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The 1990 North Carolina Quality Conference is scheduled for Oct. 4 and 5 at North Carolina State University's Jane S. McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

The conference will feature speakers, workshops and sessions dealing with issues of quality management, production, customer service and other aspects of the business environment.The sessions will offer attendees a opportunity to exchange ideas with peers in groups led by executives from top North Carolina companies. Session topics include ``Getting the Most from Your Training Dollar,' ``What We Mean By Skin Deep: Japan's Inherent Approach to Quality,' and ``The Evolution of Employee Involvement: The Road to Quality.'

There will also be pre-conference workshops held Oct. 3. Participants are not required to sign sign up for the conference to attend the workshops.

The cost of the two-day conference is $250 per person. The price includes an executive reception and dinner.

The preconference workshops cost $75 each for half-day sessions.

For more information, call Linda Ray or Pat Hillsgrove at 919-737-2261.

The American Textile Manufacturers Institute is asking chief executive officers of companies who are members of the industry lobbying group to go to Washington, D.C. Sept. 11 and 12 to lobby for a bill that would restrict textile and apparel imports.

The lobbying will begin with a luncheon on Capitol Hill at noon on Sept. 11 with the Congressional Textile Caucus, a group of legislators from textile-producing areas including Rep. Howard Coble (R-N.C.) of Greensboro.

A rally for textile and apparel workers will begin at 11 a.m. Sept. 12 at the Capitol. More than 3,000 workers are expected to the White House with banners bearing the signatures of hundreds of thousands of workers asking President George Bush not to veto the legislation that has already been passed by the Senate and is expected to pass the House in October.

Dewberry & Davis, a Fairfax. Va. architectural-engineering firm with offices in Greensboro and Raleigh, has acquired Hobbs & Associates, a Raleigh business that specializes in ``global positioning systems.

GPS is a sophisticated technology that enables surveyors to determine quickly and accurately the latitude and longitude of points on the earth's surface.

Hobbs will retain its name under the new ownership.

North Carolina's jobless rate jumped seven-tenths of a percentage point in July, the N.C. Employment Security Commission reported last week.

According to the state's preliminary figures, the North Carolina unemployment rate jumped to 4.5 percent in July, up from 3.8 percent in June.

The state's unemployment data are different from U.S. Labor Department figures, which showed that the jobless rate in July was 4.6 percent. That was the highest unemployment level in North Carolina in three years, according to the U.S. Labor Department.

In the Guilford County, the rate was 4.6 percent, up from 3.5 percent in June, while the Forsyth County rate went from 4.0 to 4.1

According to the N.C. Employment Security Commission, the highest jobless rate last month was in Scotland County at 19.1 percent. The lowest rate was in Dare County; 1.6 percent.

The Citizens and Southern Corp. and Sovran Financial Corp., which merged Saturday to create the nation's 13th largest bank, have named a nine-member management team for the new company.

C&S Chairman Bennett A. Brown will serve as chairman and chief executive officer. Dennis C. Bottorff, currently president of Sovran, will become president and chief operating officer. Other top officials in the new company include Albert B. Gornto, chairman of the executive committee, and Hugh M. Chapman, vice chairman.

The new company, to be called C&SSovran Corp., will have more than 1,000 banking offices in seven states and Washington, D.C., and total assets of $50.3 billion. C&SSovran will have dual offices in Atlanta and Norfolk, Va., the home bases of the former separate companies.

C&SSovran does not have any banking offices in North Carolina, but many industry officials expect the company to eventually expand into the state.

The MBA Association of Greensboro has elected the following people to serve as the organization's officers for the upcoming year.

President, Iris Wilkins; vice president, Ravi Jain; treasurer, Aleta Best; secretary, Marcia Martin.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Spur II - one of only 25 cars of its kind - was unveiled last week at Transco Inc., High Point's Rolls-Royce and Bentley dealer.

The $175,000 car featured a built-in picnic table with accompanying compartments to hold champagne bottles, decanters and cocktail glasses, a compact disk player built into its trunk and a hidden cellular telephone in the rear seat armrest.

The car was is the showroom for only a few hours, though. It had been snapped up by a wealthy southern Virginia man weeks before it arrived, said Transco owner Geoffrey Eade.

Transco is one of 57 Rolls dealers in the United States.


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