Air Transport World

Tapping attitudes on Main Street. (popular attitudes about commuter airlines) (Lou's Corner) (column)

Hickory, N.C., is a busy, progressive city of 30,000 located some 68 air miles north of Charlotte's burgeoning regional and international air terminal. It is a key player in the nerve center of commerce embracing the central-westem portion of the state.

The bustling community, situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, boasts a rich tradition in the manufacturing of furniture, textiles and products that draw thousands of U.S. and international buyers to its area showrooms annually. Its leaders also point proudly to the area's growing importance in the development and production of ultrasophisticated electronics and fiberoptic technology; to its products and services that are enhancing its stake in the high-tech fields.

The Catawba County Chamber of Commerce claims that 60% of the nadon's furniture and finished-wood products are produced within a 200-mi. …

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