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ELKAMET IN EAST FLAT ROCK ANN0UNCES GROWTH AND NEW JOBS

 

 
LOCAL INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO GROW

 

 

East Flat Rock, NC – Germany-based Elkamet, announced plans for an expansion which would allow for the addition of a new plastics-related product to support existing and new business in the automotive sector.  The $2,350,000 plus investment in machinery and equipment will begin this fall, with production slated to begin in early 2015.  The new product expansion will result in the creation of 15 to 20 new positions, in addition to the existing 54 employees.  Elkamet plans to start hiring in 3rd quarter-2014 for positions including  machine operators, and  supporting staff.

Charlie Messer, Chairman of the Henderson County Board of Commissioners, said, “Henderson County’s employment growth is driven by incremental decisions by small and medium-sized businesses that choose to invest in our community and employ our friends and neighbors.  The Board of Commissioners supported the effort to encourage Elkamet’s initial location here, and we are proud to be a partner in their continued success and growth.”

Headquartered in Biedenkopf, Germany the company chose to locate their first and only US manufacturing operation in Henderson County, NC in 2006.  Since that time, the company has doubled their workforce, doubled the footprint of their building, and diversified the markets and customers they serve.  Elkamet Plant Manager Artur Bitner said, “Since the beginning of our engagement here in Henderson County, we found the support and the right resources for a successful development.  This most recent investment is introducing one of our key manufacturing lines to the East Flat Rock location and another important step towards the full integration of the whole value added process.”  Elkamet specializes in manufacturing custom rotational molded plastics, such as hydraulic oil tanks, as well as finishing extruded products, like windshield profiles.  Products made in the company’s East Flat Rock facility can be found in finished goods made by Ford, Volkswagen, Caterpillar, and many more. 

Nathan Kennedy, Board Chair of the Henderson County Partnership for Economic Development commented, “Elkamet’s continued growth demonstrates Henderson County’s commitment to bringing new companies to the area, but also our focus on nurturing and encouraging their growth and expansion.”  Beyond investment and employment impacts, Elkamet continues to showcase their leadership and engagement in the community through the Made in Henderson County initiative, focused on enhancing the connectivity between industry and the school system.  Elkamet has hosted 8th grade students at their facilities to provide a better understanding about the diverse employment opportunities in today’s manufacturing environment.

Job seekers interested in exploring employment with Elkamet should look for postings through www.ncworks.gov and Blue Ridge Community College during the summer of 2014.  For more information about Elkamet, visit www.elkamet.com

 



 

HISTORIC HOLLY SPRINGS ONE-ROOM SCHOOL TO BE HONORED WEDNESDAY APRIL 16TH

The Henderson County Education Initiative and the Holly Springs Union Chapel's Board of Trustees will be recognizing and honoring one of Henderson County's most historic one-room schools on Wednesday afternoon April 16th.

 
The Holly Springs Union Chapel and School dates back to 1878 and was in operation through 1957...and is located in between Mills River and Etowah in the Holly Springs community.
 

The event on Wednesday April 16th at 2pm is part of the celebration of Henderson County's education history and will include historical facts, stories, memorabilia, and music shared by descendants of former students and staff.

Parking is very limited around the historic one-room school, so those who attend are asked to meet at Mills River Elementary School and Mills River Academy at 1:30pm and ride a bus to the event...the bus is being provided by the county school system. 

 

 

 

 

 



 



 

 




 

 

LOCAL CANDIDATES FORUMS START THIS TUESDAY AT 9:05AM ON WHKP AM 1450

Candidates for county commissioner in District One will be on the first FORUM this Tuesday morning at 9:05am.

On each of the five Tuesdays in April, WHKP will be presenting special candidate’s FORUMS that will include all the candidates for local offices in this year’s May 6th primary election. The FORUMS will be at 9:05AM on each of April’s Tuesday mornings; some of the FORUMS will be one hour…other FORUMS will be two hours, depending on the number of candidates in each race. Each FORUM will be “live” in the WHKP studios, with each candidate answering questions from the moderator; each will be given time to exchange comments with the other candidates; and phone calls from listeners will be included. Each FORUM broadcast will re-air the following Sunday afternoon at 12:05pm, following the Sunday morning worship service and Fox News.

WHKP’s News and Program Director Larry Freeman said, “A healthy number of candidates have filed for local offices this year…and primaries will be held on May 6th for sheriff, all three county commissioner seats that are “up” this year, for Register of Deeds, and for NC State House…and it’s our goal to bring them all directly to the voters and listeners, giving each candidate a chance to express their views, to openly discuss their positions with other candidates, and to give callers an opportunity to participate.”

