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Chamber E-NEWS July 5, 2011

Linamar Corporation Holds Management Job Fair
Those who joined the Chamber for its 114th Annual Meeting watched the announcement that Linamar Corporation is bringing its newest precision machining facility to Asheville, creating 400 jobs and an investment of $125 million. This investment signals the first U.S. manufacturing location for the leading global supplier of internal engine and driveline components. Linamar will occupy the vacant Volvo Construction Equipment campus at Lake Julian. Linamar expects to be in operation by the first quarter of 2012, with renovation of the facility beginning immediately.

In preparation for launching the organization’s operations in the first quarter of 2012, Linamar is beginning its local recruitment efforts for management and professional positions, including plant management, accounting, engineering, maintenance, logistics and procurement, health and safety, as well as information technology.

The job fair is being held in conjunction with the Economic Coalition for Asheville Buncombe-County (EDC) today, July 5 from 12 - 8 p.m. and tomorrow, July 6 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Haynes Building on the A-B Tech Enka Campus at 1459 Sand Hill Road. A recruitment event dedicated to production and hourly staff will be held in the coming months. Interested candidates are invited to attend the job fair and are encouraged to submit a resume and cover letter to For additional information about Linamar Corporation, visit


2011 Chamber Awards Honor Business and Civic Leaders

Seven individuals received leadership awards at the Chamber’s Annual Meeting, presented by TD Bank, on Thursday, June 30. Awards were presented to the following recipients:

  • The Small Business Leader of the Year Awards presented by HomeTrust Bank

    • Danny Keaton, owner of Danny's Dumpsters, 15 or fewer employees category

    • Sandeep Gupta, owner of Carolina Furniture Concepts, 16 or more employees category

  • The ATHENA Award presented by Webb Investment Services

    • Ann Young, general counsel for Mission Health System

  • The William A.V. Cecil Tourism Leadership Award

    • Oscar Wong, owner of Highland Brewing Company

  • Excellence in Public Service Award presented by Asheville Savings Bank

    • Lou Bissette of McGuire, Wood and Bissette

  • Good Health-Good Business Award presented by Mission Health System

    • Steve Frabitore, owner of Tupelo Honey Café

  • Volunteer of the Year Award

    • Mike Hiers, marketing and underwriting manager, WNCW

Read the article in the Asheville Citizen-Times for more information on our very deserving award recipients. Videos produced by Time Capsule Video of our award recipients can be viewed on the Chamber's YouTube channel.


Call for Public Speakers and Business Experts

The Chamber routinely receives inquiries about public speakers. We are updating our list of professional, motivational and keynote speakers, as well as business experts to use in making recommendations on behalf of Chamber members. The list is used as a guide to assist civic organizations and others looking to locate speakers who are available to present on a variety of subjects. If you are a Chamber member and would like to be added to our speakers bureau list, please e-mail Miriam Metcalf with your name, contact information and area of specialty. You may also call 828.258.6114.

Chamber Hosts CAYLA Intern Alex Mitchiner
The Chamber is hosting an intern from the City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy (CAYLA) this summer. Alex Mitchiner spent her first week with the Convention & Visitors Bureau. She toured the White Gate Inn and worked with the marketing department to see how the site and social media helps entice travel to the area. She then moved on to the membership department to help with the 114th Annual Meeting of the Chamber. We look forward to a great summer with Alex! Hear from Alex herself about the beginning of her internship at the Chamber on the Asheville Business Blog. Learn more about the CAYLA internship program.

News From Our Members

Free Airfare Giveaway!  Asheville Regional Airport Celebrates 50th Anniversary with "Chalk It Up!"
In a celebration of the Asheville Airport’s 50th anniversary, thirty local artists bearing chalk converged on the airport’s airfield near the runway on Thursday, June 30 and created a chalk-art anniversary card. Inspired by Hendersonville’s “Chalk It Up!” festival, the card featured a 20 x 10 foot chalk drawing honoring the Airport’s anniversary as well as icons and amenities enjoyed by locals and tourists who visit the Western North Carolina area. A time lapse video on the airport's website and Facebook page is offering viewers a chance to win a $600 gift certificate for airfare from Asheville Regional Airport. Click here for contest details.

Seasonal School of Culinary Arts: Cooking a Rainbow

Join the top chefs of Western North Carolina, a few guest chefs from abroad, and renowned wine and beer experts for "Cooking a Rainbow" with the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts the week of July 10 - 16. This is a week-long culinary immersion course, or you may sign-up for the day (or half day) for the theme that interests you the most. Each day includes a three hour class with master chefs, a gourmet lunch, and a recreational afternoon/evening session. Click here for a full schedule.

The week's line-up includes Knife & Fork’s executive chef/owner and WNC Chefs Challenge finalist Nate Allen, Cucina 24’s executive chef/owner Brian Canipelli, The Red Stag’s executive chef Adam Hayes, Fig Bistro’s executive chef Bill Klein, Chef Mo’s Restaurant & Bar’s own Chef Mo, Everyone Cooks’ Michael Gentry, Picasso’s Plate’s Chris Aquilino, Discover Italian’s Wally Maria Mazzucco, Log Cabin Cooking’s Barbara Swell, Williams-Sonoma instructor Mary Collins-Shepard, Mushroom Wizard and naturalist Alan Muskat, environmental specialist Mark Brenner, wine expert Eberhard Heide, and more!

AppedOn Presents APP-titude
AppedOn is offering a free presentation to learn more about the emergence of apps in today’s marketplace. Attend to hear about the power of apps to connect businesses to clients and how this affects companies. AppedOn's presentation and question and answer session takes place in the Asheville Merchants Corporation Boardroom at the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce at 36 Montford Avenue on Thursday, July 7 from 9 – 10 a.m. Go to for more information.


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What's Happening

Thursday, July 7

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for YaYa's Frozen Yogurt

Tuesday, July 12

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for

Wednesday, July 13

8:30 a.m.

Member Orientation presented by Asheville Radio Group at the Asheville Merchants Corporation Boardroom in the Chamber Building

Thursday, July 14

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for WNC Appliance

Monday, July 18

4:30 p.m.

Ribbon Cutting for 6th Anniversary of Celebrity's Hot Dogs

Tuesday, July 19

8 - 9 a.m.

Business Before Hours presented by BB&T and hosted by Galileo Planning

Thursday, July 28

8 a.m.

EDC Board Meeting

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Business After Hours

presented by Clear Channel Asheville and Co-Hosted by The Brite Agency and Hunter Banks at Hunter Banks Company



Chamber in the News

Linamar Announcement in the Asheville Citizen-Times

"Company bringing 400 jobs to site near Asheville"

"Linamar deal looks like a winner all the way around"

"Linamar wants to hire Asheville-area workers"

"Canadian firm bringing jobs to Asheville began in basement"

"Linamar comes at a price, but Asheville-area officials say it's worth paying"


Linamar Announcement on WLOS


Chamber's Annual Meeting Leadership Awards in Asheville Citizen-Times


Profile of Chamber's New Director of Entreprenuership, Pam Lewis, in Verve



New Members

Join us in welcoming the Chamber's newest members:

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