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St. James residents seek removal of planning board member

October 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Residents of St. James Plantation are asking for the removal of alternate planning board member Bob Accordino. Residents cite a conflict of interest between Accordino's role as the owner of a business that installs porches and sunrooms in the community and as a board member who gets to vote on which architectural projects are approved. 

Butterball might be interested in House of Raeford plant

October 15, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A local economic-development official says at least "a couple" of businesses have expressed interest in buying the Hoke County turkey plant House of Raeford plans to close within the next two months. Garner-based Butterball, which owns a turkey hatchery nearby, could be one of them.

Interest declines for Wilmington film industry

October 15, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Following legislative changes that reduced incentives for the state's film industry, production inquiries are down from 15 to 20 per month to about six or seven, according to the director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission. "People just aren't as interested now," Johnny Griffin said at a quarterly commission meeting Tuesday.

House of Raeford to close Hoke County plant, lay off 400

October 13, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A little more than a year after closing a Raeford turkey-processing plant and laying off 950 workers, House of Raeford announced it will close its cooked-turkey plant in Hoke County within 60 days. About 400 workers will lose their jobs. Costs at the plant rose more than 250% over the past year since the company had to buy its turkeys from other vendors.

'Under the Dome' will return to Wilmington in 2015

October 13, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

CBS Television Studios will return to Wilmington to film the third season of summer TV series Under the Dome in the first quarter of 2015, despite recent changes to North Carolina's film incentive program. Guidelines for the new state film grant program are still being developed and should be complete by the end of October. 

 

Pork industry rebounds from pig virus

October 13, 2014

(WRAL.com)

Hog supplies have risen now that a virus that has killed millions of young pigs across the nation (Statewide, April) has tapered off due to warmer weather and farmers taking more precautions to manage outbreaks. There are about 2,900 hog farms in North Carolina, mostly in Eastern N.C.

About 1,800 seek jobs at new Hoke County hospital

October 10, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Officials at Cape Fear Valley Health were expecting about 1,000 people to show up at a job fair Thursday for its new Hoke County hospital – instead nearly double than number applied for jobs. The 41-bed hospital is scheduled to open in early 2015 and will employ about 350 people.

Kinston chef teams up with Chapel Hill's Southern Season

October 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Kinston's Vivian Howard, a local chef who has gained national attention as star of the award-winning PBS series "A Chef's Life," has partnered with Chapel Hill-based Southern Season to develop a line of gift baskets. The wooden crates, which range in price from $40 to $290, are on sale at Southern Season stores in Chapel Hill, Charleston, S.C., and Richmond, Va., and through the store's website.

Loan on Wilmington's Independence Mall in default

October 9, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Fitch Ratings reported that the owner of Wilmington's Independence Mall has defaulted on a $110 million loan. The 1-million-square-foot mall was built in 1979 and is 86% occupied, according to a recent report. 

Industry leaders convene at Wilmington energy summit

October 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory will be a keynote speaker at the Coastal Energy Summit today at the Wilmington Convention Center. Representatives from Duke Energy, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Strata Solar and the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition are among the scheduled speakers for the sold-out event.

Wilmington Beer Week kicks off Saturday

October 9, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

More than 30 events are scheduled for the second annual Wilmington Beer Week, which kicks off Saturday, October 11. Beer dinners, tastings, a pet adoption event and a "Detox to Retox" yoga session are planned. 

Columbus County awards $1.8M to get railroad running again

October 8, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Columbus County Board of Commissioners approved $1.8 million in incentives for an unnamed buyer who plans to restore the Carolina Southern Railroad, which has been idle for three years. Horry County, S.C. is considering an identical tax incentive.

Wilmington airport considers expansion

October 7, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Following a 14-month study that outlines a three-phase expansion, Wilmington International Airport Authority must decide how it will pay for the recommended $64 to $106 million project that would increase capacity and modernize the 25-year-old terminal. 

Durham's Patheon adding 488 jobs at Greenville plant

October 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based DPx Holdings will expand its Patheon manufacturing plant in Greenville, adding 488 jobs to its existing 1,000 over the next five years. The pharmaceutical-services company will invest $159 million in the expansion and could receive more than $6.3 million in state incentives if it meets hiring goals.

NC Ports to study deepening Cape Fear channel

October 6, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. State Ports Authority is looking into the feasibility of deepening the Cape Fear River shipping channel to accommodate a new generation of cargo ships. The last dredging cost nearly $500 million and took a decade to complete, though the federal government shouldered much of the cost.

Robeson County has highest rate of ACA signups

October 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A UNC Chapel Hill analysis shows 49.9% of of eligible Robeson County residents enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the highest percentage in the state. The eastern N.C. county has the state's highest poverty rate according to 2013 U.S. Census estimates (cover story, September)

4,000 pigs destroyed in fire at Moore County farm

October 3, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

An overnight fire destroyed a building housing 4,000 pigs at N.G. Purvis Farms in Robbins. Firefighters battled the blaze until about 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

NC DOT proposes demolishing Wilmington buildings for transportation hub

October 3, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to to demolish four buildings in a Wilmington historic district to make way for a downtown transportation center. The executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation says he plans to talk to state officials about incorporating one of the existing structures into the proposed center's plans.

 

Wilmington software company uses "old school principles and new technology" to fuel growth

October 2, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Go Energies has grown 16,000% over the past three years, making it the fastest growing company in North Carolina according to the annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. The company provides software and data to enable fleet drivers to manage their fuel purchases.

E-cigarette company moves production to Greenville

October 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Mistic Electronic Cigarettes has moved its manufacturing operations from China to Greenville. The Charlotte-based company already produced the flavored liquid for its e-cigarettes domestically, but the devices were made in China. Mistic, which retails in 60,000 stores nationwide, said the move will help reduce production costs and improve quality control.