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Strata Solar hiring 200 in Fayetteville

June 16, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Strata Solar is looking to hire 200 workers to build solar farms in Robeson and Scotland counties. The Chapel Hill-based company plans to build 30 farms in the state next year.

Compromise reached over Bonner Bridge replacement

June 16, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Two conservation groups agreed to drop a lawsuit dating back to 2011 that prevented the N.C. Department of Transportation from replacing the aging Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet in the Outer Banks. The DOT will build a 2.8-mile bridge parallel to the existing structure along N.C. 12. As part of the compromise, the DOT will consider building a new, 7-mile bridge south of the inlet, re-routing parts of N.C. 12 out of the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.

Belhaven mayor repeats 300-mile walk to support rural hospitals

June 15, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Adam O'Neal, the mayor of Belhaven in Beaufort County, is completing his second, 300-mile walk to Washington on Monday and plans a news conference to urge Congress to help save 283 rural hospitals in danger of closing. Belhaven's Pungo District Hospital was shuttered in 2014 after it was acquired by Greenville-based Vidant Health.

GE Hitachi taps new CEO

June 15, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Pending General Electric's $13.8 billion acquisition of French turbine maker Alston, expected to close Aug. 21., Jay Wileman will become president and CEO of Wilmington-based GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy. Caroline Reda, CEO of GE Hitachi since 2010, will lead GE's new Power Services business.

Vertex Rail forms joint venture with Chinese company

June 12, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Vertex Rail Technologies was renamed Vertex Railcar Corp. as the company entered into a joint venture with private-equity investors and a Chinese railcar manufacturer. Don Croteau will remain CEO and will serve on the company's board of directors. Vertex has announced plans to hire 1,300 workers at a manufacturing facility in Wilmington.

Wilmington startup Next Glass teams up with Total Wine & More

June 12, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Next Glass, the Wilmington-based app that helps users make beer and wine selections, will partner with Total Wine & More to offer in-store recommendations for customers. The startup caught the attention of the Maryland-based retailer more than a year ago, when the company placed an order for 6,000 bottles of wine for testing and analysis.

DENR orders Duke Energy to stop groundwater contamination

June 10, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources ordered Duke Energy to "take immediate action" to control coal-ash contamination at its Sutton plant in Wilmington after tests showed high levels of boron in monitoring wells. A Duke spokeswoman said the utility is awaiting state permits to begin closing the plant's ash basins.

Wilmington's GNF gets $100M contract

June 9, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Global Nuclear Fuel, a General Electric-led venture with Hitachi and Toshiba, said one of its customers signed a contract extension valued at more than $100 million. The agreement will allow GNF to provide fuel reloads at four of New Orleans-based Entergy's power plants through 2021.

Enviva's storage domes near completion at Port of Wilmington

June 9, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Enviva has almost finished construction on one of two wood-pellet storage domes at the Port of Wilmington. A second dome will be finished in about six weeks. The Bethesda, Md.-based company says each dome will be able to hold up to 45,000 metric tons of wood pellets, which are used as a cleaner alternative to coal.

CFCC picks Lee as president

June 8, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Trustees have selected Amanda Lee as president of Cape Fear Community College, the school announced Friday. The board's decision is pending state approval. Lee has been interim president since former president Ted Spring resigned in January. Spring says he was forced to resign, and he has filed a lawsuit asking to be reinstated.

Vertex Rail steps up hiring, site renovations

June 8, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

A delay in the release of new federal railcar regulations slowed Vertex Rail's plans, but now the company is moving ahead with hiring and upfitting its manufacturing facility in Wilmington. The city is reviewing site plans, and Vertex CEO Don Croteau said the company has begun hiring workers who will travel to China for equipment training.

BlueScope Buildings investing $9.2M in Scotland County plant

June 4, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

BlueScope Buildings North America will expand its Laurinburg manufacturing plant, adding 115 jobs over the next three years. The company, which makes components for engineered steel buildings, currently employs 38 people at the plant and more than 140 in North Carolina.

Burrus named dean of UNC Wilmington's business school

June 4, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Following a national search, Robert Burrus was named dean of the Cameron School of Business at UNC Wilmington. Burrus has been interim dean for the last year, since Larry Clark resigned to become chancellor of LSU-Shreveport. Burrus said he hopes to increase fundraising efforts at the school.

Shipping customers await completion of dredging

June 4, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Completion of a dredging project underway near Port of Morehead City will allow the port's largest customers, which include steelmaker Nucor and fertilizer-maker PotashCorp Aurora, to resume normal operations. Navigation channels currently are too shallow for freighters to carry heavy loads.

'Secrets and Lies' moves production to California

June 4, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The ABC television series Secrets and Lies will film its second season in California. The first season was filmed in the Wilmington area between July and November of 2014. California recently expanded its film incentive program from $100 million to $330 million annually to attract more projects.

Audit shows CFO of mental-health agency took kickbacks

June 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The chief financial officer of Eastpointe Human Services received nearly $550,000 in kickbacks from contractors hired to renovate properties owned by the mental-health agency, according to a state audit. Eastpointe receives government funding to pay for mental health services for Medicaid patients in a dozen eastern N.C. counties.

McCrory attends groundbreaking of Wilmington cold-storage facility

June 3, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held Tuesday for a 101,000-square-foot cold-storage facility at the Port of Wilmington. Construction is expected to begin in about three weeks. The building will create 100 jobs and is expected to help increase exports and imports at the port.

Sound Bank applies for full-service branch in Wilmington

June 2, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Morehead City-based Sound Bank has moved its Wilmington loan-production office to a larger space and has requested FDIC permission to open a full-service branch there.

Methodist University to offer degree in engineering

June 2, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Methodist University will accept at least 30 students in the inaugural class of students in a new engineering program. The Fayetteville university will offer a bachelor of science in engineering beginning in the fall of 2016.

Vertex Rail donates $15K to feed hungry students

June 2, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Vertex Rail has donated $15,000 to a nonprofit organization that provides food to underprivileged students in New Hanover County. Vertex plans to create 1,300 jobs at a railcar manufacturing plant in Wilmington.