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Sparks' 'The Longest Ride' to film in Wilmington

March 27, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The film version of New Bern author Nicholas Sparks' latest book The Longest Ride will film in the Wilmington area. It will be the fourth movie based on a Sparks novel to film in the region. 

New Hanover approves industrial investment grant for Fortron

March 25, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

New Hanover County commissioners unanimously approved an incentive package for Fortron Industries to make $50 million in capital improvements at its Wilmington chemical plant. The county will pay a maximum of $100,000 per year for up to five years if the company reaches expenditure benchmarks.

Severn-based company hopes to buy New Mexico peanut plant

March 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Severn-based Hampton Farms bid $20 million at an auction for a New Mexico peanut-butter processing plant that went bankrupt after a salmonella outbreak caused it to close and triggered a nationwide recall of its products.

TV pilots could turn into long-term film projects in Wilmington

March 24, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Three TV pilots are being filmed in the Wilmington area this spring. ABC's Secrets and Lies wrapped production a week ago, the series pilot for CBS's Red Zone is currently filming and the pilot for an FX comedy titled How and Why will film in April. 

Outreach event helps Fayetteville-area small businesses network with military

March 24, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

At a small business outreach event last week, the president of the Fayetteville Regional Chamber told about 650 representatives from area small businesses that Fort Bragg spends about $32 million a day. The event was organized to help businesses learn about securing military-related contracts near Fort Bragg.

Raleigh developer plans $50 million apartment complex on Wilmington waterfront

March 20, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Raleigh-based DeWitt Carolinas announced plans for a 300-unit, $50 million apartment complex along Port City Marina in downtown Wilmington. Pier 33 Apartments will include 32,000 square feet of street-level retail space.

Shuckin' Shack restaurants announce plans to franchise

March 20, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Owners of the Shuckin' Shack Oyster Bar restaurants in Carolina Beach and downtown Wilmington have partnered with a franchise developer to take the concept nationwide.

Cape Lookout tourism generated $20 million in 2012

March 19, 2014

(The Daily News, Jacksonville)

Visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore spent more than $20 million at local restaurants and on vacation rentals and other services in 2012. A National Park Service report showed that more than 480,000 people visited the park, supporting 297 local jobs.

Verizon hiring 160 at Wilmington call center

March 19, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Verizon Wireless will hire 160 at its call center in Wilmington due to increased customer-service demand. The telecommunications-service provider employs 850 at the call center, which opened in 2004.

ECU offers new degree in forensic science

March 18, 2014

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

East Carolina University has a new degree program to prepare students for careers in forensic science and crime-scene investigation units. The Bachelor of Science degree in multidisciplinary studies with a focus on forensic science will teach students how to perform biological, chemical and physical analysis on crime-scene evidence.

New Hanover considers $500,000 incentive for Fortron expansion

March 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover County commissioners will consider a $500,000 incentive for Fortron Industries Inc. to expand its existing polyphenylene sulfide-manufacturing plant there. To receive the incentive, Fortron would need to invest $50 million and retain 60 jobs.

Wilmington's PPD chosen for study on federal health emergencies

March 14, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Wilmington-based PPD will join a clinical-studies network of five companies that will supply data to be used to develop medical countermeasures for federal health emergencies such as pandemics and bioterrorism.  

BB&T's King predicts jobs growth at technology center in Wilson

March 13, 2014

(The Wilson Times) 

BB&T chief executive Kelly King said he expects continued growth in the bank's workforce in Wilson, where the bank employs 2,297 at its technology and information center. King said that whenever the bank expands in new territories, jobs in Wilson grow as well. BB&T was started in Wilson in 1872 and moved its headquarters to Winston-Salem in 1995.

Proposed development would bring 2,200 residential units to Pender County

March 11, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Trask Land Co. is planning a 1,300-acre community in Pender County that would add 2,200 residential units over ten years. If the county approves plans for the Blake Farm development, the company hopes to begin infrastructure site work in the fourth quarter of this year.

Boat builder to open Brunswick County plant

March 11, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The 33rd Strike Group, which will assemble catamarans from components shipped from Taiwan, will open in a 35,000-square-foot space and create 50 jobs over the next several years. The company will begin operations May 1.

Federal bureau endorses seismic testing in the Atlantic

March 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management released a statement that endorses East Coast seismic testing. While the Department of the Interior has not issued a final decision on the subject, many view the endorsement as the first step toward allowing drilling for oil and gas along the coast.  

NAACP protests closing of Vidant Pungo Hospital

March 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The NAACP is protesting Greenville-based Vidant Health's decision to close its rural hospital in Belhaven. Vidant Pungo, scheduled to close on April 1, is the only emergency-care provider in the area and serves 25,000 people. Vidant says its decision was based on the state's refusal to expand Medicaid.

Wilmington may join other NC cities courting Stone Brewing Co.

March 6, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington leaders will consider submitting a proposal for Escondido, Calif.-based Stone Brewing Co. to open a new East Coast brewery there that would bring an estimated 370 jobs. According to Stone's senior construction manager, Asheville, Charlotte and Greensboro have been actively working to recruit the brewing operation. The company is accepting proposals through March 15.

Wilson Medical Center now part of Duke LifePoint

March 4, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Wilson Medical Center finalized a joint venture that gives Duke LifePoint Healthcare an 80% ownership stake in the hospital. Terms of the agreement include $120 million in capital improvements over the next decade.  

"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.