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'A Chef's Life' begins new season on PBS

August 31, 2015

(Kinston Free Press)

"A Chef's Life," the award-winning PBS series featuring Kinston chef Vivian Howard ("Recipe for recovery," October 2014), begins airing its third season on Thursday. Filming for season four is underway, though Howard, who runs two restaurants with husband Ben Knight, says it will likely be the last for the popular documentary.

Mayne Pharma plans $65M expansion, 110 jobs in Greenville

August 28, 2015

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Mayne Pharma plans to invest $65 million in a manufacturing plant and add 110 jobs to its existing 350 in Greenville. Average annual salary will be $60,000. The Australian drugmaker acquired Greenville-based Metrics in 2012. Mayne's products include treatments for acne, fungal infections and bacterial infections. The new plant will also provide contract-manufacturing services.

Wilmington's Live Oak Bank adds new lending niche

August 28, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Live Oak Bank, named the best bank to work for by American Banker magazine, will begin offering SBA loans to independent insurance agents. The Wilmington-based lender raised about $82 million in its public debut in July.

SBI confirms investigation of former CFCC president

August 26, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The State Bureau of Investigation confirmed it is investigating former Cape Fear Community College president Ted Spring. A state auditor's report released in July showed that Spring gave raises and promotions without approval of the board of trustees and used college funds for personal expenses. Spring resigned in January but has since asked to be reinstated.

Building-products company adding 72 manufacturing jobs in Kinston

August 25, 2015

(WRAL.com)

Associated Materials, an Ohio-based company that makes vinyl windows, siding and fencing, will invest $4.5 million and add 72 jobs in a plant expansion in Kinston. The company's brands include Alpine Windows, Ultraguard and Revere.

Apparel company adds 50 jobs in Fayetteville

August 24, 2015

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Delta Apparel has added about 50 jobs at its apparel plant in Fayetteville. The Greenville, S.C.-based company moved distribution operations of its Salt Life brand products from Phenix City, Ala. The company's Soffe sporting-goods division employs about 450 people in Fayetteville.

Vertex Rail anticipates October certification

August 24, 2015

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Vertex Railcar has completed its first round of hiring and expects to receive certification from the Association of American Railroads in October. Vertex said last November it plans to create 1,300 jobs at a railcar-manufacturing plant in Wilmington.

$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.