Art Cooley, President and General Manager of WHKP, said, “Because each race in this year’s election is so important to the community, we’ll be presenting these FORUMS with the support of The Pawn Outlet as a service to the community and the FORUMS will be un-interrupted by commercials”. Cooley added, “This is to continue the tradition of leadership in local information, especially with elections and candidates, that our station has maintained for almost seven decades.”

The schedule for the FORUMS will be:

April 1, candidates for county commission District 1; April 8, candidate for county commission District 3; April 15, candidates for county commission District 4; April 22, candidates for sheriff; April 29, candidates for Register of Deeds and for NC House. (Local school board candidates will not be on the ballot in the May 6th primary, so they will be included in FORUMS leading up to the general election this fall.)

Freeman will be moderating each FORUM…and said listeners are invited to submit questions ahead of time for the candidates: call them in during regular office hours, FAX them in to 693-9329, e-mail them in to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or drop them off by Broadcast House.

Each FORUM can also be heard on WHKP's web site and on Morris Broadband channel 11, the County Government Channel.

 

 

 



HUNDREDS OF POWER OUTAGES DUE TO STRONG WINDS IN HENDERSON COUNTY SUNDAY MORNING

MOST OF SUNDAY'S POWER OUTAGES WERE RESTORED SUNDAY AFTERNOON 

HIGH WIND WARNING SET TO EXPIRE SUNDAY EVENING

With a high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service, strong winds indeed developed late Saturday and blew through Hendersonville and Henderson County through the entire night and into the middle of the day on Sunday. Wind gusts estimated to be as great as 50 miles per hour and greater brought down numerous trees and power lines in the area.

Several thousand lost power overnight Saturday and by mid-day on Sunday, Duke Energy crews had restored power to many but close to 1700 power outages were reported in the county….Hoopers Creek and Mills River were particularly hard hit…but Hendersonville, Flat Rock, and the Balfour area also suffered downed trees and limbs and other wind damage and power outages. The high wind warning was set to continue through the day on Sunday and expire Sunday evening.

Some of the best weather Western North Carolina has experienced since last fall is set to begin on Monday…with sunny, mild, and dry conditions forecast Monday on through Thursday…with daytime high temperatures in the 60s and 70s and overnight lows mostly in the mid 40s.

Updated 1pm Sunday 3/30/14

By WHKP News Director Larry Freeman

 

 

 

 

 

 

HENDERSONVILLE HIGH SENIOR NAMED NC YOUTH OF THE YEAR

As WHKP News has been reporting, Hendersonville High senior Aleigha Edwards was earlier named the local "Youth of the Year"...and now the Boys & Girls Club statewide organization named her its North Carolina Youth of the Year on Saturday in Greensboro.           

 

Taking the highest honor a member of the local Boys & Girls Club can receive in January, Edwards was named Youth of the Year  for Henderson County and moved onto state competition. Her victory at the state level was announced in an item posted on the club's Facebook page.

State winners each receive $1,000 scholarships and will go on to participate in regional competitions. The National Youth of the Year is eligible for a $50,000 scholarship and is installed by the president of the United States.

After she won her local title, Edwards described how the Boys and Girls Club helped her overcome negative peer pressure and feelings of insecurity and emerged from it, “focused, compassionate, empowered and inspired.”

She hopes to study elementary education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Photo by the Hendersonville Times-News

 

 

 



SUMMER BACKPACK PROGRAM HAS FUNDRAISER THIS TUESDAY

 

BE LISTENING TO WHKP AM 1450 FOR INTERVIEWS AND DETAILS ON THE "GOOD MORNING, MORNING HENDERSONVILLE" SHOW WITH JERRY MAC...MONDAY MORNING AFTER MIKE HUCKABEE AT 8:30

The Summer Backpack Ministry of the Carolina Baptist Association, will be hosting a fund raising event at the Hendersonville Chick-fil-A on Four Seasons Blvd from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1st. NO FOOLING... eat dinner on April Fool's evening and stop by the booth and learn about and help hungry children in Henderson County.

According to George H. Erwin Jr., "There are 13,500 students enrolled in Henderson County Schools and 55% (7,425) are enrolled in the free or reduced cost lunch program. Of these, roughly 700 children receive a food backpack each Friday to help feed them each weekend during the school year. During the summer, many of these 7,425 children go hungry. They do not receive the daily meals at school nor the weekend backpacks."

"The Carolina Baptist Association in partnership with the Henderson County Schools developed a comprehensive strategy to provide food to these children during the summer" Erwin said. This is the fourth year of the program and the need has continued to rise according to Erwin.

