Announcements and Press Releases

The Asheville economy is driven by industry leaders in strategic clusters of advanced manufacturing, science & technology, climate, healthcare, and arts & culture. Asheville's entrepreneurs trigger innovations across these industries. The Asheville-Buncombe EDC can assist organizations with corporate relocation by providing research data to make informed decisions about where to relocate a company.

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January 26th, 2015
Asheville Angels, a group of angel investors formed in 2014 to invest in startups and high-growth companies in Asheville and across the Southeast, announced it has made its first investment, in Plum Print Inc. Plum Print raised $1 million from venture capital and angel investors to expand its business of transforming kids' artwork into personalized coffee table books.
January 16th, 2015
White Labs Inc. announced on January 9 its first East Coast laboratory operation in Asheville that will create 65 new jobs and invest $8.1 million over the next five years. Founded in San Diego, Calif. in 1995, White Labs Inc. is a world leader in fermentation sciences for the brewing and winemaking industries.
December 30th, 2014
Job seekers with a New Year’s resolution of advancing their career in 2015 can start with the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s 9th Annual Homecoming Job Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. The region's largest annual job fair will be held at the Davis Event Center at the WNC Agriculture Center in Fletcher.
December 29th, 2014
Perhaps best known as a craft beer and independent restaurant mecca, and as a haven for musicians and artists of all genres, Asheville, NC, frequently makes appearances on lifestyle-oriented “Top 10” or “Best of” lists. Local leaders sought to build an infrastructure to enable businesses to start, grow, and thrive here. Enter the Venture Asheville initiative.
December 12th, 2014
Hi-Wire Brewing announced today it will add 15 jobs and invest $1.62 million in a new brewing facility and equipment. Hi-Wire’s investment will increase capacity from 4,000 to 17,000 barrels, with the potential to grow to 50,000 barrels a year. The new facility, which includes a tasting room, will enable increased statewide distribution.
October 31st, 2014
Linamar announced today a $190 million investment in facilities and equipment and 400 new positions at its Arden campus. The expansion represents a new product line bringing state of the art machining of high-technology transmission gears for the automotive industry. Linamar is a diversified global manufacturing company of highly engineered products with facilities across North America, Europe, and Asia.
October 29th, 2014
According to The Huffington Post, while many cities are preparing for the worst impacts of climate change, "the smartest among them are also preparing for the best, becoming hubs for green tech and innovation that can bolster a city’s economy along with its resiliency. One to watch: Asheville, North Carolina. Now, the city is poised to cultivate a new generation of green tech startups.”
October 21st, 2014
North Carolina ranked with Texas, Florida and Georgia as having the best business climates among the 50 states, according to a new survey of U.S. corporate executives released today at the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) Annual Conference. When assessing the best states for business, corporate executives frequently cited tax climate, “pro-business environment,” incentives/financial assistance and workforce quality/availability among the top.
October 20th, 2014
GE Aviation, a global leader in jet engine and aircraft system production, hosted a grand opening ceremony on October 15 at the site of its new advanced composites factory near Asheville. The new 170,000-square-foot facility will be the first in the world to mass produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite (CMC) materials. Within five years, the workforce at the plant is expected to grow to more than 340 people.
September 26th, 2014
Highland Brewing Company announced expansion plans today to add 15 jobs and invest $5 million in new equipment and facilities over the next three years. The expansion, which includes tanks and a new bottling line, will increase its brewing capacity to over 60,000 barrels, or 828,000 cases, and enable the company to expand their distribution over time.