Greensboro, NC -- Signs of a good year are starting to add up. The Triad Business Journal reports a preliminary estimate by the Bureau of Labor Statistics says there were a total of 75,800 manufacturing employees in the Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem areas in December.
That's up from 75,200 jobs in November and 74,000 in December of 2010. The December figure was the highes since September of 2009. That's when regional factory employment crossed that threshold.
Speaking of manufacturing growth, the Triad Business Journal reports the former Hatteras Yachts factory in Greensboro is gaining new life.
Brad Flater used to work at the factory and says he is ready to start the research and development phase for his new company "OBX Boatworks."
They are looking at building a new base and are already getting started on business. The company plans to debut its first luxury models at the Miami Boat Show in February.
Also in Friday's Business Journal, Hodgin Construction Company in Greensboro is renovating a former furniture plant.
It will be transformed into a $7.5 million continuing education and industrial center at Randolph Community College.
It will be complete later this year and will double the College's space for continuing education classes as well as its popular computer-integrated machining program.
The project also is significant because it is one of several Triad Community Colleges expanding to handle new programs and rising enrollment.
Triad Business Journal