If you cannot attend the Chick-fil-A event, or want more information you can support the Summer Backpack Food Program by contacting the Carolina Baptist Association at 828.693.4274.

 

 

 

 



GOVERNOR AND CONGRESSMAN VISIT LOCAL PLANT FRIDAY RECOGNIZING HARD WORK AND GROWTH

Gov. Pat McCrory  (left) and Congressman Mark Meadows (right) congratulated plant workers and celebrated the state’s continuing economic recovery Friday, marking a $35 million expansion at the Continental Teves Henderson County plant in one of the region's fastest growing industrial areas on Boyleston Highway 280 between Fletcher and Mills River.

The auto parts manufacturer employs some 600 workers locally and plans to add another 40 jobs to the area economy.

“Today, for the first time in seven years, North Carolina is now below the national average for unemployment,” McCrory announced at the grand opening ceremony.

In February, North Carolina’s jobless rate dropped to 6.4 percent, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Last year, our unemployment was at 9.4 percent. Now down to 6.4 percent, that’s quite a drop,” McCrory said.

An improving economy — with car sales ticking back up — led to Continental’s investment in the local plant. Each week 60,000 vehicles equipped with Continental brake parts roll off the assembly lines of 25 plants around the world.

“Thanks to the growing demand for brake calipers and the overall economic turnaround in North America, we have nearly tripled our regional production at the Henderson facility over the past three years,” said Samir Salman, chief executive officer for Continental North America.

Continental announced plans for a multi-million dollar expansion as few years ago...and has honored that committment by adding more new jobs and continuing growth.

Governor McCrory, Western North Carolina Congressman Mark Meadows, and other state and local officials attended the event this past Friday at the Continental plant.

(Photo from the Hendersonville Times-News)

 

 

FAMILIAR DEFENDANT CHARGED WITH FORGERY

After a complaint was received from an elderly gentleman's family concerning stolen and forged checks,  detectives from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office have arrested Daniel Lind age 43, of Bee Hive View Lane, Hendersonville on (14) felony counts of Forgery of an Endorsement, (14) felony  counts  Uttering a Forged Instrument and (1) count of misdemeanor Larceny.  

 Lind allegedly befriended the elderly gentleman, a Catholic Priest,  and offered to take care his cat after a fall and broken hip required relocation out of state with family members during a period of convalescence. During this time Lind was alleged to have stolen a book of checks,  forged them and cashed a total $5750.00 on the account.

 Lind is currently incarcerated in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $42,500.00 bond.

Defendant Lind was arrested and charged some tome back on other charged of leaving his minor children in his care alone for a prolonged length of time.

 

 



 

 



ARREST MADE IN BREAK-IN AND VANDALISM AT EDNEYVILLE SCHOOL

 A quick response by officers from the Henderson County Sheriff's Office led to the arrest of Ian Traxler Nelson, age 19, of 106 Holly Lakes Drive, Dublin, GA.

Deputies responded to an alarm at  Edneyville Elementary School on Pace Road around 10pm last evening. As officers neared the school they discovered  a white male wearing dark pants and a gray hoodie walking toward US 64 East.  Deputies detained the individual who was later identified as Traxler.  Upon further investigation Traxler admitted to breaking and entering into the elementary school and discharging two fire extinguishers on the gymnasium floor. He also admitted throwing a cinder block through the window of Kings Grove Baptist Church located just across the street from the school.  

Officers charged Traxler with two (2) misdemeanor counts of Injury to Real Property and one (1)  count of Misdemeanor Breaking and Entering.  Traxler is currently incarcerated in the Henderson County Detention Facility under a $2000 secured bond.

 








ILLEGAL GAMBLING ACTIVITIES REPORTED AT TAR HEEL LANES ON THE ASHEVILLE HIGHWAY

 

Some alleged illegal gambling activity has been discovered at Tar Heel Lanes on the Asheville Highway.
 

Henderson County sheriff's Chief Deputy Frank Stout reported Thursday afternoon that based upon information from a Crime Stoppers tip, officers were able to substantiate Tarheel Lanes Family Recreation Center on US 25 in Hendersonville was engaged in illegal gambling activity. During service of a search warrant last evening State and local authorities located a private room within the business where the illegal activity was occurring. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.

When citizens in the community see or suspect  illegal or prohibited activity, such as gambling,  Sheriff Charles McDonald encourages them to continue reporting information to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office or Crime Stoppers in an effort to keep these type establishments from opening or doing business in Henderson County.