This Week’s Business Buzz: 10/19/18

October 19, 2018

Huge win for No Evil Foods: the plant-based meat is rolling out to 250 Walmart stores across the southeast. In other news, the Sweet Dreams, Full Plates campaign raised over $42,000 in one month to end hunger in WNC. And MAHEC is celebrating the construction of a new academic health center building.


  • FernLeaf Interactive and UNC Asheville’s National Environmental Modeling and Analysis Center (NEMAC)—two inaugural members of The Collider in downtown Asheville—have launched a collaborative public-private partnership this year that has produced greater climate resilience for their hometown and home state, with ongoing projects expanding their impact across the Southeast and the United States—one community at a time.


  • Park Ridge Health Diagnostic Imaging is excited to announce it is has once again received the American College of Radiology Accreditation for Stereotactic Breast Biopsy.


  • No Evil Foods, an innovative company that produces plant-based meats, proudly announces its launch into Walmart stores, one of their largest to-date in a conventional retailer. The rollout will focus initially on approximately 250 stores located in Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Texas.
  • The Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate the construction of a new academic health center building on MAHEC’s Biltmore campus this month. The UNC Health Sciences at MAHEC building will house UNC School of Medicine’s Asheville campus; a Master of Public Health (MPH) program led by UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health; MAHEC’s psychiatry residency program and psychiatry outpatient care; and health care research, education and community engagement initiatives at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy.


  • After a national search and detailed hiring process, Buncombe County is pleased to announce Donald Warn will join the Management Team as Finance Director. Warn will leave his position as Administrative Services Director for the Metro Wastewater Reclamation District in Denver, Colorado, to join Buncombe County’s administration.
  • Pardee UNC Health Care announced today that Matthew Massey, M.D., a board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic surgeon, has joined Southeastern Sports Medicine and Orthopedics, a department of Pardee Hospital. A foot and ankle specialist, Dr. Massey has cared for athletes of all levels, including professionals in the NFL, NBA and MLB.


  • Friday Staffing is looking for a Milling and Lathe Machine Operator, Material Handler, Dishwasher, Warehouse Worker, Order Puller, and Coldform Operator. For more information, call Angela Paskus at 828-684-8700 or go to


  • The second annual hospitality industry led Sweet Dreams, Full Plates campaign raised an astonishing $42,500 in just one month to help end hunger in WNC. This year, 35 Asheville-area hotels participated in the campaign, raising over 40 percent more funds than last year. Over the last two years, Sweet Dreams, Full Plates has raised just over $70,000, nearly 280,000 meals for WNC. All funds are donated to MANNA Foodbank, a private, non-profit that links the food industry with over 200 partner agencies in 16 counties of WNC.