New ABB plant to employ 135 workers

HUNTERSVILLE – ABB, a leader in power and automation technologies, is opening its high-voltage cable manufacturing facility in Huntersville on Sept. 19. The new plant, which will employ 135 people when it opens, will supply high-voltage transmission cables – both AC and DC applications – to carry electric power and renewable energy as part of the nation’s Smart Grid. Invited guests to the event, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 12231 Commerce Station Drive, include Gov. Bev Perdue, N. C. Secretary of Commerce Keith Crisco, Huntersville Mayor Jill Swain, ABB President and CEO Enrique Santacana and former Mecklenburg County Commission Chair Jennifer Roberts.

Krispy Kreme seeks workers; readies Charlotte shop

Krispy Kreme, the Winston-Salem-based international retailer of sweet treats, is seeking 40 to 50 employees to staff the new facility at 119 N. Sharon Amity Road. The freestanding 2,800 square-foot location, in Charlotte’s Cotswold section, will open in late September. It will have a drive-thru window and offer more than a dozen varieties of donuts, iced beverages and Krispy Kreme coffees. Online applications are being accepted at www.sweetplacetowork.com. The company has other area locations in Hickory, Gastonia, Salisbury, Lenoir and Matthews.

Humanitarian award nominees sought

The Charlotte Regional Realtor Association Housing Opportunity Foundation is seeking nominations for its 2012 Humanitarian Award. The award, established in 2007, recognizes an individual, group or organization that is enhancing their communities through service. The winner will be celebrated during the association’s awards luncheon and annual meeting in December. Applications must be received by Oct. 1. For applications, visit www.carolinahome.com and search for “Humanitarian Award.”

Duke assists low-income customers

CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy Carolinas has distributed $11 million to more than 50 assistance agencies in its North Carolina territory. The funds, distributed by the Foundation for the Carolinas, went to assist low-income residents with their energy costs. The monies were part of the settlement agreement in the company’s request to increase rates. For a list of the assistance agencies, go to www.duke-energy.com/north-carolina/special-assistance/agencies. Duke, the largest electric power holding company in the U.S. with $100 billon in total assets, has about 2.4 million customers in the Carolinas.

Hospital receives top heart association award

HUNTERSVILLE – Presbyterian Hospital Huntersville has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline Silver Quality Achievement Award for referral hospitals – the highest possible achievement this year. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment in implementing a high standard of care for heart attack patients. PHH and Presbyterian Hospital Matthews are two only five referral hospitals nationwide to receive silver recognition.

Durant joins Lake Norman Realty as associate

CORNELIUS – Chris Durant has joined Lake Norman Realty as a new associate and is a buyer agent with the Shannon Edwards Team. Durant, who has lived in the region for three years, has 18 years of experience in training and management.

Online tool helps job-seekers

CHARLOTTE – Charlotte Works, formerly the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Workforce Development Board, has announced a new online tool to identify skills, education and training for unemployed and underemployed job seekers in the fields of energy and healthcare. The website profiles over 50 occupations and offers information about training in these specific fields. More information about careers and training can be found at www.charlotteworks.com/jobs/career-paths.

Retired executive gets symphony post

Bob Stickler, a retired Bank of America communications executive, has been named the interim director of the Charlotte Symphony. Currently a symphony board member, Stickler replaces outgoing executive director Jonathan Martin.

Stanley business owner named top franchisee

CompuChild franchisee Bill Ward has been recognized as one of the top five franchises for CompuChild USA. A franchise since 1999, Ward’s company provides technology education to students. His territory includes North Mecklenburg, Gaston, Lincoln, Cleveland, Catawba, Stanly and Cabarrus counties. For information, visit www.bwasap.com. Ward is also a freelancer photographer for Lake Norman Publications, parent company of the Herald Weekly.