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Wilmington's PPD to receive local incentives despite falling short of jobs goal

November 1, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Pharmaceutical research company PPD will receive $2 million in incentives from Wilmington and New Hanover County despite failing to meet a jobs benchmark. PPD exceeded its target of making an $80 million investment in its downtown Wilmington location by more than $30 million, yet fell shy of its jobs creation benchmark of 1,857 full-time employees.

Fort Bragg medical center to cut civilian jobs in 2014

October 31, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fort Bragg's Womack Army Medical Center has received orders to reduce its civilian workforce from nearly 2,900 to 2,340 next year, including 179 medical support assistants.

Wilmington firm sells The Forum shopping center for $24.7 million

October 31, 2013

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Two pension groups have purchased The Forum, a 105,000-square-foot boutique shopping center in Wilmington, for $24.7 million, or $233 per square foot. Wilmington-based Swain and Associates developed the property in phases beginning in 1998. The center is 99 percent occupied.

NCSU approves sale of Hofmann Forest to Illinois firm

October 30, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Hofmann Forest, a 79,000-acre tract near Jacksonville owned by a nonprofit supporting N.C. State's College of Natural Resources, will be sold to an Illinois-based agribusiness for $150 million. A group of conservationists, forestry experts and landowners opposed to the sale were surprised by the announcement and will continue to pursue a lawsuit to block it.

New Hanover maintenance contractor to lay off 97

October 29, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Mundy Maintenance, Services and Operations LLC filed a notice with the N.C. Department of Commerce indicating it will lay off 97 workers in New Hanover County by the end of the year. The maintenance contractor says the affected workers are contract employees at a Wilmington manufacturing site where there has been a "curtailment in production." 

Presence of new seafood processor won't hurt local fishing industry

October 29, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

The state Department of Commerce and the company bringing a new seafood processing plant to Pender County both say the new operation won't have a negative impact on the local commercial fishing industry. Area fishermen voiced concern after the announcement that RC Creations LLC, a division of New York-based Acme Smoked Fish Corp., will open near Currie.

Duke LifePoint offers $56 million in exchange for majority ownership of Wilson hospital

October 28, 2013

(The Wilson Times)

Duke LifePoint Healthcare is offering $56 million and a majority ownership in an 80/20 joint venture with Wilson Medical Center. According to details of the the proposed agreement between the two parties, $120 million must be spent on capital improvements over the next ten years at the previously independent hospital. The deal is expected to close as soon as Dec. 31.

Proposed Carteret County wind farm worries residents, prompts new regulations

October 24, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

Torch Renewable Energy LLC has proposed a 50-turbine wind farm near Newport, but residents are worried about the impact it would have on property values and the environment, among other concerns. The town's planning board and council held a joint meeting this week to seek public input on new rules and regulations for tall structures, with a focus on wind turbines.

GE Hitachi hiring more engineers in Wilmington

October 22, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

GE Hitachi expects to hire more than 100 instrumentation and control and electrical engineers at its headquarters in Castle Hayne by the end of the year, according to a company spokesman. The new jobs will mainly focus on design for the proposed Dominion North Anna 3 nuclear power plant in central Virginia.

Seafood processor will open Pender County plant

October 21, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

RC Creations, a division of New York-based Acme Smoked Fish Corp., announced it will invest $25 million to build a plant in Pender County and create 120 jobs over the next four years. The new plant, located about 20 miles northwest of Wilmington, will import seafood from around the world and distribute it to domestic and international markets.

Maidenform distribution center in Fayetteville to close by late 2014

October 18, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

About 285 jobs at Maidenform Brands Inc.'s Cumberland County distribution center will be phased out beginning in the first quarter of 2014. Winston-Salem-based HanesBrands acquired the apparel manufacturer and will consolidate the center's operations with its existing distribution centers in Forsyth and Cleveland Counties.

UNC-Pembroke restructures programs, eliminates 30 positions

October 17, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

UNC-Pembroke will eliminate thirty jobs, including eight filled and 22 vacant positions, as it restructures six academic departments in a cost-saving measure. The changes were made to offset a decrease in state funding of more than $3.1 million.

Fayetteville businesses feel pinch as military paychecks in limbo

October 16, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Fort Bragg soldiers are preparing for possible delays in receiving their paychecks if Congress does not reach an agreement to put an end to the federal government shutdown. Fayetteville area businesses which depend on military personnel are already feeling the strain as soldiers are spending less.

New Hanover County spent $68,000 in failed effort to remove commissioner

October 16, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

New Hanover County spent nearly $68,000 in legal fees in its failed attempt to remove Commissioner Brian Berger from the board earlier this year. The commissioners voted to remove Berger in May, but when he appealed the decision to the N.C. Superior Court they hired a Greenville lawyer to defend the county. The court reinstated Berger in September. 

Wilmington's Hess terminal sold to Houston firm

October 14, 2013

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

New-York-based Hess Corp. is selling 19 terminals along the Atlantic coast, including one on Wilmington's riverfront used for storage and distribution of its petroleum products. Houston-based Buckeye Partners L.P. is buying the entire East Coast network, plus one in the Caribbean, for $850 million.

Wilmington's Live Oak Bank submits plans for nCino headquarters

October 11, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington-based Live Oak Bank submitted building plans to the city for a new headquarters building for its nCino bank-operating software subsidiary. The plans include a 55,140-square-foot building, larger than the bank's 37,000-square-foot headquarters. Incentives from Wilmington and New Hanover County have already been approved for the project.

NC DOT taking bids for another Outer Banks bridge project

October 11, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The state Department of Transportation has begun soliciting bids to build a bridge that would elevate 2.4 miles of N.C. 12 between Oregon Inlet and Hatteras Island, in the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Pending state and federal approval, construction on the $124 million project could begin in early 2014. 

ECSU student wins city council seat based on unofficial returns

October 10, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A student from Elizabeth City State University who originally was denied the right to run for local office has won one of two seats on the 4th Ward City Council, according to unofficial preliminary returns. The North Carolina Board of Elections gave permission for Montravias King to run for city council after his bid was initially denied by the Pasquotank County elections board. 

Management company hired to run Fayetteville's Crown Center

October 8, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Cumberland County Board of Commissioners approved a five-year contract with a private management company to run the Crown Center, a multi-purpose arena owned by the county. Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum Inc. will take over Nov. 1 and has begun offering employment to some county employees who currently work there.

Environmental group appeals ruling in Outer Banks bridge project

October 8, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The Southern Environmental Law Center is appealing a court ruling that would allow the North Carolina Department of Transportation to replace the 2.4-mile Bonner Bridge which crosses the Oregon Inlet in the Outer Banks with another parallel span. The group instead recommends a 17-mile bridge that would cost an estimated $1.1 billion to construct.