Freirich Foods adds solar panels to go green for St. Patrick’s Day

  • Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 12:18 a.m.
Freirich Foods' solar panels. Submitted photo
Freirich Foods' solar panels. Submitted photo

SALISBURY —For more than 90 years, Freirich Foods has been helping people celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with corned beef, which is synonymous with America’s favorite “green” holiday.

This year, Freirich Foods will also be celebrating being green and saving green in a different way. The company recently completed construction of a 93-kilowatt photovoltaic solar energy system at the Salisbury processing facility.

The rooftop system is comprised of 377 solar panels using roughly 5,600 square feet of roof space. The system uses a non-penetrating solution that clamps to the standing-seam metal roof.

The system will produce enough electricity to meet the requirements of 10 average American homes and offset the annual CO2 emissions equivalent to 8,113 gallons of gasoline. The project was engineered, procured, and constructed using a local workforce by commercial solar contractor United Renewable Energy LLC and financing was provided by Vantage South Bank.

The solar installation offered attractive financial returns as well as an avenue to reduce operating cost for years to come.

William Silva, president of United Renewable Energy, said, “United Renewable Energy is proud to partner with Freirich Foods. This project is a great example of a solar energy installation that is good for the bottom line.”

Freirich also has developed a comprehensive recycling program that redirects much of the waste stream away from landfills, diverting more than 200 tons annually. Freirich also offers cash incentives for employees who purchase electric vehicles and provides charging stations that are free for employees.

“We are committed to operating sustainably and protecting our environment.” said Paul Bardinas, Freirich Foods’ president.

Freirich Foods Inc. is headquartered in Salisbury and also produces pastrami, roast beef and other specialty items.

For more information, visit or call 1-800554-4788.

Monarch adds professional recruiter

Monarch has named Brandon Springs as its professional recruiter and retention liaison. Springs, who assumed the role on March 4, will recruit medical professionals statewide, including in Davidson, Guilford, Mecklenburg, Robeson, Rowan and Stanly counties.

As part of Monarch’s human resources team, Springs will work closely with the organization’s medical director and chief clinical officer to maintain a list of medical professionals and licensed therapists.  

He served as recruiting specialist for Maxim Healthcare in Charlotte before joining Monarch. The Monroe native is a graduate of Appalachian State University.

Monarch provides support to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities, mental illness and substance abuse challenges.

Weant attends financial conference

Wendy P. Weant of Salisbury, an investment adviser with ING Financial Partners, attended the Adviser Insight conference Feb. 4-8 with more than 1,000 financial professionals from across the country.

Attendees received updates on the current economic and market forces impacting investment opportunities, heard from well-known industry speakers and engaged in workshops on retirement income planning and emotional investing.

Additionally, the ING Women’s Advisory Network, established in 2005 to support the needs of ING Financial Partners’ female financial professionals, hosted a luncheon during the conference, which brought together female financial professionals.

Weant offers securities and investment advisory services through ING Financial Partners and can be reached at 704-636-9494.

Helms honored by Thrivent Financial

SALISBURY — John Helms, a Salisbury-based financial associate with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, has qualified for the Sierra level conference by providing financial guidance and solutions to members of the organization in 2012.

Out of nearly 2,300 Thrivent Financial representatives nationwide, 700 qualified for this honor.

Helms is with Thrivent Financial’s East Regional Financial Office, and serves Lutherans and their family members in Salisbury and surrounding communities.

Courtyard Marriott now open for guests

SALISBURY — The new Courtyard Marriott on East Innes Street at Interstate 85 opened Saturday.

The 94-room hotel, Salisbury’s first new hotel construction in 13 years, is designed for business travelers but includes family-friendly amenities like a heated indoor pool and media pods in the lobby, where families can eat breakfast together and watch their own TV.

Manager Nicole MacPherson has hired 20 employees.

Up to 85 percent of people who stay overnight in a Salisbury hotel are here on business. The addition of the Courtyard Marriott is expected to bump up the local tourism marketing budget from $195,000 to $225,000 a year. The city and county each levy a 3 percent hotel room tax.

Food Lion ditches pricing promotion

SALISBURY — Food Lion officials told Supermarket News this past week that the chain was discontinuing a test of reducing promotions in favor of lower shelf pricing launched late last year in the dairy and frozen departments of some stores.

Roland Smith, chief executive officer of Food Lion parent Delhaize America, said the test did not result in volume increases that were as high, or as widespread, as officials had hoped when it launched the four-month test in October. “I can confirm that we saw some clear volume increases and we saw some nice customer response, these volume increases were not across all of our categories and they were not to the level that we were hoping for,” he told Supermarket News.

The program was meant to defend the price positioning achieved during the rebranding initiative at Food Lion stores, which included investments in lower everyday prices along with increases in service and quality.

Financial, legal workshop for retirees

Attorney Thomas R. Sandford II will speak Thursday, March 14, at 1 p.m. at the JF Hurley Family YMCA on how to help protect your life savings from the high cost of nursing homes.

He will also discuss Medicaid law changes, possible veterans’ benefits and more.

The YMCA is at 828 Jake Alexander Blvd. West. Call 800-445-1157 to reserve a space for the free workshop.


Business continuity planning course

A course on business continuity planning and emergency response will be held April 4, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The course is at the Rowan Rescue Squad Building, 1140 Julian Road.

The eight-hour course is designed to teach executive-level managers and small business owners how to develop a comprehensive and effective business continuity program. Participants will have the opportunity to test a plan in the context of a tabletop exercise. 

Topics include listing the costs involved in developing a business continuity plan and identifying functions critical to their business operations.

Questions regarding the course may be directed to Bradley Dean, training officer with Rowan County Emergency Services, 2727 Old Concord Road - Suite E in Salisbury. Call the office at 704-216-8902.

RideNow Powersports of Concord honored

RideNow Powersports of Concord has earned the 2012 Council of Excellence award.

In 2012, only 143 Honda Powersports dealerships nationwide were awarded Council of Excellence status out of more than 1,000 participating dealerships.

“RideNow has worked very hard to be among the elite Powersports dealers in the country, and we are very proud to have earned this status,” said Steve Kolicko, General Manager, RideNow Powersports Concord.

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