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UNC Pembroke to convert downtown space into business incubator

December 9, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

UNC Pembroke plans to convert a 16,000-square-foot downtown storefront into an incubator space for eight to 12 startups. The university says the incubator should open in 2015 and will create 115 jobs, in addition to housing two of its business develpment programs.

Wilmington baseball team sold to Yankees minority owner

December 6, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A minority owner of the New York Yankees has bought the Wilmington Sharks, a member of the Coastal Plains collegiate summer baseball league. Peter B. Freund is president of Armonk, N.Y.-based Trinity Packaging Corporation and also a partner in the Charleston RiverDogs.

Beaufort County fertilizer plant lays off 85

December 5, 2013

(New Bern Sun Journal)

Canada-based PotashCorp announced it is laying off 85 workers, or 10% of its workforce, at its plant in Aurora as part of a company-wide jobs reduction. The Beaufort County plant, which will still employ 810 after the cuts, is an operation of one of the world's largest crop nutrient producers.

Study reveals economic impact if film incentive is eliminated

December 5, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Initial findings of a study commissioned by the Wilmington Regional Film Commission says New Hanover County could see a $10 million loss in tax revenue if the state does not extend its film incentive at the end of 2014. The study, conducted by researchers at N.C. State University, also says Mecklenburg County would be heavily affected if the incentive is not extended. 

Food company will open Pitt County plant, hire up to 57 workers

December 5, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Ham Produce Co., a Snow Hill-based firm, will open a food-manufacturing plant in Pitt County, creating up to 57 jobs there over three years. The plant will dehydrate vegetables for use in other foods. 

State ABC stores expand offerings from NC distilleries

December 5, 2013

(The Rocky Mount Telegram)

ABC stores in New Hanover County, which have been among the most successful in selling local liquors, now offer 38 different varieties of North Carolina-made spirits. As recently as 2007, ABC stores only carried one product from a state distillery.

Kinston hospital seeking partnership

December 5, 2013

(Kinston Free Press)

Officials from Lenoir Memorial Hospital said they are looking to form a partnership with another hospital or health system to enhance its health-care services and provide long-term stability for the community.

McCrory, Tata blame environmental group for Bonner Bridge situation

December 5, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. McCrory and Transportation Secretary Tony Tata both lay blame for the current Bonner Bridge situation on the Southern Environmental Law Center, which has tried to block the state from building a replacement bridge, proposing instead a costly 17-mile-long bridge. Bonner Bridge was closed for repairs on Tuesday due to safety concerns.

Evans to remain CFO of AAIPharma-Cambridge combined company

December 4, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Eric Evans will maintain his position as chief financial officer following the merger of Wilmington-based AAIPharma Services and Germantown, Wis.-based Cambridge Major Laboratories. The company performs materials testing and analysis and makes products for pharmaceutical companies.

NCDOT closes Bonner Bridge after inspections reveal dangerous erosion

December 4, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has closed the 50-year-old Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks because of safety concerns. Emergency ferry service was launched late Tuesday for Hatteras Island residents. State DOT officials say repairs could take up to 90 days.

Biochemtex will open Sampson County refinery to make ethanol

December 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Italian developer Biochemtex plans to open a biofuel refinery near Clinton in Sampson County, about 65 miles southeast of Raleigh, creating 65 jobs there. The plant, which is scheduled to begin production in 2016, will make ethanol from wild grasses and other crops.

NCDOT says Bonner Bridge needs repair

December 2, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is making emergency preparations should the Outer Banks' Bonner Bridge need to be closed for needed repairs to a southern section. The DOT has been unable to begin construction on a replacement bridge due to legal challenges to the proposed 2.8-mile bridge. 

New Bern receives federal grant to redevelop neighborhood

November 27, 2013

(New Bern Sun Journal)

New Bern's Five Points neighborhood was one of nine selected nationwide to receive a $400,000 federal grant to help revitalize the area. Winston-Salem was also selected to receive one of the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants.

Carteret hospital to get new diagnostic lab for heart patients

November 27, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

Carteret General Hospital recently obtained state approval for a new cardiac catheterization lab as part of a 100,000-square-foot expansion at the 45-year-old hospital. The new lab will help improve access to care and eliminate delays for heart patients there.

Mountaire Farms settles EEOC lawsuit over firing at Robeson County plant

November 26, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Delaware-based Mountaire Farms will pay $48,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming the poultry-processor fired an employee after he complained that Haitian workers at its Lumber Bridge plant were treated poorly by supervisors.

Future energy plan may include offshore drilling

November 25, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Gov. Pat McCrory has said he will include an energy package during the state legislature's short session beginning in May which sources say may include offshore drilling. A federal plan in effect through 2017 does not allow drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, but the current administration will begin working on the post-2017 plan next year. Supporters say North Carolina should work now to gain inclusion in the new federal plan.

New Wilmington business to rent high-end trailers to visiting actors

November 22, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Basecamp Luxe celebrated its grand opening at Wilmington's EUE/Screen Gem Studios on Thursday. The company renovates Airstream trailers, adding features such as bamboo floors, fireplaces and granite countertops, and plans to rent them to actors filming in the Wilmington area.

Fayetteville breaks ground on new transit center

November 21, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata joined Fayetteville city officials Wednesday to break ground on the city's new $10 million bus transfer center. Construction on the transit center will take 14 to 15 months and is expected to begin in April.

Strata Solar plans 75-megawatt solar farm in Wilson County

November 20, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Strata Solar, the Chapel Hill-based energy company that has announced plans for solar farms in Duplin and Rutherford Counties, is planning a third one in Wilson County. The proposed 75-megawatt farm will generate enough electricity to power 11,000 homes when operating at maximum output.

Record sales translate to steady work at Wilmington-area GE Aviation plant

November 20, 2013

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

GE Aviation and CFM International, its partnership with French airline engine manufacturer Snecma, are reporting record sales for 2013, creating a stable long-term workload for GE Aviation's plant in New Hanover County.