrates this anniversary.

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KLINGSPOR Recognized as an American Heart Association Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite

Hickory June 5, 2015 – KLINGSPOR has been recognized as a Platinum-Level Fit-Friendly Worksite by the American Heart Association for helping employees eat better and move more. “Employee Wellness Programs, Healthy eating, and Physical activity are top priorities at KLINGSPOR. We are honored and excited to be recognized […]

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CBSA Architects

0191CBSA Architects, a well-established local architecture firm, has left an indelible mark on the landscape of Hickory, North Carolina and the surrounding areas. Established in 1934 by Robert Clemmer-a Lenoir-Rhyne graduate,  the firm has designed many of the area’s most well known buildings.

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Century Furniture buys Hancock and Moore: Acquisition expected to enhance existing strengths

CenturyBy RICHARD GOULD rgould@hickoryrecord.com There’s no shortage of pundits who fret that manufacturing is going away and moan that furniture’s dying – but the story on the ground at a furniture company in northwest Hickory is a welcome burst of good news.That’s where the president of Shuford Furniture, Alex Shuford III, 42, announced the acquisition of the Taylorsville-based Hancock and Moore. It’s a deal that brings commercial furniture maker Cabot Wrenn and upscale chair maker Jessica Charles into the Century family as well.

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New frontier: Community celebrates revitalized business Moretz Mills

Robert ReedBy Robert Guild for Hickory Daily RecordWhen you drive past the newly renovated Moretz Mills on Lenoir-Rhyne Boulevard you might see a glass and brick commercial space housing vibrant businesses like a state-of-the-art fitness gym, marketing specialists and a spa. But Moretz Mills’ CEO and president John Moretz sees something else. He sees an 82,000-square-foot monument to the Whisnant family that built the mill in 1928 and kept it running through the Great Depression, World War II and beyond. It’s also a monument to his own family and their continued operation in the same structure since 1992. But beyond the owners, it’s a monument to the mill workers who made their living there – a sentiment he made clear at Friday’s grand opening gala.

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