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Burns & Wilcox to open Wilmington office

May 20, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Burns & Wilcox will open a 2,500-square-foot office near UNC Wilmington. The Michigan-based insurance and brokerage company already has offices in Charlotte and Morehead City.

Ellmers introduces amendment to keep Fort Bragg airlift wing

May 20, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Republican Rep. Renee Ellmers has proposed an amendment to a federal act that would deactivate Fort Bragg's 440th Airlift Wing in 2015. The House Rules Committee must approve the amendment before it can be brought to the House floor.

UNC Wilmington CFO moving to UNC Greensboro

May 19, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Charles Maimone is leaving UNC Wilmington and will become vice chancellor for business affairs at UNC Greensboro. Maimone has held the same position at UNC Wilmington for six years, where he also managed a $268 million operating budget as chief financial officer.

ECU announces eighth community dental center

May 19, 2014

(The Daily Reflector)

East Carolina University will open its eighth dental-care clinic in Brunswick County by summer 2015. The School of Dental Medicine already operates four community clinics and has three more in development. The clinics allow students to gain practical experience while providing dental care to underserved communities.

Maola laying off 98 workers at New Bern plant; some jobs going to High Point

May 16, 2014

(New Bern Sun Journal)

Maola Milk and Ice Cream Co. will close the processing division at its New Bern plant and lay off 98 workers. The company will consolidate processing at its plants in High Point and Newport News, Va. About 30 employees who work on the distribution side of the business in New Bern will keep their jobs.

Sea-level forecast will look only at next 30 years

May 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission will limit its official forecasting of sea-level rise to the next 30 years. The group is worried that studies that forecast as much as 100 years into the future may not be as reliable and could slow economic growth along the coast.

Decker says 'significant' changes coming for NC film incentives

May 15, 2014

(Star-News, Wilmington)

Without revealing specific details, N.C. Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker said Wednesday that big changes are ahead for North Carolina's film incentives. Decker said more information on the governor's plan for film industry tax credits would be revealed in the coming weeks, though Wilmington officials expressed concern and disappointment over Decker's comments.

After 3-year delay, food technology company ready to expand in Brunswick County

May 15, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

CMS Food Solutions is set to move ahead with plans for a manufacturing plant in Leland that will employ 52 people. The Connecticut-based food technology company bought a 48,000-square-foot warehouse in 2011, but plans stalled over the next three years. The biotechnology company researches and markets technologies that prevent food spoilage.

Laurinburg sees increase in video-gambling businesses

May 13, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

At least 20 businesses that offer video gambling have opened in Scotland County since December, when a District Court judge dismissed a charge against the owner of an electronics sweepstakes business.  

Exports bolster NC tobacco production

May 12, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Despite a declining domestic market, North Carolina tobacco production has increased in recent years due largely to high demand in China, which has an estimated 350 million smokers. Most tobacco grown in the state is exported to about 50 countries.

Dempsey says layoffs ahead at Fort Bragg

May 12, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Fort Bragg is not at risk of closing, but job cuts are likely due to proposed federal budget cuts and sequestration.

ABC's 'Secrets and Lies' to film in Wilmington

May 12, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

ABC has ordered 10 episodes of TV drama Secrets and Lies, which will begin filming in Wilmington this summer. The pilot for the show featuring Ryan Phillippe and Juliette Lewis was filmed there in March.

Spirit AeroSystems cutting jobs at Kinston plant

May 12, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

Spirit AeroSystems will lay off an unspecified number of salaried employees at its Kinston manufacturing plant, where it designs and makes Airbus aircraft components. A company spokesman said the layoffs are due to company shifting its objectives from development to production.

Leadership changes ahead at UNC Wilmington

May 12, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Two top officials at UNC Wilmington, including Larry Clark, dean of the Cameron School of Business, are leaving to pursue other opportunities, and two others, including Chancellor Gary Miller, are being considered for positions at other universities.

California company to manage Cherry Point training range

May 9, 2014

(New Bern Sun Journal)

URS Corp. was awarded a contract to provide operations support at Cherry Point's Tactical Training Range. The San Francisco-based company beat out Northrup Grumman Technical Services, which has managed the operations for about 20 years. Northrup says it expects 99% of its employees to keep their jobs when URS assumes management.  

Fraud charges filed against owners of Fayetteville's Smith ad agency

May 8, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Federal prosecutors in Florida filed a criminal complaint against Gary and Todd Smith, who owned and operated Smith Advertising & Associates in Fayetteville until about two years ago. An affidavit says at least 74 victims have claimed losses of more than $55 million in a fraud scheme the Smiths ran in association with the agency. (click here to read BNC's December 2013 cover story about Smith Advertising)

Civil War museum would boost Cumberland County economy

May 7, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A proposed $65 million N.C. Civil War History Center could have an annual impact of more than $12 million and bring up to 155 jobs to Cumberland County. An economic impact study shows more than 100,000 visitors would come to the center annually if built. 

Columbus Regional hospital names interim leader after CEO's sudden departure

May 5, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Columbus Regional Healthcare System named Duane Erwin interim chief executive officer after former CEO Henry Hawthorne resigned unexpectedly last Thursday after six years in the post. A press release said Hawthorne left the 154-bed Whiteville hospital "to pursue other interests and opportunities."

Kinston's Lenoir Memorial Hospital hires Charlotte lawyer for affiliation process

May 5, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

Lenoir Memorial Hospital has hired an attorney with the Charlotte office of McGuireWoods to help the medical center as it seeks a partnership or purchase agreement with another institution.

2,114-acre community for older adults planned for Brunswick County

May 1, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Legacy Community Partners will develop a master-planned community for adults 55 and older on more than 2,000 acres in Brunswick County. The project will include up to 2,250 residential units and a 46-acre health-care and retail campus and is expected to create 3,500 construction, medical and retail jobs. The Southport-based developer hopes to break ground on the first phase by fall.