7 lake firms land on Inc. 5000 list

CORNELIUS – Inc. magazine ranked seven Lake Norman-area companies, including Park Avenue Properties, on its 33rd annual Inc. 500|5000, a ranking of the nation's top 5,000 fastest-growing private companies.

CEO John Bradford, who is also a candidate for the N.C. House of Representatives, is honored Park Avenue Properties made the list. Founded in 2003, the firm specializes in residential property management services.

“Our team's commitment, dedication and resolve are the ingredients for our success in achieving a 318 percent growth rate over the last three years,” Bradford said. “It motivates us to continue to grow aggressively, but responsibly, while having fun and enjoying the ride." 

The ranking is based on percentage revenue growth from 2010 to 2013, with companies having generated at least $2 million in revenue.

Companies making the list were:

• Cornelius – Park Avenue Properties (1,352) and HMS Worldwide (3,022).

• Davidson – Impact Financial Systems (1,940) and The Greene Group (4,780).

• Huntersville – ProvidaStaff (680) and Jackrabbit Technologies (2,516).

• Mooresville – Verigent (2,245).

Details: www.inc.com.


Report details Ingersoll Rand’s sustainability efforts

DAVIDSON – Ingersoll Rand released its annual Sustainability Supplement, a part of the annual report that details its advances in delivering solutions that lead to a world of sustainable progress.

Highlights are as follows:

• Its Arecibo, Puerto Rico facility eliminated non-value added materials and reduced delivery stops, achieving a cost savings of $2 million.

• Its global network of employee-volunteer Green Teams includes more than 4,600 employees at 116 sites. They created savings of more than $200,000 in environmental initiatives in 2013.

• It reduced normalized energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions by 36 percent over the past five years.

• Employees in Monterrey, Mexico, created a system to decrease the amount of water drawn from local wells by more than 1,000 gallons per day and reduce the wastewater discharges.

Details: www.ingersollrand.com.


McGuire Nuclear Station gets inspector

HUNTERSVILLE – The Nuclear Regulatory Commission selected Ronald Cureton Jr. as the resident inspector for Duke Energy’s McGuire Nuclear Station.

He joins NRC Senior Resident Inspector John Zeiler at the McGuire plant.

At least two NRC resident inspectors are assigned to each operating commercial nuclear plant. They serve as the agency's eyes and ears at the facility, conducting inspections, monitoring projects and interacting with the public.

Cureton joined the NRC as a reactor engineer in its Region I office outside of Philadelphia in 2004 and later served as an emergency preparedness inspector.

“Ron Cureton has the dedication and background to carry out the NRC mission of protecting people and the environment by helping ensure the safety of the McGuire plant,” NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree said.


Duke Energy aids teaching partnership

CHARLOTTE – Duke Energy announced a $20,000 grant to Charlotte Teachers Institute to fund an energy-related seminar for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools teachers.

The Duke Energy grant will support a CTI long-term seminar, “The Global Energy Challenge,” this year that will include two public presentations:

• “Teachers as Scholars: The Nature of Energy,” Sept. 30 at the EnergyExplorium.

• “Exploding Canons: Under the Lake,” Oct. 21 at Davidson College.


Doctors partner in orthodontics office

HUNTERSVILLE – Lineberger Orthodontics is the combined practice of Drs. Megan and Matthew Lineberger, who met and matriculated at the University of Michigan. 

They moved their practice to 9625 Northcross Center Court Drive, at the end of 2013 and hosted a Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting in August. 

They’ve created a practice with state-of-the-art methods and equipment that treats adults and children and specializes in Invisalign invisible braces. 

For appointments, call 704-892-3300.


Salon offers discounts to teachers

HUNTERSVILLE – Valeria Salon Med Spa Boutique is making it easier teachers to afford the beauty they deserve by offering 40 percent off every service in the salon and spa, including products.

The “Valeria Loves Teachers” Appreciation Special will run throughout the 2014-15 school year.

The company, located at 9620 Holly Point Drive, challenges others to offer special offers to teachers to reward them for their work as schools face budget cuts and overcrowded classrooms.

Details: www.valeriasalon.com or 704-987-3888.