Business Roundup: Rowan Diagnostic Clinic has new logo for 60th anniversary

Published 12:00 am Sunday, April 19, 2015

Rowan Diagnostic Clinic, now celebrating its 60th continuous year in Rowan County, has adopted a new corporate logo that positions the medical clinic for future growth.

The clinic now operates three offices — in Salisbury at 611 Mocksville Ave., in Spencer at 446 S. Salisbury Ave., and in Cooleemee, serving adults, at 143 Marginal St.

The clinic was started in 1955 by Dr. Roy Agner. Dr. Paul McCubbins began his practice in 1962 and Dr. Larry Gish joined in 1970. The practice became incorporated as Rowan Diagnostic Clinic in 1971.

The clinic is an independent, physician-owned, multi-specialty medical practice with 32 physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants on staff.

The new RDC logo was designed by Miller Davis Agency of Salisbury.

Specialties include endocrinology, gastroenterology, internal medicine, pulmonology and critical care, rheumatology, hospitalist services, IMPACT (Internal Medicine Pre-Anesthesia Care and Treatment) pre-operative services for patients undergoing surgery; and aerospace medicine, including airmen medical examinations for both private and commercial pilots and high altitude testing for altitude sickness. The practice is also certified by the state to perform Department of Transportation physicals. It maintains the only office-based colonoscopy and upper endoscopy suite in Rowan County, and the suite is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care Inc.



New name for company

A local industry has a new name. Performance Fibers, at 7401 Statesville Blvd, is now DuraFiber Technologies Inc.

The Asian portion of Performance Fibers, along with the naming rights, were acquired by Indorama Ventures.  The European and North American portions of the company remain under its current owners with the new name.

The company is a leading producer of industrial polyester fibers and fabrics.

Discussion will present statistics of falls by seniors

Allison Starnes, Physical Therapist with Gentiva Health Care, will give statistics on falls among seniors as well as exercises and various ways to be aware of situations to prevent falls during a lunch at Carillon Assisted Living at 1915 Mooresville Road on Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

One out of three seniors are at a risk of falling, which can result in serious debilitating injuries and in many cases, death.

Bring a friend and be sure to reserve your seat no later than Wednesday by noon by calling 704-640-5152 or email

Walk to end Alzheimer’s

The Alzheimer’s Association-Western Carolina Chapter invites businesses and employees in Rowan and Cabarrus counties to support the 2015 Rowan-Cabarrus Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

The 2015 Rowan-Cabarrus Walk to End Alzheimer’s will take place Sept. 19 from 9 a.m. to noon at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis.

The Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Teams of walkers can be organized as a community support opportunity, with employees helping to raise funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s disease. It’s easy to register a team or join an existing team at, and there is no fee to register.

Volunteers are needed to help on planning committees and for individual tasks and activities, including event day. For information on volunteering, contact Jo Kearns at or 704-633-2792.

For information about business sponsorships, contact Caitlyn Haffey, Development Specialist at the Alzheimer’s Association, 704-313-8113, email

Belk hosting makeup artist

Belk in Wallace Commons on Klumac Road is hosing an event with Lancôme Celebrity makeup artist Ricardo Costales Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m

Costales, along with a team of Lancôme National Makeup artists, will be at the store to indulge customers with a French facial massage, a makeup lesson including tips and techniques from Ricardo himself.

Reserve your appointment with a $25 reservation fee, which is 100 percent redeemable toward purchases that day. Call 704-636-5241 ext. 268 or visit the store for reservations.

Presentation on senior safety

CONCORD — April 28 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m, Morningside of Concord, 500 Penny Lane NE, Gentiva Home Health, Better Business Bureau and Elder Care attorney Marjorie Brown will conduct a Senior Safety and Scam presentation.

Information on how seniors can protect themselves from fraud, scams and identity theft will be discussed. This free event is open to the community and dinner will be provided. Reservations are necessary. Please contact Gentiva representative Susan Wear at 704-933-1001 for reservations. Deadline for reservations is Friday.

Efird earns distinction

CONCORD — Jay W. Efird, of Concord, a representative of Modern Woodmen of America, has been named to Modern Woodmen’s President’s Cabinet.

