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Halifax Regional has major economic impact on county

April 1, 2014

(The Daily Herald, Roanoke Rapids)

Halifax County's largest employer had an economic impact of more than $152 million on the area in 2012, according to a study UNC Chapel Hill performed with the medical center. The 204-bed hospital employs 759 people.

GlaxoSmithKline expanding at Zebulon manufacturing plant

March 31, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

GlaxoSmithKline will hire 60 to 75 new workers during the next month at its manufacturing plant in Zebulon as it expands production of several new drugs. GSK employs about 4,500 at its North American headquarters at Research Triangle Park and about 450 at the manufacturing support center in Zebulon.

Wilson Medical Center announces new chief executive

March 31, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

William E. "Bill" Caldwell was named CEO of Wilson Medical Center. He replaces Rick Hudson, who retired when the 294-bed hospital joined Duke LifePoint March 1. Caldwell was previously chief operating officer of Salem, Va.-based LewisGale Medical Center. 

Cozza selected to lead N.C. State Ports Authority

March 31, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. State Ports Authority named Paul Cozza its new executive director. Cozza, a U.S. Army veteran, previously served in various roles at Maersk Line Limited and CSX Corporation/Sea-Land Service Inc. 

Vidant Health to keep Belhaven hospital open; community board will assume operations

March 28, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Vidant Health will not close its Beaufort County hospital on April 1 as previously planned. The health care system will continue to operate the 49-bed Vidant Pungo Hospital through July 1, at which time it will transfer control to a community-based board. The state chapter of the NAACP had filed a federal complaint about the Belhaven hospital's impending closure.

ECU opens dental learning clinic in Harnett County

March 28, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine opened a community-service learning center in Lillington this week, its third such clinic where faculty members oversee fourth-year dental students who perform dental services in underserved ares of the state. The university already operates centers in Ahoskie and Elizabeth City, and four others are under construction across the state. 

New Bern to host PepsiCo shareholders meeting May 7

March 28, 2014

(The New Bern Sun Journal)

Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo will hold its annual shareholders meeting in New Bern for the second year in a row. Pepsi was created by New Bern pharmacist in 1898. The shareholders meeting will be held May 7 at the North Carolina History Center.

Sparks' 'The Longest Ride' to film in Wilmington

March 27, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The film version of New Bern author Nicholas Sparks' latest book The Longest Ride will film in the Wilmington area. It will be the fourth movie based on a Sparks novel to film in the region. 

New Hanover approves industrial investment grant for Fortron

March 25, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

New Hanover County commissioners unanimously approved an incentive package for Fortron Industries to make $50 million in capital improvements at its Wilmington chemical plant. The county will pay a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to five years if the company reaches expenditure benchmarks.

Severn-based company hopes to buy New Mexico peanut plant

March 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Severn-based Hampton Farms bid $20 million at an auction for a New Mexico peanut-butter processing plant that went bankrupt after a salmonella outbreak caused it to close and triggered a nationwide recall of its products.

TV pilots could turn into long-term film projects in Wilmington

March 24, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Three TV pilots are being filmed in the Wilmington area this spring. ABC's Secrets and Lies wrapped production a week ago, the series pilot for CBS's Red Zone is currently filming and the pilot for an FX comedy titled How and Why will film in April. 

Outreach event helps Fayetteville-area small businesses network with military

March 24, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

At a small business outreach event last week, the president of the Fayetteville Regional Chamber told about 650 representatives from area small businesses that Fort Bragg spends about $32 million a day. The event was organized to help businesses learn about securing military-related contracts near Fort Bragg.

Raleigh developer plans $50 million apartment complex on Wilmington waterfront

March 20, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Raleigh-based DeWitt Carolinas announced plans for a 300-unit, $50 million apartment complex along Port City Marina in downtown Wilmington. Pier 33 Apartments will include 32,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

Shuckin' Shack restaurants announce plans to franchise

March 20, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Owners of the Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar restaurants in Carolina Beach and downtown Wilmington have partnered with a franchise developer to take the concept nationwide.

Cape Lookout tourism generated $20 million in 2012

March 19, 2014

(The Daily News, Jacksonville)

Visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore spent more than $20 million at local restaurants and on vacation rentals and other services in 2012. A National Park Service report showed that more than 480,000 people visited the park, supporting 297 local jobs.

Verizon hiring 160 at Wilmington call center

March 19, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Verizon Wireless will hire 160 at its call center in Wilmington due to increased customer-service demand. The telecommunications-service provider employs 850 at the call center, which opened in 2004.

ECU offers new degree in forensic science

March 18, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

East Carolina University has a new degree program to prepare students for careers in forensic science and crime-scene investigation units. The Bachelor of Science degree in multidisciplinary studies with a focus on forensic science will teach students how to perform biological, chemical and physical analysis on crime-scene evidence.

New Hanover considers $500,000 incentive for Fortron expansion

March 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover County commissioners will consider a $500,000 incentive for Fortron Industries Inc. to expand its existing polyphenylene sulfide-manufacturing plant there. To receive the incentive, Fortron would need to invest $50 million and retain 60 jobs.

Wilmington's PPD chosen for study on federal health emergencies

March 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Wilmington-based PPD will join a clinical-studies network of five companies that will supply data to be used to develop medical countermeasures for federal health emergencies such as pandemics and bioterrorism.  

BB&T's King predicts jobs growth at technology center in Wilson

March 13, 2014

(The Wilson Times) 

BB&T chief executive Kelly King said he expects continued growth in the bank's workforce in Wilson, where the bank employs 2,297 at its technology and information center. King said that whenever the bank expands in new territories, jobs in Wilson grow as well. BB&T was started in Wilson in 1872 and moved its headquarters to Winston-Salem in 1995.