Fayetteville-area veterans unhappy with federal compromise which cuts retirement pay

December 23, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A retirement-pay reduction scheduled to begin in 2015 has many soldiers and retired soldiers in the Fayetteville-Fort Bragg area upset with Congress, who passed the pay cut as part of the federal budget compromise earlier this month.

Italian food manufacturer to open Rocky Mount plant

December 20, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Nutkao USA will invest $7.3 million in a manufacturing plant in Rocky Mount, hiring 56 workers within three years. The Italian company makes cocoa and hazelnut spreads and fillings. Average annual salary will be $35,790, on par with Nash County's average of $35,450.

Utility plans $60 million water project for Southeastern NC

December 19, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The Lower Cape Fear Water and Sewer Authority wants to build a new water pipeline that will pump 60 million gallons a day from the Cape Fear River to Brunswick and Pender Counties. It is unclear how much of the $60 million project will be financed by customers.

Boat manufacturer to create 200 jobs in Onslow County

December 18, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Armstrong Marine will invest more than $8.4 million and create 200 jobs at an aluminum-boat manufacturing plant near Swansboro. Average annual salary will be $31,420, higher than Onslow County's average of $26,908.

Grant approval helps Wilmington port project move forward

December 18, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

USAInvestCo received an $800,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation and the company expects to break ground in March on a cold-storage development at the Port of Wilmington. The local real estate developer will invest more than $15 million in the project, which will create 100 jobs.

UNC Healthcare partners with Nash County hospital system

December 17, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

UNC Healthcare has entered into an agreement with Nash Health Care Systems, which operates five hospitals with 403 beds, to provide management and operational services beginning April 1.

New owners envision premier resort for Brunswick County golf community

December 16, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center was sold to a Chinese investor during a bankruptcy auction in June; the new owners have begun making improvements to the golf course as the first step of a $500,000 renovation project that aims to make it one of the state's premier coastal resorts. 

NCDOT declares Bonner Bridge safe for now

December 16, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced the repopening of Bonner Bridge over the Oregon Inlet yesterday, declaring the structure safe while the department continues with emergency repairs on it. The Outer Banks bridge had been closed since Dec. 3 and an emergeny ferry service was implemented for residents during the closure.

FirstMed companies file for Chapter 7

December 16, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Six companies associated with FirstMed EMC have filed for liquidation in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Eastern North Carolina. FirstMed is a private medical transportation company which closed abruptly Dec. 6, terminating 2,000 employees.

Air Canada announcement means more work for GE Aviation plant

December 13, 2013

(StarNews, Wlimington)

An Air Canada announcement on Wednesday that it is buying up to 109 Boeing 737 aircraft means an engine backlog will continue, along with stability for GE Aviation's Castle Hayne factory, which manufactures rotating parts for the engines. GE employs 600 in Wilmington, one of four plants it operates in North Carolina.

Duke Energy begins operating new Wilmington power plant

December 12, 2013

(The Charlotte Observer)

Duke Energy's new $600 million natural-gas-fired power plant has begun operating in Wilmington, replacing three coal-fired plants that were recently retired.

Conservation groups say bridge project violates federal wildlife protection laws

December 12, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Environmental Law Center filed an 81-page brief with the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on behalf of two environmental groups that claims the state's plan for a replacement of Bonner Bridge in the Outer Banks violates federal laws that protect wildlife, and that the public should decide how the state should proceed with the project.

Wilmington ambulance service abruptly shuts down

December 11, 2013

(NBC News)

Wilmington-based First Med EMS, a private ambulance service operating in six states, shut down giving no notice to many of its approximately 2,300 employees or to the hospitals and medical centers it serviced. Bertie County declared a state of emergency on Monday and said it would pursue legal action against First Med.

Global TransPark may be in running for Boeing plant

December 10, 2013

(The Kinston Free Press)

The North Carolina Global TransPark could be a suitor for a new Boeing plant, the same project Charlotte and Greensboro are reported to be considering bidding on. A Lenoir County commissioner said the area has a skilled workforce, access to ports and connectivity to interstates, which are all specific qualities the aircraft manufacturer is looking for.

Morehead City sues Greensboro construction company

December 10, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

Morehead City has filed a lawsuit against D.H. Griffin Construction Co., alleging breach of contract after water intrusion caused damage and disruption of services in the city's new police station, which was built by the Greensboro construction company in 2009.

Developer scraps Fayetteville hotel renovation project

December 10, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A developer has canceled plans to renovate the historic Prince Charles Hotel in downtown Fayetteville and now says he will have the property auctioned in January. David Levinson, co-owner and manager of King David LLC, had planned to convert 80 of the hotel's rooms to condominiums and offices.

New Hanover commissioners again ask Berger to resign after Friday arrest

December 10, 2013

(StarNews Online)

New Hanover County Board of Commissioners are asking once again for Brian Berger to resign from the board after he was arrested for driving while impaired and felony drug possession Friday. The commission has been trying unsuccessfully to convince Berger to resign since March.

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.