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August 17, 2012

Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte Opens; $27M Facility for Green Energy Player

By Eliza Theiss, Associate Editor

The city of Charlotte recently added a new hotel to its ever-growing hospitality industry. Located at 7925 Forest Pine Dr. in the southern part of the city, Sonesta ES Suites Charlotte is a chapter of Sonesta International Hotels Corporation—a global collection of upscale and extended-stay hotels, resorts and cruise ships.

The 106-key Sonesta ES Charlotte is an extended-stay hotel and, as such, amenities strive to create a home-away-from-home type environment. Each suite, whether it is an over-sized studio or a one or two-bedroom unit, features a work area with complimentary high-speed internet access, as well a fully equipped kitchen.  Units range between 550 and 750 square feet.

Business-related hotel amenities include 500 square feet of meeting space and a 24-hour business center. Other amenities include a 24-hour fitness room, a sports court, an outdoor swimming pool and grill.  Guest laundry and complimentary daily buffet breakfasts are offered as well.

Located in Charlotte’s Arrowood Business District and in proximity to I-77 an I-485, Sonesta ES Charlotte in conveniently located to major corporations such as Verizon, Microsoft and Frito Lay, as well as prime shopping venues such as Southpark Mall and Carolina Place Mall and entertainment destinations like Carowinds Amusement Park and the NASCAR Hall of Fame.

In other news, Schletter Inc.—a designer and manufacturer of solar power mounting systems—has announced plans to construct a $27 million production and distribution facility in Shelby, Cleveland County, reports Charlotte/Raleigh Citybizlist.

The facility is expected to be completed by the end of 2016, at which point it will have created 305 new jobs with wages averaging $40,660 plus benefits, considerably higher than the $32,760 median salary of Cleveland County.

Schletter currently supplies 25 percent of all solar mounting systems produced and distributed in the U.S. After completing the Shelby facility, Schletter will move its U.S. headquarters from its only other U.S. facility located in Arizona. The Arizona site will become the West Coast hub of operations.

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