Eighty-two people who work at a fiber cement siding manufacturing operation in Roaring River were placed on furlough on April 8, according to a WARN Act notice filed with the N.C. Department of Commerce.

The Brushy Mountain tree fruit crop made it through a spring freeze warning issued for early Saturday morning and a severe thunderstorm late Sunday night and early Monday morning without any damage.

Craftmaster Furniture, an upholstery producer with operations in Alexander and Wilkes counties, announced that its manufacturing operations and offices will be shut down for two weeks starting Thursday due to concerns about the coronavirus.

Wilkes Economic Development Corp. President LeeAnn Nixon spoke about several available buildings in North Wilkesboro owned by businessman Scott Nafe, and two in Wilkesboro that Nafe is buying, during the Wilkes EDC board meeting on March 13.

An information session on NC AgVentures, which provides grants to North Carolina farmers and community groups for new and innovative agricultural project ideas that increase profits, is from 4–5 p.m. Wednesday at the Wilkes Cooperative Extension office in Wilkesboro.

Thomas Brothers Meat Processing on Thomas Street, North Wilkesboro, has been acquired by its largest customer, Seth Church and his business, Wilkes County-based Apple Brandy Beef LLC.

On Wednesday, Lowe's Companies Inc. reported net earnings of $1.7 billion and earnings per share of $2.14 for the quarter ending Aug. 2, up from $1.5 billion and of $1.86 in the second quarter of 2018.

The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded a $63,000 grant to the Wilkes Economic Development Corp. for buying agricultural equipment for Wilkes County farmers to rent at reduced prices.

The ECMD Inc. Board of Directors has promoted Todd Meade to president and CEO of the North Wilkesboro-based company, effective immediately.

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Lowe’s Companies Inc. announced today that the Lowe’s customer support center in Wilkesboro will lose about 680 positions, with about 600 going to the Lowe’s headquarters in Mooresville and about 80 to the company’s data center in Winston-Salem.

Wilkes County farmers have until 9 a.m. March 17 to apply for free seed through the Spring Pasture Renovation Seed Initiative to replant pastures damaged by heavy rain associated with Hurricanes Florence and Michael, said Wilkes Cooperative Extension Director John Cothren.

The February edition of the  Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Newsletter is available online. Please follow the link below to access the file.

A man who sold his Raleigh-based software company in May so he could focus on helping prison inmates succeed in business spoke at the recent Wilkes Chamber of Commerce Membership Celebration at the Walker Center.