Biz briefs (5-21-17)

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thrivent Mutual Funds honored with six awards

MINNEAPOLIS – Thrivent Mutual Funds has been honored with six 2017 Thomson Reuters Lipper Fund Awards, including winning the Best Overall Small Fund Family (out of 32 fund families) and the Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family award (out of 50 fund families).

In addition to those asset class awards, the Thrivent Mid-Cap Stock Fund, Class S was named Best Mid-Cap Core Fund for both the past three- and five-year performance periods (out of 346 and 295 funds, respectively), and the Thrivent Large Cap Stock Fund, Class S was also named the Best Global Large-Cap Core Fund for both the past three- and five-year performance periods (out of 54 and 46 funds respectively). These awards are based on risk-adjusted performance ending Nov. 30, 2016.

This is the third year in a row that Thrivent Mutual Funds received the Best Mixed-Assets Small Fund Family award (out of 43 for 2016 and 38 for 2015), and the second year in a row for the Best Overall Small Fund Family award (27 for 2016). Since 2008, the firm has won 15 Thomson Reuters Lipper awards.

“We appreciate being honored by Thomson Reuters Lipper for the performance of our funds, which provides recognition of our long-term, disciplined investment process,” said David Royal, president of Thrivent Mutual Funds.

Thrivent Financial is represented in the local area by a number of financial representatives. Individuals interested in contacting a local Thrivent Financial representative can find more information at

Aldi hiring

Known for offering market-leading wages and benefits, ALDI will host a hiring event at its Salisbury division headquarters on Wednesday, May 24, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

ALDI plans to hire up to 100 warehouse associates at a starting wage of $17.90 per hour, with an average of 30-35 hours per week. Additionally, ALDI offers benefits to all associates working more than 25 hours per week, including medical, dental and vision insurance, prescription coverage and paid vacation. All ALDI employees are invited to participate in the company’s 401(k) program.

ALDI is investing more than $80 million to enhance the shopping experience at its stores in the Charlotte, Columbia, Raleigh-Durham and Winston-Salem markets and surrounding metropolitan areas.

This effort is part of the $1.6 billion investment ALDI is making nationally, with its plan to remodel and expand more than 1,300 of its U.S. stores by 2020. ALDI also is investing an additional $8 million to upgrade and expand its Salisbury division warehouse to ensure the company is delivering the high-quality products to all existing and future ALDI stores.

ALDI welcomes all interested candidates to visit the Salisbury division headquarters to receive and complete an application for employment. ALDI offers a comprehensive training program for new associates and no experience is needed.