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Garner Go-Kart Business Driving Employees In Right Direction

Posted January 16, 2006

— There is a new kind of rush hour off Highway 70 in Garner.

RushHour Karting

, located on Raynor Road, is an indoor go-kart facility that caters to the corporate world. More businesses are taking workers on retreats, but the go-karts are a way to start employees' engines and focus on team building.

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    "You want to bond your employees together and show them it's not just pencils and paper and doing accounting work," said Adam Saad, president of RushHour Karting. "You've got to build the team bonding after work so they'll bond together at work."

    Big in Europe, the popularity of the concept is growing in the U.S.

    Scott Northrup, general manager of Ray Price Harley Davidson, recently brought more than 100 of his employees to the facility. He said it created a lot of enthusiasm back at work.

    "It created a lot of excitement among our associates," Northrup said. "There's a lot of banter going on, people talking."

    Instead of a golf game, Greg Watson came with a client for a few laps.

    "It's cool. I like it. I've just got to get used to it," he said.

    Companies can rent out the track for $1,200 an hour. There are also walk-in sessions available. Prices start at $20.

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