by Jordan Green

Physical fitness company opens shop in eastern Guilford

Precor, a physical fitness equipment company, opened a new factory in eastern Guilford County last week. The Seattle-based company is investing $26 million in the new facility, which replaces a smaller plant in Valencia, Calif. A company announcement explains that Precor outgrew its California facility, and chose to expand its business to North Carolina because of its “strong manufacturing pool, a good geographic balance to its main facility near Seattle and reasonable construction costs.” The company has previously announced plans to hire up to 142 employees by 2011 at an average wage of $38,456. The company is in line to receive $294,000 in tax incentives paid out over three years from Guilford County and received a $142,000 incentive grant from the state’s One North Carolina fund.

New gift store to open in Winston- Salem

Barnhill’s, a store specializing in books, wine, art and other gifts, is scheduled to open on March 15 at 811 Burke St. in Winston-Salem, assuming all the necessary permits come through. Employee Stacey Castanedo said that if the first deadline is missed, the store will open on March 20. The store will carry titles by Winston-Salem-based Second Wind Publishing and other books. Among the North Carolina wines on offer will be Germanton, RagApple Lassie, Divine Llama, Cellar 4201, Flint Hill and New River. For more information, visit www. or call 336.602.1384.


A story in the March 3 issue of YES! Weekly, “Lewis looks to make history with US Senate run,” misidentified the race of candidate Elaine Marshall. She is, in fact, Caucasian.