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Wilmington startup launches app for wine and beer drinkers

November 21, 2014

(WRAL TechWire)

Wilmington-based Next Glass launched on Thursday its much-anticipated app designed to help beer and wine drinkers find brands they will like. The tech startup held its beta launch on Nov. 5, with 20,000 people signing up within 24 hours. Next Glass has raised more than $3 million from investors, according to CEO Kurt Taylor.

Moen expanding in New Bern

November 20, 2014

(Sun Journal, New Bern)

Moen will build a 200,000-square-foot component warehouse in Craven County to support its local faucet-assembly plant, where it employs 700 workers. The new warehouse will replace a current one in Kinston, which is managed by a third-party operator. The North Olmsted, Ohio-based company will add at least 75 jobs in New Bern within a year. Some of the jobs will go to employees from the Kinston warehouse that is closing.

Wilmington film studios halt tours to undergo renovations

November 20, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington has halted its popular weekend tours to complete renovations including improvements to roads, sound stages and landscaping. Tours will resume in March and will include sets from CBS Television's Under the Dome, which will begin filming its third season in early 2015.
Related: ABC's 'Secrets and Lies' wraps production, will premiere March 1

Foam manufacturer closing Edgecombe County plant

November 19, 2014

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

Nomaco will close its 500,000-square-foot foam-manufacturing plant in Tarboro in July 2015. About 80 of the company's 106 employees will be eligible to apply for jobs at its headquarters in Zebulon. The company makes insulation products for the construction industry, foam for use in bedding and home furnishings and other commercial products.

Methodist University to offer first doctoral program

November 19, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Methodist University broke ground in October on a 34,000-square-foot health sciences building where it will offer its first doctoral program. The Fayetteville university will launch its Doctor of Physical Therapy program with 40 students in fall 2015.

Rural communities face challenge attracting jobs

November 17, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Four small towns near Fayetteville are struggling to bring jobs back after manufacturing plants that once employed hundreds or thousands have shut down.  

Brunswick County considers new incentives policy

November 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Brunswick County commissioners will consider an incentives policy that could help small to midsize employers looking to expand or relocate in the area. If approved, the new policy would provide job-creation grants of up to $1,000 per full-time job created if a company commits to adding a minimum of 10 jobs. 

Rail-car manufacturer to create 1,300 jobs in Wilmington

November 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Vertex Rail Technologies will hire1,342 workers and invest $55 million to $60 million in a Wilmington plant where it will make rail tank cars that will be used to transport crude oil. The company will renovate a plant where Westport, Conn.-based Terex Corp. previously manufactured cranes.

GE Hitachi gets large order for nuclear reactor parts

November 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Castle Hayne-based GE Hitachi has received a large order for nuclear rod blades from a Swiss nuclear power plant. Financial terms of the order were not disclosed. 

UNC, CarolinaEast team up to build $30M cancer center in New Bern

November 13, 2014

(Sun Journal, New Bern)

UNC Cancer Care and CarolinaEast Health System announced a partnership that will feature construction of a $30 million cancer center in New Bern. The cancer center will adjoin CarolinaEast's medical center and is expected to be completed in about three years.

Manufacturer plans to bring 1,300 jobs to Wilmington

November 12, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

A company that will make tank cars, boxcars and hoppers is expected to announce on Thursday plans to create about 1,300 jobs in Wilmington. Vertex Rail Manufacturing will occupy a site where heavy-equipment manufacturer Terex previously made large tower cranes.

Dominion makes final attempt to solicit land owners' cooperation

November 12, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources sent letters to 226 land owners, including 32 in North Carolina, who have refused to allow the energy company to survey their land for the proposed 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Dominion will seek court orders to gain entry onto the properties if the owners refuse to cooperate.
Related: Defenders of Appalachia rally against pipeline

Live Oak makes list of healthiest U.S. banks

November 12, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Live Oak Bank is ranked No. 126 on DepositAccounts.com's list of 2014 Top 200 Healthiest Banks in America. The website uses four measures of growth and stability to compile its rankings, which are based on data at the end of 2013. Only two other North Carolina-based banks made the list − Raleigh's CapStone Bank, which was acquired by Greensboro-based NewBridge Bank in 2014 and Greenville-based Select Bank & Trust, which moved its headquarters to Dunn after being acquired by New Century Bank.

TBS to film TV pilot in Wilmington

November 11, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

TBS will film a pilot for a TV comedy series in Wilmington in December. The untitled pilot will will be one of the last film projects to take advantage of North Carolina's 25% tax credit, which expires Dec. 31.

UNC Pembroke chancellor to retire

November 11, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Pembroke Chancellor Kyle Carter announced Monday he will retire June 30, 2015 after five years in the post. 

GE Hitachi gets federal grant to test new nuclear technology

November 10, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

GE Hitachi will receive a multimillion research investment by the U.S. Department of Energy to perform a safety assessment of its PRISM sodium-cooled nuclear reactor, which can generate electricity using spent nuclear fuel and surplus plutonium.

Hanover Federal to merge with Piedmont Advantage Credit Union

November 10, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Hanover Federal Credit Union's 1,700 members will have access to more products and services, including mortgage and electronic-data products, when the organization merges with Winston-Salem-based Piedmont Advantage Credit Union Dec. 1. 

Cumberland County chicken plant may be back on the table

November 10, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Last week's election results could revive talks of bringing a $113 million chicken-processing plant to Cumberland County. Two of the county's newly elected commissioners are in favor of the Sanderson Farms plant, while two are undecided and three are opposed. The Mississippi-based company has said the plant would bring more than 1,000 jobs to the area.

Wilmington's Sutton Lake reclassified for fishing

November 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

State environment officials reclassified Sutton Lake as a public fishery, meaning the 1,100-acre lake will be subject to stricter water-quality standards and more frequent inspections. The New Hanover County lake was created to cool water from Duke Energy's nearby Sutton power plant. 

 

New Hanover Regional names new information officer

November 7, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center named Joe Norris vice president of information services. Norris, who was the Wilmington-based hospital system's chief technology officer for three years, was selected following a national search.