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for Business North Carolina Vol. 33 Issue 3, Mar 2013
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Lawrence describes Echo Mountain Recording LLC, which is located in a former Methodist Church in Asheville. It was a chance visit to the city by Los Angeles native Steve Wilmans that perked his interest in moving there. He came in 2004 and the studio opened there in 2006. The Avett Brothers recorded The Carpenter, their Grammy nomination for Best Americana Album, at Echo Mountain. Zac Brown Band, Flogging Molly and Band of Horses, and Steve Martin with the Steep Canyon Rangers, have all recorded there.
Blu Ecigs, the leading electronic cigarette company located in Charlotte, has been acquired by the Lorillard Tobacco Company of Winston-Salem for $135 million. Lorillard began in 1760 and Blu in 2008. Lorillard is a big traditional tobacco bastion, and supporters of ecigs feel they have been sold out, despite assurances from Blu that the sale is just another development stage for ecigs. Otterbourg explains what ecigs are and what the sale will mean in the years ahead. A chart of nicotine's fit in history is included.
North Carolina has always been known for its manufacturing. Now biotechnology is changing manufacturing in the state, including what it makes, what it needs, and how it is seen. In 2011, this growing industry employed over 18,000 people in fifty locations across the state. Business North Carolina assembled a panel of experts to discuss how biotechnology fits in the state's economy, and this article contains their discussions.
Business North Carolina ranks the state's best hospitals; patients pick theirs; and U.S. News & World Report ranks state hospitals by their specialties nationwide and lists the state's Standout Hospitals that perform higher than the national norm in certain adult specialties. There is also some discussion of pay-for-performance contracts that prevail between hospitals and insurers.
In 2010, Stanly Furniture Company brought its Young America line back from Asia to its plant in Robbinsville. In 2013, Stanly will complete its headquarters move from Stanlytown, VA, to High Point. While Stanly will continue to make high-end adult furniture at its Asia plant for citizens of Southeast Asia, the Young America line, including youth beds and cribs, was brought back for quality control. These products are subject to more recalls and consumer scrutiny than regular furniture.