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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.

Beaufort tops Travel + Leisure list of favorite towns

October 27, 2014

(Carteret County News-Times)

Beaufort tops Travel + Leisure's 2014 list of America's favorite small towns – those with fewer than 50,000 residents – selected by the magazine's readers. The coastal town improved from No. 4 in 2013 and bested well-known towns including Aspen, Colo., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

Kinston brewery celebrates five-year anniversary

October 27, 2014

(The Free Press, Kinston)

Hundreds of people visited Kinston on Saturday to celebrate Mother Earth Brewing Co.'s five-year anniversary. The company also began selling gin and whiskey Saturday.
Read about Kinston's up-and-coming restaurant scene in "Recipe for Recovery" from Business NC's October issue

Wilmington earns top spot on USA Today's list of best riverfront cities

October 23, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington won USA Today's 10Best Reader's Choice contest for Best American Riverfront, edging out No. 2 Spokane, Washington. 

Bald Head Island gets permit to build terminal groin

October 23, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. Division of Coastal Management issued a permit that will allow Bald Head Island to construct a terminal groin to prevent erosion. Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach and Figure Eight Island are also seeking permission to build erosion-control structures.

Court of Appeals rules in favor of FirstHealth in fight over beds

October 22, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A three-judge panel of the N.C. Court of Appeals affirmed a lower-court ruling that will add 28 hospital beds at FirstHealth of the Carolinas' new Hoke County campus instead of at competitor Cape Fear Valley Health System's hospital in Fayetteville.

N.C. Supreme Court to hear Hofmann Forest case

October 20, 2014

(The Daily News, Jacksonville)

A legal challenge over the sale of N.C. State University's research forest in Eastern N.C. has been moved from the N.C. Court of Appeals to the N.C. Supreme Court. A group of opponents that includes professors and conservationists filed a complaint over the pending sale of Hofmann Forest in 2013, citing concerns over loss of public lands and potential environmental impact.

Revitalization underway in Wilmington's Brooklyn neighborhood

October 20, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

After decades of failed revitalization efforts, developers and business owners hope their latest efforts will breathe new life into Wilmington's Brooklyn neighborhood. 

St. James residents seek removal of planning board member

October 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Residents of St. James Plantation are asking for the removal of alternate planning board member Bob Accordino. Residents cite a conflict of interest between Accordino's role as the owner of a business that installs porches and sunrooms in the community and as a board member who gets to vote on which architectural projects are approved. 

Butterball might be interested in House of Raeford plant

October 15, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A local economic-development official says at least "a couple" of businesses have expressed interest in buying the Hoke County turkey plant House of Raeford plans to close within the next two months. Garner-based Butterball, which owns a turkey hatchery nearby, could be one of them.

Interest declines for Wilmington film industry

October 15, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Following legislative changes that reduced incentives for the state's film industry, production inquiries are down from 15 to 20 per month to about six or seven, according to the director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. "People just aren't as interested now," Johnny Griffin said at a quarterly commission meeting Tuesday.

House of Raeford to close Hoke County plant, lay off 400

October 13, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A little more than a year after closing a Raeford turkey-processing plant and laying off 950 workers, House of Raeford announced it will close its cooked-turkey plant in Hoke County within 60 days. About 400 workers will lose their jobs. Costs at the plant rose more than 250% over the past year since the company had to buy its turkeys from other vendors.

'Under the Dome' will return to Wilmington in 2015

October 13, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

CBS Television Studios will return to Wilmington to film the third season of summer TV series Under the Dome in the first quarter of 2015, despite recent changes to North Carolina's film incentive program. Guidelines for the new state film grant program are still being developed and should be complete by the end of October. 

 

Pork industry rebounds from pig virus

October 13, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Hog supplies have risen now that a virus that has killed millions of young pigs across the nation (Statewide, April) has tapered off due to warmer weather and farmers taking more precautions to manage outbreaks. There are about 2,900 hog farms in North Carolina, mostly in Eastern N.C.

About 1,800 seek jobs at new Hoke County hospital

October 10, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Officials at Cape Fear Valley Health were expecting about 1,000 people to show up at a job fair Thursday for its new Hoke County hospital – instead nearly double than number applied for jobs. The 41-bed hospital is scheduled to open in early 2015 and will employ about 350 people.

Kinston chef teams up with Chapel Hill's Southern Season

October 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Kinston's Vivian Howard, a local chef who has gained national attention as star of the award-winning PBS series "A Chef's Life," has partnered with Chapel Hill-based Southern Season to develop a line of gift baskets. The wooden crates, which range in price from $40 to $290, are on sale at Southern Season stores in Chapel Hill, Charleston, S.C., and Richmond, Va., and through the store's website.

Loan on Wilmington's Independence Mall in default

October 9, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Fitch Ratings reported that the owner of Wilmington's Independence Mall has defaulted on a $110 million loan. The 1-million-square-foot mall was built in 1979 and is 86% occupied, according to a recent report. 

Industry leaders convene at Wilmington energy summit

October 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory will be a keynote speaker at the Coastal Energy Summit today at the Wilmington Convention Center. Representatives from Duke Energy, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Strata Solar and the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition are among the scheduled speakers for the sold-out event.