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Robeson County has highest rate of ACA signups

October 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A UNC Chapel Hill analysis shows 49.9% of of eligible Robeson County residents enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the highest percentage in the state. The eastern N.C. county has the state's highest poverty rate according to 2013 U.S. Census estimates (cover story, September)

4,000 pigs destroyed in fire at Moore County farm

October 3, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

An overnight fire destroyed a building housing 4,000 pigs at N.G. Purvis Farms in Robbins. Firefighters battled the blaze until about 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

NC DOT proposes demolishing Wilmington buildings for transportation hub

October 3, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to to demolish four buildings in a Wilmington historic district to make way for a downtown transportation center. The executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation says he plans to talk to state officials about incorporating one of the existing structures into the proposed center's plans.

 

Wilmington software company uses "old school principles and new technology" to fuel growth

October 2, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Go Energies has grown 16,000% over the past three years, making it the fastest growing company in North Carolina according to the annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. The company provides software and data to enable fleet drivers to manage their fuel purchases.

E-cigarette company moves production to Greenville

October 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Mistic Electronic Cigarettes has moved its manufacturing operations from China to Greenville. The Charlotte-based company already produced the flavored liquid for its e-cigarettes domestically, but the devices were made in China. Mistic, which retails in 60,000 stores nationwide, said the move will help reduce production costs and improve quality control.

New hospital in Hoke County nears completion

September 30, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A new 41-bed hospital is expected to open in Hoke County in February, and administrators are busy recruiting physicians, nurses and other hospital personnel. Hoke Healthcare is owned by Fayetteville-based Cape Fear Valley Health.

Canadian company to acquire Wilson forging operation, add 125 jobs

September 29, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Canada-based Linamar Corp. will buy Carolina Forge Co. in Wilson and plans to invest $40 million in the automotive-components machining company. Linamar is eligible for more than $2.5 million in state and local incentives if it keeps its current 145 jobs and adds 125 more by the end of 2019. 

PPD to acquire remaining interest in Mass. biotech company

September 26, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

PPD will acquire remaining ownership interest in Waltham, Mass.-based X-Chem for an undisclosed amount. The Wilmington-based contract-research organization paid $15.5 million for 60% interest in the biotech company in 2010. PPD employs more than 13,000 worldwide, including about 3,000 in North Carolina.

Postal service moving 400 jobs from Fayetteville to Charlotte

September 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

More than 400 postal workers in Fayetteville will lose their jobs or be forced to relocate when the Postal Service moves operations at two local mail-processing centers to Charlotte. 

Tech company expected to bring 30 jobs to downtown Wilmington

September 25, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A month after Wilmington-based Next Glass announced it was moving its offices downtown, another unidentified tech company is said to be in talks to bring 30 employees to the Murchison Building in Wilmington.

Wilmington in running for best riverfront city

September 24, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington is among 20 candidates for USA Today's Best American Riverfront cities. Readers can cast votes until Oct. 20.

Future uncertain for Sanderson Farms plant in Cumberland County

September 23, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

While Cumberland County commissioners remain divided over whether to offer Sanderson Farms incentives to build a $113 million chicken-processing plant, a company representative says other communities are interested in the project. It isn't clear if any of those communities are in North Carolina.

UNCW economist Hall announces retirement

September 23, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

William "Woody" Hall will retire at the end of the current academic year after 41 years at UNC Wilmington. Hall is the senior economist for UNCW's Swain Center for Business and Economic Services and has conducted research on the Wilmington-area economy for years.
Also: UNC Wilmington announces search committee for new chancellor

New Bern officials hope to redevelop century-old train depot

September 22, 2014

(Sun-Journal, New Bern)

About 1,200 people attended an open house at the shuttered Union Station train depot in New Bern on Sunday. Local officials hope to restore and redevelop the 103-year-old structure, which was abandoned in 1987, to include retail, restaurant and office space. 

NC solar projects awarded $55 million in federal funding

September 19, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced $55.3 million in federal loan guarantees for 22 solar energy projects in North Carolina, including ones in Hertford, Columbus and Warren Counties.

Cary developer plans second Wilmington apartment project

September 19, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Symphony Properties plans to build a 256-apartment complex on about 15 acres along Wilmington's Independence Blvd. The Cary-based company is also developing the 278-unit Sawmill Point apartment project in downtown Wilmington.

Dominion to hold public meetings on pipeline project

September 18, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Richmond, Va.-based Dominion Resources will hold a series of public meetings in Eastern N.C. next week for residents to learn more about the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. Meetings will be held in Pembroke, Fayetteville, Smithfield, Nashville and Weldon.

Cumberland County postpones decision on proposed chicken plant

September 17, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

After failing to reach an agreement over incentives for Sanderson Farms' proposed $113 million chicken-processing plant, Cumberland County commissioners decided to put the project on hold. The plant would create 1,000 jobs in Fayetteville, though many residents and property owners are against it due to concerns over property values and environmental impact.

NJ Gov. Christie in Wilmington to support Tillis

September 17, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie joined N.C. House Speaker Thom Tillis in Wilmington Tuesday to support Tillis' campaign for U.S. Senate. About 40 protestors demonstrated outside The Dixie Grill, where the lawmakers attended a rally, many disgruntled over Tillis' involvement in reducing North Carolina's film incentives.

Campbell University has most NC undergrads

September 16, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Since 2009, Buies Creek-based Campbell University has enrolled more undergraduate students from North Carolina than any other private college or university in the state, according to a report based on data from the N.C. Independent Colleges and Universities.