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"Max Steel" to film in Wilmington

March 3, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

"Max Steel," a feature movie about a Mattel action figure, will film in Wilmington, though production dates are still unknown.

Concern grows over coal-ash ponds near Goldsboro after Eden spill

February 28, 2014

(WRAL.com)

A Neuse riverkeeper says toxic pollutants have been seeping into the groundwater from coal-ash ponds at Duke Energy's shuttered coal-fired plant near Goldsboro for years and state regulators have done nothing to stop it. 

Pender County golf course sells for $1 million

February 28, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Two area real-estate developers have purchased Topsail Greens Golf Club in Hampstead for $1.05 million and plan to redevelop the property as a residential and commercial project called Wyndwater. The 40-year-old golf course closed last spring when First Federal Bank foreclosed on it. 

Harnett County paving company expands into Robeson County

February 28, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Lillington-based Johnson Bros. Utility and Paving will open a second asphalt plant in St. Paul's and hire 25 workers. The site is still under construction, and the company has not announced when it will open the Robeson County plant.

Fayetteville's Prince Charles Hotel will be auctioned

February 27, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Prince Charles Hotel in downtown Fayetteville will be auctioned by March 6. A developer had planned to renovate the aging structure but abandoned plans when the city refused to contribute financially to the project.

Wilmington-based Fuzzy Peach yogurt stores sold to U-Swirl

February 25, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Fuzzy Peach, a chain of frozen-yogurt shops founded in Wilmington by three graduates of UNC Wilmington's business school, has been sold to Henderson, Nev.-based U-Swirl Inc. in a deal worth up to $830,000. Fuzzy Peach has 17 franchise locations in four states with 18 more in development. All stores will keep the Fuzzy Peach name.

Oak Island puts moratorium on building giant beach houses

February 25, 2014

(The Times-News, Burlington)

The Brunswick County beach town of Oak Island has placed a three-month ban on building homes with more than six bedrooms after some residents complained about a property owner's request to build a 15-bedroom, 12-bath home. The town council hopes to have new regulations in place by mid-April.

Strata Solar building more solar farms in Eastern NC

February 24, 2014

(The Free Press, Kinston)

Chapel Hill-based Strata Solar will build two more solar farms in Lenoir County and one in Greene County. The solar-energy company completed two farms in Lenoir County in July, which combined power about 1,500 area homes and buildings.

Purdue Pharma lays off workers at Wilson plant

February 24, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Purdue Pharma has laid off six workers at its pharmaceutical plant in Wilson due to a corporate restructuring. The Stamford, Conn.-based company employs about 200 at a 240,000-square-foot plant it opened there in 2000. 

Sentara to lease Elizabeth City hospital

February 21, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Norfolk, Va.-based Sentara Healthcare has agreed to a long-term lease of Albemarle Hospital in Elizabeth City beginning next month. The Pasquotank County Board of Commissioners must approve the deal when it meets on Feb. 27.  

Metallix Refining named Pitt County's Industry of the Year

February 21, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

Metallix Refining, a leader in the precious-metals recycling industry, has been selected as Pitt County's Industry of the Year for 2013-14. The company is based in Shrewsbury, N.J. and opened the 90,000-square-foot Greenville plant in 2004.

Veteran-owned company gets $36 million military contract

February 20, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville-based Combat Medical Systems, founded in 2008 by veteran combat medics, has been awarded a contract of up to $36 million to provide medical supplies to the U.S. armed forces through Feb. 17, 2015.

First Federal Bank, NCBT change name to South State Bank

February 18, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Columbia, S.C.-based First Federal Bank, which has seven locations in Wilmington, will now be called South State Bank. All banking units for First Financial Holdings, which merged with Columbia-based SCBT Financial Corp. in July, will begin operating under the new name, including three North Carolina Bank & Trust branches in Charlotte. 

New Hanover residents concerned over environmental effects of sand mine expansion

February 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A proposal by Hilton Properties Limited Partnership to expand its sand-mining operation in New Hanover County has neighbors concerned about groundwater contamination, traffic and noise.

New products passing through Port of Morehead City

February 14, 2014

(Carteret County News-Times)

Two new commodities are arriving at Port of Morehead City, including about 350,000 tons of direct reduced iron for steel producer Nucor's plant in Hertford County and sheet steel for Mitek industries in Edenton. Two new mooring areas were constructed for barge storage to accomodate the iron shipments.

Wilmington's nCino gets $10 million investment, will expand

February 12, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The chief executive of Wilmington-based nCino says a $10 million capital infusion from a Boston investment management firm will allow the software company to expand. Pierre Naude says the company will hire 30 to 50 employees over the next year to add to its current 78. The company provides a cloud-based operating system for banks.

Eastern NC towns hopeful Duke Energy will strike deal to lower power bills

February 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Towns in Eastern N.C. are looking to Duke Energy for relief from some of the highest power bills in the state. The Charlotte-based utility has been in discussions with the N.C. Eastern Municipal Power Agency to buy the agency's shares in five power plants owned by Progress Energy. The agreement would require 32 towns to commit to purchasing wholesale energy from Duke for up to 25 years.

New CBS series pilot to film in Wilmington

February 11, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A pilot for a CBS TV series will begin production at EUE/Screen Gems Studios in Wilmington April 10. Nikki Toscano, a producer from the ABC series "Revenge," will write the script for the pilot episode and serve as executive producer.

Baltimore firm buys Fayetteville pharmaceutical

February 11, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Baltimore-based UPM Pharmaceuticals has purchased Fayetteville's NFI Consumer Products, which employed 10-13 workers, for an undisclosed amount and will move its operations to Bristol, Tenn. The 25-year-old company's signature product was Blu-Emu, a pain and joint relief product.

Cary firm to break ground on massive Wilmington apartment complex this summer

February 10, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Cary-based Symphony Properties LLC expects to break ground this summer on Sawmill Point, a four-story, 278-unit apartment complex adjacent to a riverfront park in downtown Wilmington. If the project stays on schedule, the first units should be available by summer of 2015.