Eastern

Goldsboro receives federal grant for transportation infrastructure

September 5, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The city of Goldsboro will receive a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation to be used for several downtown projects including a new bus transfer center.

Washington, N.C. company to add 159 jobs

September 5, 2013

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

Washington, N.C.-based IDX Impressions, a store fixture supplier, will expand its manufacturing facility there, investing $3 million and adding 159 workers to the 84 it already employs.

Consumers to get refunds in coastal real estate settlement

September 4, 2013

(Carteret County News-Times)

Attorney General Roy Cooper announced this week that buyers who invested in overvalued lots in two developments in Carteret and Onslow counties will get some of their money back.

State could lose potential biofuel jobs due to budget cuts

September 3, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The southeastern corner of North Carolina may be affected by state legislative cuts which eliminated funding for the North Carolina Biofuels Center. The center studied potential energy crops that would grow well in the state, providing a valuable resource for companies looking to locate here.

NCDOT issues report supporting new bridge plan for Carteret County

September 3, 2013

(The Carteret County News-Times)

Engineers from the North Carolina Department of Transportation will present a report to the U.S. Coast Guard which shows that most vessels will be able to pass safely under the proposed high-rise replacement bridge over Gallants Channel. If approved, construction could begin on the new bridge in early 2014.

Furlough period ends for Department of Defense workers at Fort Bragg

August 30, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A six-week period of "Furlough Fridays" has ended for about 8,500 civilian workers at the Department of Defense at Fort Bragg. Workers' paychecks were reduced by 20 percent during the period which ended after Aug. 16, the last unpaid day off for most of the affected workers.

Manufacturer to add 252 jobs in Kinston

August 30, 2013

(The Winston-Salem Journal)

Associated Materials Inc. announced plans to invest $5 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Kinston, adding 252 jobs over the next five years. The company, which offers building products and services, is parent to one of Kinston's largest employers, Alside Window Co.

Marine Commission votes against ban on shrimp trawling

August 30, 2013

(The Carteret County News-Times)

The North Carolina Marine Fisheries Commission voted unanimously to deny a petition that would have banned shrimp trawling by commercial fishermen in inland coastal waters. 

US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals cites problems in NC's eastern district

August 27, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals judges found at least three cases of prosecutors withholding evidence from defendants in the 44-county region that makes up the North Carolina Eastern District.

Rug manufacturer coming to Lumberton

August 26, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Due Process Stable Trading Co. announced plans to open a facility in Robeson County, creating 45 jobs over the next three years. The company makes rugs, pillows and antique furniture reproductions.

Fayetteville's Goodyear workers approve four-year labor contract

August 23, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Union workers at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Fayetteville ratified a new labor agreement that protects the plant from closing for four years. The workers cast ballots as part of a collective vote from six plant locations. The Fayetteville plant employs about 2,500.

Heavy rainfall hurts Pitt County crops

August 23, 2013

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The summer's wetter-than-usual weather has altered crop patterns and many plants ripened too quickly, according to an agent from the N.C. Cooperative Extension. The crop damage could last throughout the harvest season, with tobacco being hit especially hard.

Eastern logistics companies earn top rankings

August 22, 2013

(The Carteret County News-Times)

Two Emerald Isle-based companies came in at the top of the list of North Carolina's fastest growing logistics and transportation businesses in the annual Inc. 500/5000 rankings. According to the companies, First Flight Solutions, ranked first on the list in the state, grew 2,232 percent from 2009 to 2012 and sister company Transportation Impact, ranked second, grew 833 percent in the same time period.

Mixed-use development proposed for 52-acre tract in Fayetteville

August 21, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A local businessman approached Fayetteville city leaders with a plan to develop the land in northern Fayetteville near Interstate 295. The proposal includes retail, 350-400 apartments, a hotel and an indoor field house and sports complex.

Pitt County to place PCC bond on November ballot

August 21, 2013

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

The Pitt County Board of Commissioners authorized a $19.9 million bond referendum for Pitt Community College on November's ballot. The money would be used to build an $18 million science facility and renovate an existing campus building.

Wells Fargo invests in agriculture lending in Eastern NC

August 20, 2013

(Kinston Free Press)

According to an area agriculture specialist for Wells Fargo, the bank has had agricultural specialists in place in several Eastern North Carolina towns for the past few years, recognizing the successful history of the agricultural community there.

European incentives drive demand for NC wood pellets

August 19, 2013

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

The European Union and Great Britain, in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming, have created incentives for electric companies to cut back on coal usage and increase renewable sources for generating energy. The actions have driven up demand for wood pellets manufactured in the U.S., with the industry surging in coastal forest plains across the Southeast, including North Carolina.

Rural Cape Fear area projects languish after Rural Center grants freeze

August 19, 2013

(The Fayetteville Observer)

Community and business leaders in rural areas of the state's southeastern quadrant are worried as projects, contingent on grant money that was promised to them by the N.C. Rural Center, are placed on hold as the Commerce Department transitions into assuming rural economic development efforts.

ECU announces new telepsychiatry program

August 19, 2013

(The Daily Reflector, Greenville)

East Carolina University unveiled plans for a new telepsychiatry program, where patients without access to mental health professionals can be treated via two-way audio-visual technology. A report by the Department of Health and Human Services cites a low number of psychiatrists in 58 of the state's 100 counties.

Company may bring hundreds of customer service jobs to Wilmington

August 16, 2013

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington officials confirmed this week that an unnamed company is strongly considering locating there, potentially adding hundreds of customer service jobs. An announcement is expected within 6-8 weeks.