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New Bern receives federal grant to redevelop neighborhood

November 27, 2013

(New Bern Sun Journal)

New Bern's Five Points neighborhood was one of nine selected nationwide to receive a $400,000 federal grant to help revitalize the area. Winston-Salem was also selected to receive one of the HUD Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants.

Carteret hospital to get new diagnostic lab for heart patients

November 27, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

Carteret General Hospital recently obtained state approval for a new cardiac catheterization lab as part of a 100,000-square-foot expansion at the 45-year-old hospital. The new lab will help improve access to care and eliminate delays for heart patients there.

Mountaire Farms settles EEOC lawsuit over firing at Robeson County plant

November 26, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Delaware-based Mountaire Farms will pay $48,000 to settle a lawsuit claiming the poultry-processor fired an employee after he complained that Haitian workers at its Lumber Bridge plant were treated poorly by supervisors.

Future energy plan may include offshore drilling

November 25, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Gov. Pat McCrory has said he will include an energy package during the state legislature's short session beginning in May which sources say may include offshore drilling. A federal plan in effect through 2017 does not allow drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, but the current administration will begin working on the post-2017 plan next year. Supporters say North Carolina should work now to gain inclusion in the new federal plan.

New Wilmington business to rent high-end trailers to visiting actors

November 22, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Basecamp Luxe celebrated its grand opening at Wilmington's EUE/Screen Gem Studios on Thursday. The company renovates Airstream trailers, adding features such as bamboo floors, fireplaces and granite countertops, and plans to rent them to actors filming in the Wilmington area.

Fayetteville breaks ground on new transit center

November 21, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata joined Fayetteville city officials Wednesday to break ground on the city's new $10 million bus transfer center. Construction on the transit center will take 14 to 15 months and is expected to begin in April.

Strata Solar plans 75-megawatt solar farm in Wilson County

November 20, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Strata Solar, the Chapel Hill-based energy company that has announced plans for solar farms in Duplin and Rutherford Counties, is planning a third one in Wilson County. The proposed 75-megawatt farm will generate enough electricity to power 11,000 homes when operating at maximum output.

Record sales translate to steady work at Wilmington-area GE Aviation plant

November 20, 2013

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

GE Aviation and CFM International, its partnership with French airline engine manufacturer Snecma, are reporting record sales for 2013, creating a stable long-term workload for GE Aviation's plant in New Hanover County.

UNCW marine biotech campus get its first tenant

November 19, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Medical skin-care company Ocis Biotechnology has moved into one of 13 labs in UNC Wilmington's marine biotechnology campus. The $30 million MARIBONC campus will allow university researchers to partner with businesses, providing the school opportunities to make money on its academic research.

Brunswick County approves incentives for Lee Controls

November 19, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Brunswick County commissioners approved up to $85,000 in incentives for Piscataway, N.J.-based Lee Controls, which plans to relocate its headquarters to Southport. The company, which makes ball bearings and other motion components, will spend $2.46 million and create 77 jobs over the next three years.

More than one-third of state military contracts awarded in Cumberland County

November 18, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

An N.C. Department of Commerce report shows that 35% of defense contracts awarded in North Carolina in 2012 were in Cumberland County, home to Fort Bragg military base. The county received more than $1.2 billion out of $3.44 billion military contratcts statewide.

Prospectus shows company buying Hofmann Forest plans large-scale development

November 15, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit opposing the sale of N.C. State University's Hofmann Forest say they have obtained a document indicating the buyer is planning a development that would include more than 2 million square feet of commercial space and 10,500 homes. Plans for an expansive farm were also revealed, contradicting statements made by the buyer that it intends to leave the land unchanged.

Fayetteville's Bosh Global to add 32 jobs

November 14, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Bosh Global Services, a drone technology company based in Newport News, Va., will expand its workforce in Cumberland County, adding 32 jobs to the 10 it already has there, and invest $400,000 over the next three years. The new jobs will pay an average salary of $85,000.

Energy company adjusts plans for Carteret County wind farm

November 12, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

Torch Renewable Energy LLC has modified its plans for a proposed wind and solar farm in Newport, decreasing the number of turbines from 50 to 40 and moving the locations of some of the turbines to accomodate Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point. Plans for the project also include a 50- to 75-acre solar farm.

Wilmington conference designed to boost international trade

November 12, 2013

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

The first-ever N.C. Foreign Trade Promotion Conference will be held Wednesday and Thursday in Wilmington. The objective of the conference, which will be attended by local and state officials, is to educate businesses from the Wilmington area and throughout the state about available resources and how to enter the international marketplace.

FSU offers early college graduates chance to complete degrees debt-free

November 12, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fayetteville State University is offering graduates of its early college program full scholarships to stay at the school and complete their bachelor's degrees. FSU is one of 76 early colleges in the state, which allows high school students to take high school and college courses and earn up to 60 credit hours.

Corning to cut 181 steel union members in Wilmington

November 11, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The United Steelworkers Union said Corning Inc. will cut 181 of its members at the optical-fiber-maker's plant in Wilmington. Corning announced last Thusday it was cutting 250 people worldwide due to stagnant growth in the fiber market; it now appears the bulk of those cuts will be in Wilmington. 

Pantry stores fundraiser helps NC military support organizations

November 11, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cary-based Pantry Inc. raised more than $770,000 at its Kangaroo Express stores for four North Carolina-based military support groups, including The Patriot Foundation and the USO of N.C. The annual Salute Our Troops campaign raised almost $2.7 million in 13 states through customer donations.

Corning to lay off workers in Wilmington

November 8, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Glass-fiber-maker Corning Inc. will lay off 250 worldwide, including an unspecified number at its plant in Wilmington. A Corning spokesman said the cuts are necessary since worldwide market growth for the company's fiber products did not meet expectations for 2013.

Invista will lay off 100 in Wilmington by year-end

November 7, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Invista SARL will lay off 100 workers at its Wilmington plant due to decreased demand for one of its products manufactured there. Invista is owned by Kansas-based Koch Industries, and produces polymers and fibers including Lycra and Stainmaster Carpet at locations worldwide.