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Natty Greene’s considering expansion options, including outside Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Natty Greene’s Brewing Company is in the initial stages of searching for another brewing location, which includes locations outside of Greensboro, according to the Triad Business Journal.

According to the report, Natty Greene’s has become the second-largest craft brewery in the state and distribution expansions into South Carolina and Virginia will increase production levels to 20,000 barrels by the end of this year.

Additionally, the brewery is looking at further expansion of distribution into Tennessee, Georgia, Maryland and beyond by the end of 2015.

Developers interested in Ole Asheboro neighborhood in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Developers have contacted Greensboro’s Redevelopment Commission in reference to the 1.5-acre lot on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and Douglas Street.

Councilman Jamal Fox said the lot has been vacant for about 20 years and said he is excited that a developer has come forth willing to pay for the property.

Thursday at 7:30 p.m., the city is holding a community meeting at 414 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive to discuss what type of development the community would like to be built.

The name of the developer and cost has not yet been released.

Man robbed, assaulted by five men in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A man suffered minor injuries when he was assaulted and robbed in Greensboro Tuesday night.

Officers responded to Clifton Road around 11:27 p.m. where the victim said five men approached him at his home and demanded money.

The victim said one of the men struck him. The men then fled the area in a black SUV and were last seen heading towards West Wendover Avenue.

The victim suffered a minor injury and was treated on scene by EMS.

The investigation is ongoing.

PTI Airport Director Kevin Baker talks fares, flights, jobs and Starbucks

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Kevin Baker has one of the most multi-dimensional jobs in the Piedmont. He’s part construction superintendent, designer, marketing director and travel agent – just to name a few.

But he just narrows it down to two: making sure the Piedmont-Triad International Airport’s both an air travel destination and a job-creator.

He’s been the airport’s executive director since October 2010 after having worked for the consulting company that helped the airport successfully persuade FedEx to build its package hub here. It’s a hub everyone thought would generate 1500 jobs. But because of changes in that industry and the economy, it only employs several hundred. Baker says he’s not disappointed.

“No, I wouldn’t use the term disappointed,” he said. “I think they are a jewel to have here. I think the fact FedEx is here led to other businesses locating here such as Honda.”

FDA proposal could affect Triad brewers, farmers

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new regulation that could make it more difficult for brewers to give spent grains to farmers.

Mike Rollinson, Director of Pub Brewing Operations at Natty Greene’s in Greensboro, says spent grains are the by-product of the brewing process.

“We create 2,500 to 4,000 pounds of spent grain every week,” said Rollinson.

For brewers, spent grain is trash. But for farmers, it’s food for livestock.

“It’s a source of protein that I would have to buy,” said V. Mac Baldwin, owner of Baldwin Beef.

Baldwin raises grass-fed steer, but he picks up spent grains from Natty Greene’s twice a week to feed female breeding cattle.

Greensboro food truck businesses double in time for summer

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Registered food trucks in Greensboro have more than doubled following the city’s decision to relax regulations and expand where the mobile restaurants can set up around town.

Permits have climbed from 14 to 39 following changes to Greensboro’s food truck ordinance in 2012, when city council approved allowing trucks to roll into new areas like downtown.

City of Greensboro Small Business Coordinator Reggie Delahanty says the growth is not only a positive from an economic development and quality of life standpoint but also reflects growing public acceptance in the Triad of the non-traditional business model.

Prior to the ordinance changes, Greensboro tested a controversial food truck pilot program downtown that raised concern amongst “brick and mortar” business owners about the impact on sales.

Man dies after motorcycle crash on I-73 in Greensboro

GREENSBORO, N.C. — A Greensboro man died as a result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle crash last Thursday.

Lawrence Earl Moore, 23, of 2100 Sherwood St., was operating a 2012 Suzuki motorcycle on I-73 near W. Friendly Ave. on April 17 when he lost control and collided with a guardrail.

As a result of the crash, Moore sustained critical injuries and was transported to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. He passed away during surgery.

Police were informed of Moore’s death on Tuesday.

The Greensboro Police Crash Reconstruction Unit is still investigating the crash.