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Plastics manufacturer to close plant in Weldon

January 23, 2014

(Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald)

Flambeau Manufacturing Facilities will close its plant in Weldon by June 30, the Baraboo, Wis.-based company announced in a press release. The company makes injection-molded plastic products for a variety of uses, including arts and crafts storage and hunting and fishing products.

N.C. Ports Authority begins interviews for new CEO

January 23, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The chairman of the N.C. Ports Authority says it has narrowed down the search for a new chief executive to five or six candidates. Jeff Miles took over as interim CEO since Feb. 2013 when Tom Bradshaw resigned. The state Department of Transportation assumed operations of the ports from the Department of Commerce in 2011. 

Financial services firm to create 32 jobs in Chowan County

January 22, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A New York-based financial services company with a focus on health care will open an office in Edenton, investing more than $552,000 and creating 32 jobs over the next three years. Standard Medical Acceptance Corp. also plans to relocate its main data-processing operations to North Carolina.

Wallace foodservice company to close

January 22, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Nichols Foodservice in Duplin County will close by the end of March. The company employed 70 at one time, but loss of business led it to trim its staff to 40 by the end of 2013 and to 13 currently. The company was founded in 1946 as a wholesale grocer and incorporated as a foodservice distributor in 1979.

New Bern golf course to continue renovations despite bankruptcy filing

January 22, 2014

(New Bern Sun Journal)

New Bern's Fairfield Harbour community residents were told that improvements to Harbour Pointe Golf Course will go on even though the golf course's owner, MidSouth Golf LLC filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection earlier this month. The Fairfield Harbour Property Owners Association sued MidSouth in 2010 and was awarded $1.4 million, which the golf company has not paid.

Impact of film incentive program unclear in conflicting reports

January 21, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Commerce will be presented with two conflicting reports on the impact of state film incentives when it determines whether or not to extend the program during the short legislative session beginning in May. One study, commissioned by the Wilmington Regional Film Commission, shows an economic impact of up to $10 million for the Cape Fear region, but an internal Commerce report isn't as glowing. 

DOT to open bids on coastal bridge project

January 20, 2014

(Carteret County News-Times)

The N.C. Department of Transportation will open bids this week on a $74 million project to replace the bridge connecting Morehead City and Beaufort. The Gallants Channel Bridge project will replace the existing bascule bridge with a fixed-span bridge with a 65-foot vertical clearance for watercraft.

Three Eastern counties ranked worst for voting access

January 20, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

According to a report from the nonpartisan Center for American Progress, Hertford, Pender and Scotland Counties have the worst voting access in North Carolina. The report, based on an analysis of data from the 2012 election, concluded that the most accessible counties were Cherokee, Mecklenburg and Union.

NC airports lose flights to DC after airline merger

January 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Reagan National Airport in Washington, D.C. is ending flights to Fayetteville, Jacksonville and Wilmington as a result of the American Airlines-US Airways merger. The companies were required to give up 52 round-trip landing slots at Washington Reagan as part of an agreement with the Justice Department that will allow competing airlines to offer new flights there.

Rocky Mount chosen for federal economic initiative

January 17, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Rocky Mount is one of seven cities nationwide that will receive federal resources for economic improvement as part of the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Initiative.

Nash Health Care expansion nearing completion

January 16, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Nash Health Care will unveil a $57 million expansion in mid-March that includes a new emergency room which will more than double its current capacity and a new heart center. The hospital also plans to begin construction this spring on a $25 million women's center which is expected to open in late 2015.

Kinston J.C. Penney among 33 stores to close companywide

January 16, 2014

(The Charlotte Observer)

Struggling Plano, Texas-based retailer J.C. Penney announced it will cut 2,000 jobs and close 33 stores, including one in Kinston. Penney employs 116,000 at more than 1,100 stores. 

Wilmington-based yogurt shop to open at Charlotte's BB&T Ballpark

January 15, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Fuzzy Peach Frozen Yogurt will open next to the team store at BB&T Ballpark in downtown Charlotte, the new home of the Charlotte Knights baseball team. The team will own the franchise, which will serve from a streetside entrance year-round and will be accessible from inside the stadium during events.

New FX series pilot to be filmed in Wilmington

January 15, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

FX will join ABC, CBS and Fox networks when it films a pilot for a new half-hour comedy series in Wilmington this April.  FX CEO John Landgraf said the state's film incentives and the setting both played  roles in the decision to film here.

New ABC series to film in Wilmington this spring

January 14, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Sources in the film industry say a new ABC drama, "Secrets & Lies," will begin filming in the Wilmington area this spring. Local film crews for the CBS drama "Under the Dome" plan to begin work on its second season in February, and Fox president Kevin Reilly announced that production on season two of its series "Sleepy Hollow" will begin in March. 

Rep. Jones calls meeting over proposed wind turbine project in Newport

January 13, 2014

(The Daily News, Jacksonville)

U.S. Rep. Walter Jones has called for a meeting with the Department of Defense to discuss a proposed wind turbine project in Newport. Local officials and residents have expressed concerned about the possibility the turbines would cause problems with the flight paths of aircraft leaving Marine Corps air stations in Cherry Point and New River. 

Economist predicts modest growth for Southeastern NC in 2014

January 10, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

At an economic forecast seminar in Wilmington, Federal Reserve economist Richard Kaglic predicted national economic growth of 2% to 3% in 2014, and an economist from UNC Wilmington expects about the same growth rate for Southeastern N.C. William "Woody" Hall forecast strong growth in the health-care industry, a recovery in container traffic at the Port of Wilmington and stabilizing housing prices.

New Hanover hospital president says Obamacare, policy changes will cost it $20 million

January 9, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

President and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center Jack Barton says Obamacare and government policy decisions will cost the hospital $20 million this year, though he said the hospital has been proactive in becoming more efficient and might not have to cut services despite the potential shortfall.

Fayetteville group to convert empty warehouse to kitchen incubator

January 7, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

An economic development group plans to turn a 14,000-square-foot downtown Fayetteville warehouse into a kitchen incubator, with three commercial kitchens for use by long-term tenants and for special events and training. The Center for Economic Development and Empowerment hopes to raise $2.5 million in private donations and government grants to upfit the space.

Many Wilmington businesses didn't make it to see 2014

January 6, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A look back at Wilmington-area businesses, including some that had been around for decades, that closed or merged with others in 2013.