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Lenoir Memorial weighs three affiliation proposals

June 26, 2014

(Kinston Free Press)

Lenoir Memorial Hospital has received three proposals in its search for an operating affiliate. Brentwood, Tenn.-based Duke LifePoint Healthcare, Greenville-based Vidant Health and Winston-Salem-based Novant Health have proposed joint ventures or management agreements with the 261-bed hospital.

Efforts continue to unionize Mountaire Farms plant in Lumber Bridge

June 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A local chapter of United Food and Commercial Workers union is continuing its efforts to unionize the Mountaire Farms poultry plant in Robeson County. About 700 of the plants 2,000 workers have signed cards in support of a union, which they say could lead to improved safety conditions and equipment at the plant. 

Construction to begin on 402-unit Wilmington apartment complex

June 25, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Charleston, S.C.-based Kassinger Development Group will begin construction of a 402-unit apartment complex in Wilmington on a property owned by Cameron Management. Gallery Park Apartments is the first phase of a 300-acre planned development that will include office and multi-family housing.

Duke Energy Renewables announces Eastern NC solar project

June 24, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy Renewables will build a 52-megawatt solar project on three sites in eastern N.C. that will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 8,200 homes. Electricity will be sold to American University, George Washington University and GWU Hospital in Washington, D.C. The first 20-megawatt site will be built this year in Pasquotank County. 

Report shows improving U.S. 70 would lead to jobs growth

June 23, 2014

(Sun Journal, New Bern)

Improvements to U.S. 70 between Raleigh and the coast could lead to the creation of up to 1,900 jobs, according to a report released last week. Supporters of the project say the corridor needs a four-lane freeway system to connect the state capital to Port of Morehead City.

Whitfield promoted to head of business affairs at UNCW

June 23, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Rick Whitfield will become vice chancellor for business affairs at UNC Wilmington July 1. Whitfield, who has 35 years of experience in higher education, has been the university's associate vice chancellor of business affairs since 2010. He succeeds Charles Maimone, who accepted a similar position at UNC Greensboro.

Growth expected in coastal Hampstead

June 19, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The small coastal community of Hampstead in Pender County is on the cusp of experiencing significant commercial and residential growth once sewer and water lines are installed. 

Bladen County Smithfield plant still closed after ammonia leak

June 19, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Smithfield Packing in Tar Heel remains closed after an ammonia leak forced an evacuation of the plant's 2,400 employees on Tuesday.

Fayetteville's Family Foods sells 31 restaurants to Calif. company

June 19, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville-based Family Foods sold its 31 Taco Bell and Long John Silver's restaurants to Calif.-based Flynn Restaurant Group for an undisclosed amount. Flynn operates 640 restaurants with $1.4 billion in annual sales.

Fayetteville airport terminal to get $25M renovation

June 17, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The 45-year-old Fayetteville Regional Airport will undergo a $25 million terminal renovation. The project, which could begin in 2017, will be funded mostly by $20 million from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Fracking legislation attracts interest of energy companies

June 16, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The chairman of the N.C. Mining and Energy Commission said three energy exploration companies have called him since the state General Assembly passed a bill to allow fracking in the state next year. Other companies are renewing leases in areas where there may be high concentrations of shale gas.

Fayetteville VA Medical Center gets $7.4M to expand services

June 13, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

In an effort to relieve excessive wait times for patients, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs approved $7.4 million for the Fayetteville VA Medical Center to extend hours and increase contracts with off-site providers. A nationwide audit recently revealed the Fayetteville VA has the longest wait times in the U.S.

PNC Bank names Hansen regional president

June 11, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

PNC Bank named Jim Hansen regional president of its Eastern North Carolina market. Hansen led the Pittsburgh-based bank's northern Alabama region for the past four years. He grew up in Winston-Salem and previously worked at RBC Bank in Raleigh, which was acquired by PNC in 2012. He replaces Paula Fryland.

Audit shows Fayetteville VA center has longest wait times in country

June 10, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A nationwide audit shows patients at the Fayetteville VA Medical Center have the longest wait times in the U.S. Patients there wait an average of 29 days for a primary care appointment; new patients wait an average of 83 days.

Clinton awarded $1.75M grant for infrastructure for biofuels plant

June 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The town of Clinton has received a $1.75 million federal grant to pay for water and sewer infrastructure for a biofuels plant. Italy-based Biochemtex announced in December it will invest $200 million and create 65 jobs at the Sampson County plant, which will create fuel from regionally grown energy grasses.

Edgecombe County electronics manufacturer receives environmental award

June 9, 2014

(Rocky Mount Telegram)

Keihin Carolina System Technology was among 20 N.C. companies that reached the highest level of the state's Environmental Stewardship Initiative. The plant began improving efficiency in 2011 by eliminating waste and switching from incandescent light bulbs to LED ones.

UNC Wilmington chancellor to resign July 31

June 6, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

UNC Wilmington will conduct its second chancellor search in four years when Gary Miller leaves July 31 to lead the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. Three other administrators have announced plans to leave the university this year.

NC Senate committee to propose changes to film incentives

June 5, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to propose a measure today that would change North Carolina's film incentive program to a grant program. The proposal would target more expensive productions while weeding out smaller projects that would benefit from the current incentive. Projects would need to spend a minimum of $10 million to qualify for the grant.

 

Company to create 79 jobs at biofuel refinery in Hoke County

June 3, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Tyton BioEnergy Systems will invest $36 million and create 79 jobs when it restarts production at the former Clean Burn Fuels ethanol refinery in Hoke County. The Danville, Va.-based company will eventually transition from the use of corn to tobacco sugars in its fuel production.

Hoke County ethanol plant sold to Virginia company

June 2, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A Danville, Va.-based company that makes biofuel from tobacco has purchased the former Clean Burn Fuels ethanol plant in Raeford. The plant was built in 2010 for $100 million with plans to bring 100 jobs to the area. The company closed the plant after nine months of operation and filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2011.