This distinction recognizes Efird’s high achievement in life insurance sales and ranking among the organization’s top representatives nationwide. Founded in 1883, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial products and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States.

The local Modern Woodmen office is located at 860 Craigmont Lane NW. Contact Efird at 704-244-8353 for more information.



Financial workshop for seniors

Estate & Elder Planning Center of North Carolina is sponsoring and presenting a Senior Financial and Legal Workshop Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Hurley YMCA on Jake Alexander Boulevard West. There is no admission and nothing will be sold.
People 62 years and over are cordially invited to hear about topics including how to protect assets from catastrophic illness, exemptions from nursing home attachments, possible veteran’s benefits, reducing or eliminating taxes on certain incomes, myths and facts about Wall Street and much more.
If married, please bring your spouse. Seating is limited, please call 800-445-1157 to RSVP your reservation.
Patterson Farm recognized

MT. ULLA — Patterson Farm Market & Tours on Caldwell Road has been recognized nationally for a marketing brochure promoting its educational field trip opportunities.

Patterson Market and Tours was recognized in the “Best of the Best” marketing competition by The Maize, a corn maze design and consulting company in Spanish Fork, Utah. It was selected as the overall winner in the Best Print Marketing competition for its educational school tours brochure, “Seeds of Knowledge.”

Miller Davis Agency of Salisbury produces Patterson Market & Tours print materials and video.

Patterson Farm Market & Tours worked with the Rowan/Salisbury Schools to promote reading with a “Get Lost in a Book Maize Weekend” Nov. 1-2 featuring author Chris Grabenstein and his New York Times best-seller, Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library, and a book giveaway by the Salisbury Altrusa Club. Patterson will work with the school system again on its 2015 corn maze to promote healthy lifestyles for students.

Patterson Farm Market & Tours has worked with the Utah company for four years on its maze design. The corn maze at Patterson is a highlight of fall activities, which also include school tours, such as Pumpkin Patch, Geocaching, Dirt on Dirt, and Farm History; Learn and Grow Discovery Farm; and special events such as appreciation weekends for teachers, the military and scouts.

Fowler joins Thrivent Financial

Chris Fowler of Salisbury has joined Thrivent Financial as a financial representative with the organization’s Eastern Regional Financial Office. Fowler offers comprehensive financial strategies, personal customer service and a wide range of financial products. His office is located at 2507 Jake Alexander Boulevard South in Salisbury.

Before joining Thrivent Financial, Fowler was director of development at Salisbury Academy and also served as the area director of Young Life in Rowan County for 10 years. Fowler graduated from Appalachian State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. He received his Master of Divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. He attends Salisbury’s First Baptist Church.

“We see Chris as a valuable addition to our office’s field staff,” Steve Molen, managing partner of the Eastern Regional Financial Office, said. “We look forward to the energy and dedication Chris will bring to the team. He will play a key role in our mission of serving our members’ financial needs.”



Changes at Warrior Golf Club
New features at Warrior Golf Club this season include: A new cart fleet with touchscreen GPS, remodeled grill with five flat screens, a 17-foot bar and an updated menu with many homemade items, revamped Pro Shop with expanded lines, custom fitting, same day club repair and prices set below big-box stores.
Tracy joins Maintainer Corp.
Maintainer Corporation of Iowa has announced that Southeast Regional Sales Manager Bill Arthur plans to retire at the end of 2015 and the company has hired Steve Tracy, of Salisbury, as successor to that role.
“We are pleased to find someone with Steve’s truck sales experience to fill Bill’s shoes,” said Tom Wibben, Maintainer’s Sales and Service manager. “Steve has a deep understanding of what it takes for dealers to be successful. I think our customers will feed off Steve’s energy and capitalize on the growth opportunities in the Southeast United States.”
Tracy worked for 15 years at the distributor level in roles varying from general manager to outside sales. He currently lives with his wife of 27 years, Rhonda, at their home in Salisbury. They have two adult children, Bryan and Melissa.
“Maintainer builds such high-quality truck bodies with features that customers love,” said Tracy. “I look forward to learning from Bill and the Maintainer Dealer network and to build on their success.”