Government benefits hold up local economy in Lenoir County

October 4, 2013

(Kinston Free Press)

According to the Lenoir County Department of Social Services, residents there received more than $204 million in Medicaid, day care subsidies and food assistance in 2011, or about $3,439 per person compared to the statewide average of $1,385 per person. It estimates the total economic impact on the local economy is $356.9 million. 

Wilmington pharmaceutical to keep headquarters after acquisition

October 3, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington's AAIPharma Services Corp., which employs 600 in Wilmington and Charleston, S.C., will keep its headquarters in Wilmington after it is acquired by Germantown, Wis.-based Cambridge Major Laboratories. According to AAIPharma CEO Patrick Walsh, executive leadership will remain the same and no job losses are expected at either location.

Dunn's New Century Bank to acquire SelectBank & Trust

October 3, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Dunn-based New Century Bank announced this week it will acquire Greenville-based SelectBank & Trust, giving the bank a combined total of 14 branches in central and eastern North Carolina. Pending regulatory approval, the acquisition will take place in mid-2014. The new bank will operate as SelectBank & Trust.

Government shutdown furloughs thousands of Fort Bragg civilian workers

October 3, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

About half of 14,500 civilian workers at Fort Bragg were placed on indefinite furlough due to the partial shutdown by the federal government. Schools, law enforcement and emergency services are not affected and will maintain operations.

Opening delayed for Hoke County hospital

October 1, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Hoke Campus of FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital, which was scheduled to open today, instead will open later next week. The hospital, Hoke County's first, is awaiting a licensure survey by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

N.C. Ports approves two Morehead City projects

September 30, 2013

(The Carteret County News-Times)

The North Carolina State Ports Authority has approved two projects for the Port of Morehead City. The first is for Woodfuels LLC, a San Diego, Calif. biofuels company, to invest $75 million in a wood-pellet export business, including construction of a storage center and conveyor equipment. The other approved project involves construction of moorings for barges importing an iron product for Nucor's steel mill in Hertford County.

Fayetteville hospital cuts 118 positions

September 30, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cape Fear Valley Health System announced job cuts for 118 positions on Friday due to federal budget cuts. According to Chief Executive Officer Mike Nagowski, 19 workers lost their jobs; 99 of the positions were vacant. Nagowski said the hospital sees a higher percentage of federally insured patients than any other system statewide.

Wilmington airport receives $6 million from FAA for improvements

September 30, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington International Airport received over $6 million in grants from the Federal Aviation Administration for infrastructure improvements, including repaving the entire runway, adding navigational aids and completing a runway extension project. The airport typically receives about $3 million in grants from the FAA, but it received an additional $3.5 million this year. 

Fayetteville call center nears completion; hiring to begin next week

September 27, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Tampa, Fla.-based Sykes Enterprises has almost completed construction of a new call center in Fayetteville that could employ up to 500. Construction should be complete in about two months, and the company, which expects to hire 150 initially, will host a job fair on Oct. 4. Sykes provides customer service for credit card, health care and utility providers.

Brunswick County riverwalk project gets approval from town of Belville

September 25, 2013

(The StarNews, Wilmington)

The Belville Board of Commissioners voted to support the proposed Brunswick Riverwalk project after 98 percent of area residents surveyed approve of the project. The project would be developed in phases and include a fishing pier, shops, restaurants and bicycle trails. Belville is located five miles from Wilmington and the Cape Fear River.

Sampson County meat plant closes after 58 years

September 23, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Martin's Abbatoir and Wholesale Meats Inc. closed last week in Godwin, leaving 180 employees out of work. Jeffrey Martin, director of operations at the plant, said the company had to close due to problems finding cattle suppliers. The plant, which opened in 1958, was once one of the top 20 cattle processors in the United States.

Cumberland County sends termination letters to coliseum workers

September 19, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

All 28 employees of the Crown Center in Fayetteville are receiving termination letters this week as Cumberland County moves ahead with negotiations with Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum, a private management company. The company has said it typically hires about 80 percent of the existing workers when it takes over a venue.

ECU dental school will build clinic in Lumberton

September 18, 2013

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The East Carolina University School of Dental Medicine announced plans to build a community service learning center in Lumberton. The center will provide underserved residents with dental care while offering students opportunities to hone techniques and learn skills. The $3 million center will be one of several such centers ECU has planned throughout the state, including two already open in Ahoskie and Elizabeth City.

New Hanover approves incentives for Live Oak Bank

September 17, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover County commissioners voted to approve incentives worth $325,000 to Live Oak Bank for a new headquarters for nCino, its bank-operating system software company. The City of Wilmington will vote Tuesday on an additional incentive package of $250,000.

Federal judge approves DOT plan for Outer Banks bridge

September 17, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A federal judge rejected a lawsuit from the Southern Environmental Law Center which had stalled state Department of Transportation's plans to replace the 2.5-mile Bonner Bridge over Oregon Inlet. A state judge now must rule in the case before the DOT can move forward with the Outer Banks project.

Greenville manufacturer to expand, add 35 jobs

September 16, 2013

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

Domtar Corp., a manufacturer of pulp, paper and personal care products, announced it will hire 35 and invest $100,000 in an expansion of its Pitt County manufacturing plant. The new jobs will be in finance and accounting and will pay an average annual salary of $52,000.

CSX Corp. names Brunswick rail park a "Select Site"

September 13, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

CSX Corp. has named the Mid Atlantic Industrial Rail Park as one of its CSX Select Sites for industrial development. A representative said proximity to the Port of Wilmington and the future completion of Interstate 140 attracted CSX to the site.

Plans developing for Wrightsville Beach mixed-use project

September 12, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A developer is in talks with several restaurant firms in search of an anchor tenant for a proposed mixed-use project near Johnnie Mercer's pier in Wrightsville Beach. Plans are still evolving for the project which would combine condominiums and commercial space.

Wilmington hospital, clinic form alliance with Blue Cross of NC

September 11, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Wilmington Health have formed an accountable care alliance with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, allowing the three companies to share patient information, a move all three say will improve care, increase transparency and lower costs.

Wilmington considers incentives for offshoot of Live Oak Bank

September 9, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Officials from Wilmington and New Hanover County are considering incentives worth $575,000 for Live Oak Bancshares, Inc. to build a new headquarters for nCino, a cloud-based bank management system. To receive the incentives, the company would have to create an additional 120 jobs with an average salary of $80,000 over the next five years.