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Cumberland County chicken plant may be back on the table

November 10, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Last week's election results could revive talks of bringing a $113 million chicken-processing plant to Cumberland County. Two of the county's newly elected commissioners are in favor of the Sanderson Farms plant, while two are undecided and three are opposed. The Mississippi-based company has said the plant would bring more than 1,000 jobs to the area.

Wilmington's Sutton Lake reclassified for fishing

November 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

State environment officials reclassified Sutton Lake as a public fishery, meaning the 1,100-acre lake will be subject to stricter water-quality standards and more frequent inspections. The New Hanover County lake was created to cool water from Duke Energy's nearby Sutton power plant. 

 

New Hanover Regional names new information officer

November 7, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center named Joe Norris vice president of information services. Norris, who was the Wilmington-based hospital system's chief technology officer for three years, was selected following a national search.

New Hanover Regional among hospitals facing Medicare penalties

November 6, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center will be fined $942,000 in Medicare penalties for not meeting guidelines for patient readmissions. Penalties for fiscal year 2015 are based on readmission rates for heart failure, heart attack, pneumonia, chronic lung problems and elective hip and knee replacements. Only 13 of 87 North Carolina hospitals will avoid fines for 2015, compared with 19 in 2013 and 2014.

Court of Appeals again sides with FirstHealth

November 6, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The N.C. Court of Appeals has ruled for the second time in two weeks in favor of FirstHealth of the Carolinas over Fayetteville-based Cape Fear Valley Health System. The court said Tuesday that FirstHealth should be allowed to move one of its operating rooms from its Pinehurst hospital to its new Hoke County hospital, which will compete for patients with Cape Fear Valley's new 41-bed Hoke County hospital.

Ports director says Wilmington can compete with larger ports

November 5, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

N.C. State Ports Authority CEO Paul Cozza says Wilmington's small size allows the port to provide opportunities and services that more congested cities can't.

Brunswick County hopes to attract more retail development

November 4, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

A recent retail study commissioned by Brunswick County's economic development commission shows the coastal county could support more stores and restaurants to attract shoppers who would otherwise travel to Wilmington or Myrtle Beach, S.C. At least one developer is considering the Supply area for a regional retail center.

Blue Cross adding 30 jobs at Fayetteville call center

November 4, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina will hire 30 additional customer-service representatives at its Fayetteville call center. The Chapel Hill-based health-insurance company has already hired 45 workers for the new call center, which will open in early December.

Holmes named CEO of Wilson's Cornerstone Bank

November 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Wilson-based Cornerstone Bank named Mark Holmes CEO. He replaces Norm Osborn, who was fired in June by the bank's board of directors. Holmes was president and CEO of Greenville-based Select Bank and Trust, which was acquired in July by Dunn-based New Century Bank.

Wilmington's DryCase expands product line through licensing agreement

November 3, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

DryCase, a division of Wilmington-based DryCorp., is producing a new product line that will allow it to expand its offerings in sporting-goods and outdoor retailers. The company is partnering with Mossy Oak, a company that develops camouflage patterns for hunters, to produce waterproof packs.
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Harnett Health trustees approve management agreement with Fayetteville's Cape Fear Valley

October 31, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Harnett Health board of trustees has decided to enter into a management agreement with Cape Fear Valley Health System. The Fayetteville-based health system could assume management of Dunn-based Harnett Health and its two hospitals by next week. Dan Weatherly, president of Cape Fear Valley Bladen Health, will become president of Harnett Health.

Cape Fear Valley Health approves management takeover of Harnett Health

October 30, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Cape Fear Valley Health board of trustees approved a 10-year management agreement of Harnett Health System. Harnett Health board members will vote today on whether to approve the management takeover. The Dunn-based health system has been managed by Raleigh-based WakeMed Health and Hospitals since 2005.

Wilmington startup honored at WSJ event

October 30, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Next Glass was chosen as one of five startups to present at a Wall Street Journal technology conference in California this week. The company is launching an app to help users create personalized wine and beer preference profiles.

Brunswick County hopes new industry will fill void left by DAK closure

October 30, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

As the former DAK Americas manufacturing plant is dismantled, Brunswick County officials say they need to keep working to attract new industry to the area. The Charlotte-based company closed the plant last fall, idling 600 workers. 

Foxx tours Kinston's Global TransPark

October 30, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx toured the N.C. Global TransPark in Kinston on Tuesday, visiting with local students and park tenant Spirit Aerosystems.

Cape Fear Valley Health could vote tonight on deal with Harnett Health

October 29, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville-based Cape Fear Valley Health System trustees could vote tonight on entering a management agreement with Harnett Health System. Trustees discussed a potential partnership during a closed session two weeks ago. Dunn-based Harnett Health has suffered financially since opening the $56 million Central Harnett Hospital last year.

Triathlon training center planned in Pender County

October 29, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

TriHabitat will open a triathlon training venue on more than 1,000 acres along the Cape Fear River in Pender County. The venue will contain a 25-acre man-made lake, a 14-mile paved bike loop, five stadiums and a lodge and conference center and is expected to open in 2016.

GE Hitachi lands $300 million nuclear services contract

October 29, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

GE Hitachi was awarded a maintenance and fuel contract totaling nearly $300 million from Chicago-based Exelon Generation. The contract runs through spring 2018. Parent company GE received a $500 million order for gas turbines from Exelon less than a month ago. GE Hitachi is located in Castle Hayne in New Hanover County.

Piedmont Natural Gas receives regulatory approval for pipeline

October 28, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

State regulators approved Piedmont Natural Gas's participation in the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which will transport gas from Marcellus shale basins in West Virginia and Pennsylvania through Virginia and Eastern N.C. The approval allows Piedmont, Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources, Charlotte-based Duke Energy and Atlanta-based AGL Resources to begin the filing process for federal approval of the pipeline.

Harnett Health CEO resigns amid layoffs

October 27, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Ken Bryan resigned as CEO of Harnett Health on Friday, and the troubled health system laid off an unspecified number of workers. The system lost more than $24 million in the year ended September 2013, according to tax records. Harnett Health's hospitals in Dunn and Lillington are managed by Raleigh-based WakeMed Health and Hospitals.