$12M redevelopment project planned for downtown Wilson

August 24, 2015

(The Wilson Times)

Officials in Wilson hope the $12 million rehabilitation of a 64,000-square-foot former tobacco warehouse will be a catalyst for downtown development. Waukeshaw Development of Petersburg, Va., will convert the Hi Dollar warehouse into 88 loft apartments, plus offer retail and office space.

Enviva says port terminal will be ready by spring

August 21, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Enviva says its wood-pellet manufacturing plant in Sampson County and its storage-dome facility at the Port of Wilmington are expected to be complete by early 2016. The Bethesda, Md.-based company says the two facilities will create about 300 jobs.

Kentucky company buys Columbus County railroad

August 19, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Kentucky-based R.J. Corman Railroad Co. is the new owner of Carolina Southern Railroad, which runs through Columbus County in southeastern N.C. and Horry and Marion counties in South Carolina. The railroad has been idle since 2011, when several bridges failed to pass inspection. Local leaders helped organize the $13.9 million sale.

Construction of Bonner Bridge replacement could begin next spring

August 19, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Environmental Law Center has dropped lawsuits that have held up construction of a replacement for the Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks. Construction of a new bridge across the Oregon Inlet is expected to begin next spring and will take three years.

A look at nCino's new Wilmington office

August 18, 2015

(Port City Daily)

Wilmington-based banking software company nCino recently moved its 145 employees into a new 40,000-square-foot office. Here's a peek inside their new space, which offers standing work stations, comfy conference rooms and a "fun room" with pool table and putting green.

Wilmington's Chiltern to buy Pennsylvania-based CRO

August 7, 2015

(WRAL TechWire)

Chiltern, a contract-research organization based in Wilmington and London, will acquire King of Prussia, Pa.-based Theorem Clinical Research for an undisclosed amount.

Closure of Ex-Im Bank could impact GE operations in Wilmington

August 6, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Some of the work scheduled to be completed at GE Hitachi and GE Aviation Wilmington could move overseas if the U.S. Export-Import Bank is not renewed. Future expansions are also at risk; the company is likely to grow in countries that support government supported credit agencies such as the Ex-Im Bank.

Sanderson Farms begins site work in Robeson County

August 6, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Sanderson Farms will begin site work this month for a $100 million poultry-processing plant near St. Pauls in Robeson County. The Mississippi-based company also has begun clearing land for a hatchery near Lumberton.

Surf City joins campaign against offshore drilling

August 5, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Surf City adopted a resolution Tuesday objecting to offshore drilling and exploration for oil and gas. The coastal town joins other groups and municipalities, including Wilmington, Nags Head and Manteo, in opposing the practice (Statewide, July).

Duke Progress completes $1.25B purchase of eastern NC power plants

August 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Residents of 32 eastern N.C. towns could see their power bills slashed by as much as 17% now that the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency has completed the sale of its ownership stake in five power plants to Duke Energy Progress. 

Scotland County works to attract new industry

August 3, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Business owners in Scotland County, which had the second-highest unemployment rate in the state in June, are offering incentives such as free gas, haircuts and country-club memberships to recruit new industry. The county has struggled to recover economically as manufacturers including Abbott Laboratories and WestPoint Stevens have shut down factories, laying off thousands of workers.

Wilmington film festival adding startup conference

July 31, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington's Cucalorus Film Festival will expand to include a business conference that will highlight the area's entrepreneurs. The festival is partnering with UNC Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and other local groups to add workshops, speakers and more. The 20-year-old festival will be held Nov. 10-15.

Former CFCC president could face criminal investigation

July 29, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Former Cape Fear Community College president Ted Spring awarded raises and promotions without approval of the board of trustees and used at least $35,993 for personal expenses, according to a report by the N.C. Office of the State Auditor. Spring resigned abruptly in January, later demanded to be reinstated and filed a lawsuit against the school.

Second wood-pellet storage dome going up at Port of Wilmington

July 28, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wood-pellet producer Enviva plans to inflate a second storage dome at Port of Wilmington as early as Wednesday, depending on weather conditions. The first dome was erected on June 15.

Big week for Wilmington's Live Oak Bank

July 27, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Just days before raising nearly $82 million in its initial public offering, Live Oak Bank opened a second building on its Wilmington campus.

Wilmington's Live Oak Bancshares makes public debut

July 24, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Live Oak Bancshares, parent company of Live Oak Bank, debuted on the Nasdaq exchange Thursday. The Wilmington-based lender had said earlier it planned to offer 4.8 million shares priced at $17 a share, the midpoint of the expected range.

Charlotte's MedSouth acquires medical offices in Wilmington

July 23, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Charlotte-based MedSouth HealthCare Properties paid $9.5 million for seven medical office buildings in the Wilmington area. The seller was Wilmington-based Panacea Realty.

Wilmington, New Hanover approve incentives for AAI Pharma expansion

July 22, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington and New Hanover County agreed to award AAI Pharma up to $500,000 in incentives for a proposed expansion. The company is considering a $20 million investment that would create 50 jobs with an average annual salary of $77,000.

Wilmington City Council says no to offshore drilling

July 22, 2015

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The Wilmington City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose offshore drilling and seismic testing for oil and natural gas. Wilmington joins at least 15 local communities in North Carolina who have passed resolutions opposing the practice. Gov. Pat McCrory and other supporters have said offshore drilling would add jobs and boost the state's economy (Statewide, July).

Wind farm near Elizabeth City could be first of many in the South

July 21, 2015

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

New, larger turbines have made harnessing wind power in North Carolina more feasible than a decade ago, and the $600 million wind farm that will be built in Pasquotank and Perquimans counties could be the first of many in the Southeast.