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Reactions mixed over proposed Cumberland County chicken plant

July 21, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Local opinions are split over a proposed Sanderson Farms chicken plant that would create more than 1,000 jobs in Cumberland County. While the jobs would significantly lower the county's unemployment rate, critics are concerned over potential effects on groundwater and the smell the plant would generate.

Obama administration opens Eastern Seaboard to gas exploration

July 21, 2014

(WRAL.com)

President Obama will allow exploration for oil and gas beneath the ocean along the Eastern Seaboard. In a statement, Gov. Pat McCrory called the decision "an important step in the right direction toward more jobs for North Carolina and our country."

SXSW director to speak at Wilmington conference

July 18, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Hugh Forrest will be the keynote speaker at the inaugural Coastal Connect conference of UNC Wilmington's Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in September. Forrest is the director of the South by Southwest Interactive Festival, held annually in Austin, Texas.

ABC series resumes production in Wilmington

July 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The ABC mystery series "Secrets and Lies" will begin production in Wilmington July 24. The pilot for the show, which stars Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis, was filmed in the Porters Neck area in March. Nine more episodes will be filmed.

Owner of Leland oil company receives prison sentence

July 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The owner of P&W Waste Oil Services was sentenced to three and a half years in federal prison and must pay $21.37 million in restitution for mishandling used oil that contained PCBs. The Leland company sold the contaminated oil to another company.  

Sanderson Farms could bring poultry plant, 1,100 jobs to Cumberland County

July 16, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Sanderson Farms is considering Cumberland County for a chicken-processing plant that would employ 1,100 workers. The Mississippi-based company abandoned plans for a similar project in Nash County in 2012 after the city of Wilson and some residents filed lawsuits citing environmental concerns.

Record orders mean jobs, investment at New Hanover GE Aviation plant

July 15, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Following a record-breaking year in 2013, GE Aviation's joint venture CFM International has taken orders totaling about $25 billion so far this year. The company's plant in Castle Hayne will get a $65 million upgrade and 35 new jobs to keep up with production.

Manufacturer could bring 1,000 jobs to Brunswick County

July 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

An unnamed company is considering investing $35 million in a manufacturing plant in Brunswick County that would create more than 1,000 jobs. The project is one of 13, mostly manufacturing-based, that local economic-development leaders are hoping to bring to the county.

Motion filed to extend case against Smith Advertising execs

July 11, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Lawyers have requested an extension in a Florida case alleging the owners of the former Smith Advertising & Associates were involved in a fraud scheme that bilked at least 74 people out of more than $55 million. The joint motion indicates the parties are attempting an out-of-court settlement.

Cape Fear Valley Health System seeks to expand

July 10, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cape Fear Valley Health System has filed an application to add 34 beds to the existing 490 at its medical center in Cumberland County. The project would cost $30 million, according to the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Film advocates disagree with McCrory's claims of 'abuse' of film subsidies

July 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

North Carolina film industry leaders don't agree with Gov. Pat McCrory's comments suggesting that the state's film-incentive program has been abused.

New Hanover Regional partners with Carolinas HealthCare

July 9, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has entered into a services agreement with Charlotte-based Carolinas HealthCare System that will allow the 769-bed hospital to reduce costs by combining its purchasing power with the state's largest public hospital system.

AAIPharma names Kutzer CEO

July 8, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Stephan Kutzer was named CEO of Wilmington-based AAIPharma Services Corp. and Wisconsin-based Cambridge Major Laboratories, which merged with AAIPharma in October. He comes from Lonza Inc., a Swiss biotech company, where he was chief operating officer.

Unnamed company could bring 200 jobs to Wilmington

July 8, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said an unnamed company that could invest millions of dollars and hire more than 200 workers is considering the Port City for a new office. Saffo said the city is vying with other communities for the jobs, which he described as office-support positions.

Conservationists oppose wood-pellet project at Port of Wilmington

July 7, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Conservation organizations are questioning sustainability practices of a company that plans to build a wood-pellet storage center at Port of Wilmington. Baltimore-based Enviva is considering sites in Sampson and Richmond counties for wood-pellet plants. Products would stored in Wilmington, then shipped to Europe for use as fuel.

Shuckin' Shack secures first franchisees

July 3, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The owners of Shuckin' Shack restaurants have signed two franchisees who plan to open locations in Topsail Beach and Porters Neck. Three restaurants also are planned in the Charlotte area. The original Shuckin' Shack opened in Carolina Beach in 2007 followed by one in downtown Wilmington in 2012.  

Hurricane Arthur moving toward NC coast

July 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The entire North Carolina coast is under a hurricane warning as Arthur was upgraded from a tropical storm early Thursday morning. Forecasters expect the storm to pass over the area Thursday evening and Friday morning without causing major damage. Conditions should clear by Friday afternoon in time for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Cape Fear area hopes storm moves on by July 4

July 2, 2014

(Wilmington StarNews)

Tropical Storm Arthur poses problems for coastal businesses expecting big hauls during the Fourth of July holiday.

'Tammy' boon for the East

July 1, 2014

(Wilmington StarNews)

Tammy, a new film to be released this weekend starring Melissa McCarthy, spent about $14 million in the state last year during its production.

Vidant, Belhaven continue squabble over hospital closing

July 1, 2014

(The Daily Reflector)

A Vidant Health official says Belhaven officials failed to live up to their end of an agreement to keep Pungo Hospital open.