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Longtime Panthers attorney fired

Longtime Carolina Panthers attorney Richard Thigpen has been fired, days after the $2.275 billion sale of the team to hedge-fund manager David Tepper. Thigpen served as general counsel of the team for more than two decades. Chief Operating Officer Tina Becker stepped down on the same day Tepper’s deal closed.

Blowing Rock could get new mixed-use space

Durham-based Cardinal West Builders wants to demolish the former Blowing Rock Realty building on Main Street and build a mixed-use space with two retail shops or restaurants and six condominium and townhome units. The Blowing Rock Board of Commissioners approved a rezoning, allowing the project to proceed. The building, which dates to 1887, has been on the market since 2013.

Two manufacturers to make $23M investment, add nearly 40 jobs in Gaston County

Kings Mountain-based Firestone Fibers & Textile Co. and Bessemer City’s Advanced Drainage Systems Inc. will spend a combined $23 million to expand their facilities and add around 40 employees to their Gaston County locations. Firestone Fibers & Textiles will add another 110,000 square feet to an existing 484,000-square-foot facility, at a cost of $20 million, and add 25 jobs.  Advanced Drainage Systems is spending $3.4 million to add 13 jobs to its workforce.

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