Monday, September 26, 2016

South Carolina's Fastest Growing Companies Recognizes Integrated Biometrics

SPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Integrated Biometrics, LLC, developer of the world’s most compact, lightweight, and energy-efficient FBI-certified fingerprint scanners, has been named one of South Carolina’s Fastest Growing Companies. This recognition comes on the heels of Inc. magazine ranking Integrated Biometrics No.  965 on the annual Inc. 5000 list of the nation's fastest-growing private companies.

Bell and Howell Announces ONESource Partner Program™ for Services Partners

DURHAM, N.C. -- Bell and Howell has announced the formation of its ONESource Partner Program™, a marketing alliance with original equipment manufacturers with whom Bell and Howell partners to provide end users with on-site service, replacement parts and technical support.

Holistic Health Startup Raises $800K from North Carolina Investors

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Vital Plan, a natural health and wellness company, has announced the successful close of an $800,000 seed round funded by North Carolina investors including Burt’s Bees General Manager, Jim Geikie, and Seventh Generation CEO, John Replogle. The investment will go toward product development, new hires, strategic marketing and innovative technology platforms to support Vital Plan’s accelerated growth.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Bobbitt Builds New Home for Cary Disaster Restoration Firm

CARY, N.C. -- Bobbitt Design Build recently finished construction on a 30,000-square-foot facility for Carolina Restoration Services – the largest family owned and operated full-service disaster restoration firm in North Carolina – located at 3401 Gateway Centre Boulevard in Cary. Keeping business flow in mind at all times during the design and construction phase, the Bobbitt team worked with Carolina Restoration Services to create an office and warehouse space that would accommodate its growing business and workforce.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Textile Producer to Invest $9.8 Million in Burlington Facility

BURLINGTON, N.C. -- Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) recently announced that CS Carolina will expand its presence in Alamance County. The company intends to add 42 workers at its Burlington facility over the coming three years, investing nearly $9.8 million.

Bell and Howell Selected to Support New Sharp INTELLOS Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle

DURHAM, N.C. -- Sharp Robotics Business Development (SRBD), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), unveiled its new Sharp INTELLOS™ Automated Unmanned Ground Vehicle (A-UGV) at the ASIS International Seminar in Orlando, Florida. Following the presentation, executives at Bell and Howell announced the company has been selected as the exclusive service and support provider to customers of the Sharp INTELLOS A-UGV in perimeter-security-surveillance applications.

New Retail Crime Alliance Hosts Successful Inaugural Conference

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Law enforcement and retail loss prevention professionals came together in Charlotte on Thursday, September 8 for the first Annual Conference of the Carolinas Organized Retail Crime Alliance (CORCA) at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel.

Word Power

Ed White, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster
by Ed White
Chairman, Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC)

Those of us in the cleantech industry are part of the next big thing to hit the Triangle economy. We’re not a new industry, exactly, but by changing the term from merely energy to “cleantech,” we broaden the meaning to include everyone who touches power generation, green energy, water systems, data analytics, research, and development, and the connected list goes on.

Don’t confuse cleantech with conservation groups such as the Sierra Club. They’re important, but they’re not cleantech. We’re businesses with payroll and profits to make. The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster (RTCC) was formed four years ago when virtually no one knew cleantech existed in the region. Today, the Research Triangle region of North Carolina is recognized as a global cleantech center of innovation.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Lightweight, Wearable Tech Efficiently Converts Body Heat to Electricity

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity for use in wearable electronics. The experimental prototypes are lightweight, conform to the shape of the body, and can generate far more electricity than previous lightweight heat harvesting technologies.