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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.

New hospital in Hoke County nears completion

September 30, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A new 41-bed hospital is expected to open in Hoke County in February, and administrators are busy recruiting physicians, nurses and other hospital personnel. Hoke Healthcare is owned by Fayetteville-based Cape Fear Valley Health.

Canadian company to acquire Wilson forging operation, add 125 jobs

September 29, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Canada-based Linamar Corp. will buy Carolina Forge Co. in Wilson and plans to invest $40 million in the automotive-components machining company. Linamar is eligible for more than $2.5 million in state and local incentives if it keeps its current 145 jobs and adds 125 more by the end of 2019. 

PPD to acquire remaining interest in Mass. biotech company

September 26, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

PPD will acquire remaining ownership interest in Waltham, Mass.-based X-Chem for an undisclosed amount. The Wilmington-based contract-research organization paid $15.5 million for 60% interest in the biotech company in 2010. PPD employs more than 13,000 worldwide, including about 3,000 in North Carolina.

Postal service moving 400 jobs from Fayetteville to Charlotte

September 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

More than 400 postal workers in Fayetteville will lose their jobs or be forced to relocate when the Postal Service moves operations at two local mail-processing centers to Charlotte. 

Tech company expected to bring 30 jobs to downtown Wilmington

September 25, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A month after Wilmington-based Next Glass announced it was moving its offices downtown, another unidentified tech company is said to be in talks to bring 30 employees to the Murchison Building in Wilmington.

Wilmington in running for best riverfront city

September 24, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington is among 20 candidates for USA Today's Best American Riverfront cities. Readers can cast votes until Oct. 20.

Future uncertain for Sanderson Farms plant in Cumberland County

September 23, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

While Cumberland County commissioners remain divided over whether to offer Sanderson Farms incentives to build a $113 million chicken-processing plant, a company representative says other communities are interested in the project. It isn't clear if any of those communities are in North Carolina.

UNCW economist Hall announces retirement

September 23, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

William "Woody" Hall will retire at the end of the current academic year after 41 years at UNC Wilmington. Hall is the senior economist for UNCW's Swain Center for Business and Economic Services and has conducted research on the Wilmington-area economy for years.
Also: UNC Wilmington announces search committee for new chancellor

New Bern officials hope to redevelop century-old train depot

September 22, 2014

(Sun-Journal, New Bern)

About 1,200 people attended an open house at the shuttered Union Station train depot in New Bern on Sunday. Local officials hope to restore and redevelop the 103-year-old structure, which was abandoned in 1987, to include retail, restaurant and office space. 

NC solar projects awarded $55 million in federal funding

September 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $55.3 million in federal loan guarantees for 22 solar energy projects in North Carolina, including ones in Hertford, Columbus and Warren Counties.

Cary developer plans second Wilmington apartment project

September 19, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Symphony Properties plans to build a 256-apartment complex on about 15 acres along Wilmington's Independence Blvd. The Cary-based company is also developing the 278-unit Sawmill Point apartment project in downtown Wilmington.

Dominion to hold public meetings on pipeline project

September 18, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources will hold a series of public meetings in Eastern N.C. next week for residents to learn more about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Meetings will be held in Pembroke, Fayetteville, Smithfield, Nashville and Weldon.

Cumberland County postpones decision on proposed chicken plant

September 17, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

After failing to reach an agreement over incentives for Sanderson Farms' proposed $113 million chicken-processing plant, Cumberland County commissioners decided to put the project on hold. The plant would create 1,000 jobs in Fayetteville, though many residents and property owners are against it due to concerns over property values and environmental impact.

NJ Gov. Christie in Wilmington to support Tillis

September 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in Wilmington Tuesday to support Tillis' campaign for U.S. Senate. About 40 protestors demonstrated outside The Dixie Grill, where the lawmakers attended a rally, many disgruntled over Tillis' involvement in reducing North Carolina's film incentives.

Campbell University has most NC undergrads

September 16, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Since 2009, Buies Creek-based Campbell University has enrolled more undergraduate students from North Carolina than any other private college or university in the state, according to a report based on data from the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities.

NCDOT, SELC seek compromise on Bonner Bridge replacement

September 16, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The N.C. Department of Transportation is working with the Southern Environmental Law Center to find a solution to replace the Outer Banks' Bonner Bridge. The SELC has proposed a 17-mile bridge to replace the aging structure, while the DOT wants to build a less expensive parallel bridge. The two parties say they are in talks to work out a compromise.

Dollar stores proliferate in southeastern NC

September 15, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The nation's top three dollar-store chains operate a combined 40 stores in New Hanover, Brunswick and Pender counties, and more are planned. The smaller-store format allows the stores to act as corner or convenience stores in locations without grocery stores nearby.

Fayetteville may link chicken-plant incentives to local hiring

September 12, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville City Council may require Sanderson Farms to hire mostly Cumberland County contractors to build its proposed $113 million chicken plant in order for the Mississippi-based company to receive local incentives. The city could also require the poultry producer to hire county residents to fill the majority of its 1,000 jobs.

Film industry awaits guidelines for new grant program

September 12, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Film productions are still waiting to learn how to apply for the state's new grant program, which will go into effect in 2015. Johnny Griffin, director of the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, says television and film projects planning to film in early 2015 will begin searching for locations by early October.