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Proposed development would bring 2,200 residential units to Pender County

March 11, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Trask Land Co. is planning a 1,300-acre community in Pender County that would add 2,200 residential units over ten years. If the county approves plans for the Blake Farm development, the company hopes to begin infrastructure site work in the fourth quarter of this year.

Boat builder to open Brunswick County plant

March 11, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The 33rd Strike Group, which will assemble catamarans from components shipped from Taiwan, will open in a 35,000-square-foot space and create 50 jobs over the next several years. The company will begin operations May 1.

Federal bureau endorses seismic testing in the Atlantic

March 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a statement that endorses East Coast seismic testing. While the Department of the Interior has not issued a final decision on the subject, many view the endorsement as the first step toward allowing drilling for oil and gas along the coast.  

NAACP protests closing of Vidant Pungo Hospital

March 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The NAACP is protesting Greenville-based Vidant Health's decision to close its rural hospital in Belhaven. Vidant Pungo, scheduled to close on April 1, is the only emergency-care provider in the area and serves 25,000 people. Vidant says its decision was based on the state's refusal to expand Medicaid.

Wilmington may join other NC cities courting Stone Brewing Co.

March 6, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington leaders will consider submitting a proposal for Escondido, Calif.-based Stone Brewing Co. to open a new East Coast brewery there that would bring an estimated 370 jobs. According to Stone's senior construction manager, Asheville, Charlotte and Greensboro have been actively working to recruit the brewing operation. The company is accepting proposals through March 15.

Wilson Medical Center now part of Duke LifePoint

March 4, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Wilson Medical Center finalized a joint venture that gives Duke LifePoint Healthcare an 80% ownership stake in the hospital. Terms of the agreement include $120 million in capital improvements over the next decade.  

"Max Steel" to film in Wilmington

March 3, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

"Max Steel," a feature movie about a Mattel action figure, will film in Wilmington, though production dates are still unknown.

Concern grows over coal-ash ponds near Goldsboro after Eden spill

February 28, 2014

(WRAL.com)

A Neuse riverkeeper says toxic pollutants have been seeping into the groundwater from coal-ash ponds at Duke Energy's shuttered coal-fired plant near Goldsboro for years and state regulators have done nothing to stop it. 

Pender County golf course sells for $1 million

February 28, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Two area real-estate developers have purchased Topsail Greens Golf Club in Hampstead for $1.05 million and plan to redevelop the property as a residential and commercial project called Wyndwater. The 40-year-old golf course closed last spring when First Federal Bank foreclosed on it. 

Harnett County paving company expands into Robeson County

February 28, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Lillington-based Johnson Bros. Utility and Paving will open a second asphalt plant in St. Paul's and hire 25 workers. The site is still under construction, and the company has not announced when it will open the Robeson County plant.

Fayetteville's Prince Charles Hotel will be auctioned

February 27, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Prince Charles Hotel in downtown Fayetteville will be auctioned by March 6. A developer had planned to renovate the aging structure but abandoned plans when the city refused to contribute financially to the project.

Wilmington-based Fuzzy Peach yogurt stores sold to U-Swirl

February 25, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Fuzzy Peach, a chain of frozen-yogurt shops founded in Wilmington by three graduates of UNC Wilmington's business school, has been sold to Henderson, Nev.-based U-Swirl Inc. in a deal worth up to $830,000. Fuzzy Peach has 17 franchise locations in four states with 18 more in development. All stores will keep the Fuzzy Peach name.

Oak Island puts moratorium on building giant beach houses

February 25, 2014

(The Times-News, Burlington)

The Brunswick County beach town of Oak Island has placed a three-month ban on building homes with more than six bedrooms after some residents complained about a property owner's request to build a 15-bedroom, 12-bath home. The town council hopes to have new regulations in place by mid-April.

Strata Solar building more solar farms in Eastern NC

February 24, 2014

(The Free Press, Kinston)

Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar will build two more solar farms in Lenoir County and one in Greene County. The solar-energy company completed two farms in Lenoir County in July, which combined power about 1,500 area homes and buildings.

Purdue Pharma lays off workers at Wilson plant

February 24, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Purdue Pharma has laid off six workers at its pharmaceutical plant in Wilson due to a corporate restructuring. The Stamford, Conn.-based company employs about 200 at a 240,000-square-foot plant it opened there in 2000. 

Sentara to lease Elizabeth City hospital

February 21, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare has agreed to a long-term lease of Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City beginning next month. The Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners must approve the deal when it meets on Feb. 27.  

Metallix Refining named Pitt County's Industry of the Year

February 21, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Metallix Refining, a leader in the precious-metals recycling industry, has been selected as Pitt County's Industry of the Year for 2013-14. The company is based in Shrewsbury, N.J. and opened the 90,000-square-foot Greenville plant in 2004.

Veteran-owned company gets $36 million military contract

February 20, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville-based Combat Medical Systems, founded in 2008 by veteran combat medics, has been awarded a contract of up to $36 million to provide medical supplies to the U.S. armed forces through Feb. 17, 2015.

First Federal Bank, NCBT change name to South State Bank

February 18, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Columbia, S.C.-based First Federal Bank, which has seven locations in Wilmington, will now be called South State Bank. All banking units for First Financial Holdings, which merged with Columbia-based SCBT Financial Corp. in July, will begin operating under the new name, including three North Carolina Bank & Trust branches in Charlotte. 

New Hanover residents concerned over environmental effects of sand mine expansion

February 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A proposal by Hilton Properties Limited Partnership to expand its sand-mining operation in New Hanover County has neighbors concerned about groundwater contamination, traffic and noise.