Archive for January, 2018

1/26/2018 – January 2018 Caldwell EDC Newsletter

Posted on: January 26th, 2018 by admin


January 26, 2018


The new year kicked off with the annual Caldwell Economic Development Celebration. McCreary Modern received the 2017 Industry of the Year Award, and Elaine Lockhart capped off her 42-year career at CCC&TI by earning the Herman Anderson Award. The North Carolina Rural Economic Development Division also was recognized with the Partner Award.


We are very optimistic about Caldwell’s prospects in the new year and look forward to bringing you more exciting economic development news! Thanks again for all of your support!


January 2018 Newsletter

1/25/2018 – Caldwell Economic Development Celebration videos

Posted on: January 25th, 2018 by admin


January 25, 2018


The Caldwell County Economic Development Commission hosted its 21st annual Caldwell Economic Development Celebration at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.


McCreary Modern was presented with the 2017 Industry of the Year Award, while Elaine Lockhart received the Herman Anderson Award. The N.C. Rural Economic Development Division was recognized with the Partner Award.


Attached below are video links to the ceremony.







1/24/2018 – Your input is requested for a prospective hospitality company

Posted on: January 24th, 2018 by admin


January 24, 2018


As part of the Caldwell EDC’s ongoing efforts to bring new retail opportunities to our area, we have been asked to provide a hospitality survey for a prospective company. Please follow the link to view, print, and fill out the document. The completed form can then be returned to Caldwell EDC Executive Director Deborah Murray at


Thanks for your participation!


Hotel Survey

1/16/2018 – McCreary Modern, Lockhart recognized at Caldwell Economic Development Celebration

Posted on: January 18th, 2018 by admin


January 16, 2018




Furniture manufacturer McCreary Modern received the 2017 Industry of the Year Award during the 21st annual Caldwell County EDC celebration at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.


In operation since 1986 and employing more than 1,000 people in Catawba and Caldwell counties, McCreary Modern has thrived as a private label manufacturer for retailers such as Crate and Barrel, Room & Board, and Arhaus.


Founded by Bob and Michele McCreary, the company has been previously lauded for its advanced manufacturing leadership and the implementation of an employee stock ownership plan that gifted employees with 30 percent of the business.


The McCrearys also have been generous contributors to numerous charitable endeavors including the McCreary Cancer Center in Lenoir, Caldwell Hospice and Palliative Care, Habitat for Humanity, Bob McCreary’s alma mater Wake Forest University, and the Town of Hudson, where Bob McCreary was raised.


Meanwhile, Elaine Lockhart – the former Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute Vice President for Continuing Education and Workforce Development – was the recipient of the 2017 Herman Anderson Award that is presented to an individual who has made longtime contributions to the promotion of economic development.


Lockhart recently completed her 42-year career at CCC&TI and was instrumental in establishing programs to retrain workers who were impacted by furniture offshoring and the Great Recession. Her initiatives included the development of the school’s IT Institute and Electrical Lineman program, along with the expansion of the Truck Driver Training program.


She was also a catalyst in the development of Caldwell is Hiring – a semi-annual hiring event that puts individuals in touch with employers with immediate staffing needs. Prior to her retirement at the end of 2017, Lockhart was awarded The Order of the Long Leaf Pine by N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper in recognition for her longtime contributions to the state.


Also, the N.C. Rural Economic Development Division was presented with a Partner Award in recognition for its outstanding cooperation toward helping Caldwell County businesses grow. Since 2006, the division has assisted more than 30 businesses with over $6 million in grants that led to more than $100 million in private investment.


Through building re-use and other grants, Caldwell County’s economy has rebounded, improving from more than 17 percent unemployment at the start of the decade to 4.5 percent. In addition, Caldwell moved to a Tier 2 county for 2018 in rankings compiled by the N.C. Department of Commerce.


Assistant Secretary Kenny Flowers – who also served as the ceremony’s guest speaker – accepted the award, along with staff members Melody Adams and Hazel Edmond.

1/4/2018 – Caldwell is the only county in the state to show jobless drop in November

Posted on: January 5th, 2018 by admin


January 4, 2018


While the other 99 counties in North Carolina posted a jump in their unemployment rates in November, Caldwell County was the lone county to show a jobless rate decline.


Caldwell’s rate fell 0.1 percentage point to 4.5 percent, according to data released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce’s Labor and Economic Analysis Division. The rate is the lowest November figure since 2000 and represents a 0.5 percentage point drop from last year.


“We continue to document the growth and strength of Caldwell’s business and industry,” Caldwell County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Deborah Murray said. “Caldwell employers continue to create and fill new jobs, and new business and industry continue to locate here.”


Caldwell’s rate was tied for the 41st best out of the state’s 100 counties. The Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton metro region posted a 4.2 percent rate, tied for fourth best among the state’s 15 regions with Burlington and Charlotte.



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