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Clinton awarded $1.75M grant for infrastructure for biofuels plant

June 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The town of Clinton has received a $1.75 million federal grant to pay for water and sewer infrastructure for a biofuels plant. Italy-based Biochemtex announced in December it will invest $200 million and create 65 jobs at the Sampson County plant, which will create fuel from regionally grown energy grasses.

Edgecombe County electronics manufacturer receives environmental award

June 9, 2014

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

Keihin Carolina System Technology was among 20 N.C. companies that reached the highest level of the state's Environmental Stewardship Initiative. The plant began improving efficiency in 2011 by eliminating waste and switching from incandescent light bulbs to LED ones.

UNC Wilmington chancellor to resign July 31

June 6, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

UNC Wilmington will conduct its second chancellor search in four years when Gary Miller leaves July 31 to lead the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Three other administrators have announced plans to leave the university this year.

NC Senate committee to propose changes to film incentives

June 5, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to propose a measure today that would change North Carolina's film incentive program to a grant program. The proposal would target more expensive productions while weeding out smaller projects that would benefit from the current incentive. Projects would need to spend a minimum of $10 million to qualify for the grant.

 

Company to create 79 jobs at biofuel refinery in Hoke County

June 3, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Tyton BioEnergy Systems will invest $36 million and create 79 jobs when it restarts production at the former Clean Burn Fuels ethanol refinery in Hoke County. The Danville, Va.-based company will eventually transition from the use of corn to tobacco sugars in its fuel production.

Hoke County ethanol plant sold to Virginia company

June 2, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A Danville, Va.-based company that makes biofuel from tobacco has purchased the former Clean Burn Fuels ethanol plant in Raeford. The plant was built in 2010 for $100 million with plans to bring 100 jobs to the area. The company closed the plant after nine months of operation and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011.

Hoke, Scotland counties prepare to shut down video sweepstakes businesses

May 29, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Hoke and Scotland counties will begin enforcing state gambling laws and will seize video sweepstakes machines beginning July 1. Records show there are 451 machines in at least 23 businesses in Scotland County. 

Seafood prices rise as catches get smaller

May 27, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state's commercial fish and shellfish harvests fell in 2013 for the fourth year in a row, according to a report from the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries. Reasons for the decline include a smaller number of commercial fishermen, rising fuel costs and government regulations.

Rural counties have accommodated unwanted coal ash for years

May 23, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

While the focus of coal-ash storage has been on Duke Energy's 33 ash ponds at its power plants, there are more than 70 ash sites across the state, many on private land in Eastern N.C. Some of the ash has been used in construction of parking lots and roads, but some has been unmonitored and even dumped into wetland areas.

Wilmington area lawmakers file bill to extend film incentive

May 22, 2014

(Star-News, Wilmington)

Three local lawmakers filed a bill Tuesday to repeal sunset dates for the state's historic preservation tax credits and film incentive program and increase the minimum amount productions must spend to qualify for film credits from $250,000 to $300,000. The Wilmington Regional Film Commission expects productions to spend about $160 million this year, compared with $135 million in 2013.

Burns & Wilcox to open Wilmington office

May 20, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Burns & Wilcox will open a 2,500-square-foot office near UNC Wilmington. The Michigan-based insurance and brokerage company already has offices in Charlotte and Morehead City.

Ellmers introduces amendment to keep Fort Bragg airlift wing

May 20, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers has proposed an amendment to a federal act that would deactivate Fort Bragg's 440th Airlift Wing in 2015. The House Rules Committee must approve the amendment before it can be brought to the House floor.

UNC Wilmington CFO moving to UNC Greensboro

May 19, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Charles Maimone is leaving UNC Wilmington and will become vice chancellor for business affairs at UNC Greensboro. Maimone has held the same position at UNC Wilmington for six years, where he also managed a $268 million operating budget as chief financial officer.

ECU announces eighth community dental center

May 19, 2014

(The Daily Reflector)

East Carolina University will open its eighth dental-care clinic in Brunswick County by summer 2015. The School of Dental Medicine already operates four community clinics and has three more in development. The clinics allow students to gain practical experience while providing dental care to underserved communities.

Maola laying off 98 workers at New Bern plant; some jobs going to High Point

May 16, 2014

(New Bern Sun Journal)

Maola Milk and Ice Cream Co. will close the processing division at its New Bern plant and lay off 98 workers. The company will consolidate processing at its plants in High Point and Newport News, Va. About 30 employees who work on the distribution side of the business in New Bern will keep their jobs.

Sea-level forecast will look only at next 30 years

May 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will limit its official forecasting of sea-level rise to the next 30 years. The group is worried that studies that forecast as much as 100 years into the future may not be as reliable and could slow economic growth along the coast.

Decker says 'significant' changes coming for NC film incentives

May 15, 2014

(Star-News, Wilmington)

Without revealing specific details, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said Wednesday that big changes are ahead for North Carolina's film incentives. Decker said more information on the governor's plan for film industry tax credits would be revealed in the coming weeks, though Wilmington officials expressed concern and disappointment over Decker's comments.

After 3-year delay, food technology company ready to expand in Brunswick County

May 15, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

CMS Food Solutions is set to move ahead with plans for a manufacturing plant in Leland that will employ 52 people. The Connecticut-based food technology company bought a 48,000-square-foot warehouse in 2011, but plans stalled over the next three years. The biotechnology company researches and markets technologies that prevent food spoilage.

Laurinburg sees increase in video-gambling businesses

May 13, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

At least 20 businesses that offer video gambling have opened in Scotland County since December, when a District Court judge dismissed a charge against the owner of an electronics sweepstakes business.  

Exports bolster NC tobacco production

May 12, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Despite a declining domestic market, North Carolina tobacco production has increased in recent years due largely to high demand in China, which has an estimated 350 million smokers. Most tobacco grown in the state is exported to about 50 countries.