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Kinston chef teams up with Chapel Hill's Southern Season

October 10, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Kinston's Vivian Howard, a local chef who has gained national attention as star of the award-winning PBS series "A Chef's Life," has partnered with Chapel Hill-based Southern Season to develop a line of gift baskets. The wooden crates, which range in price from $40 to $290, are on sale at Southern Season stores in Chapel Hill, Charleston, S.C., and Richmond, Va., and through the store's website.

Loan on Wilmington's Independence Mall in default

October 9, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Fitch Ratings reported that the owner of Wilmington's Independence Mall has defaulted on a $110 million loan. The 1-million-square-foot mall was built in 1979 and is 86% occupied, according to a recent report. 

Industry leaders convene at Wilmington energy summit

October 9, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Gov. Pat McCrory will be a keynote speaker at the Coastal Energy Summit today at the Wilmington Convention Center. Representatives from Duke Energy, GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Strata Solar and the Southeastern Coastal Wind Coalition are among the scheduled speakers for the sold-out event.

Wilmington Beer Week kicks off Saturday

October 9, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

More than 30 events are scheduled for the second annual Wilmington Beer Week, which kicks off Saturday, October 11. Beer dinners, tastings, a pet adoption event and a "Detox to Retox" yoga session are planned. 

Columbus County awards $1.8M to get railroad running again

October 8, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

The Columbus County Board of Commissioners approved $1.8 million in incentives for an unnamed buyer who plans to restore the Carolina Southern Railroad, which has been idle for three years. Horry County, S.C. is considering an identical tax incentive.

Wilmington airport considers expansion

October 7, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Following a 14-month study that outlines a three-phase expansion, Wilmington International Airport Authority must decide how it will pay for the recommended $64 to $106 million project that would increase capacity and modernize the 25-year-old terminal. 

Durham's Patheon adding 488 jobs at Greenville plant

October 6, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Durham-based DPx Holdings will expand its Patheon manufacturing plant in Greenville, adding 488 jobs to its existing 1,000 over the next five years. The pharmaceutical-services company will invest $159 million in the expansion and could receive more than $6.3 million in state incentives if it meets hiring goals.

NC Ports to study deepening Cape Fear channel

October 6, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. State Ports Authority is looking into the feasibility of deepening the Cape Fear River shipping channel to accommodate a new generation of cargo ships. The last dredging cost nearly $500 million and took a decade to complete, though the federal government shouldered much of the cost.

Robeson County has highest rate of ACA signups

October 3, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

A UNC Chapel Hill analysis shows 49.9% of of eligible Robeson County residents enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the highest percentage in the state. The eastern N.C. county has the state's highest poverty rate according to 2013 U.S. Census estimates (cover story, September)

4,000 pigs destroyed in fire at Moore County farm

October 3, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

An overnight fire destroyed a building housing 4,000 pigs at N.G. Purvis Farms in Robbins. Firefighters battled the blaze until about 3:00 a.m. Thursday morning.

NC DOT proposes demolishing Wilmington buildings for transportation hub

October 3, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to to demolish four buildings in a Wilmington historic district to make way for a downtown transportation center. The executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation says he plans to talk to state officials about incorporating one of the existing structures into the proposed center's plans.

 

Wilmington software company uses "old school principles and new technology" to fuel growth

October 2, 2014

(Greater Wilmington Business Journal)

Wilmington-based Go Energies has grown 16,000% over the past three years, making it the fastest growing company in North Carolina according to the annual Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing private companies in the U.S. The company provides software and data to enable fleet drivers to manage their fuel purchases.

E-cigarette company moves production to Greenville

October 1, 2014

(The News & Observer, Raleigh)

Mistic Electronic Cigarettes has moved its manufacturing operations from China to Greenville. The Charlotte-based company already produced the flavored liquid for its e-cigarettes domestically, but the devices were made in China. Mistic, which retails in 60,000 stores nationwide, said the move will help reduce production costs and improve quality control.

New hospital in Hoke County nears completion

September 30, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

A new 41-bed hospital is expected to open in Hoke County in February, and administrators are busy recruiting physicians, nurses and other hospital personnel. Hoke Healthcare is owned by Fayetteville-based Cape Fear Valley Health.

Canadian company to acquire Wilson forging operation, add 125 jobs

September 29, 2014

(The Wilson Times)

Canada-based Linamar Corp. will buy Carolina Forge Co. in Wilson and plans to invest $40 million in the automotive-components machining company. Linamar is eligible for more than $2.5 million in state and local incentives if it keeps its current 145 jobs and adds 125 more by the end of 2019. 

PPD to acquire remaining interest in Mass. biotech company

September 26, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

PPD will acquire remaining ownership interest in Waltham, Mass.-based X-Chem for an undisclosed amount. The Wilmington-based contract-research organization paid $15.5 million for 60% interest in the biotech company in 2010. PPD employs more than 13,000 worldwide, including about 3,000 in North Carolina.

Postal service moving 400 jobs from Fayetteville to Charlotte

September 25, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

More than 400 postal workers in Fayetteville will lose their jobs or be forced to relocate when the Postal Service moves operations at two local mail-processing centers to Charlotte. 

Tech company expected to bring 30 jobs to downtown Wilmington

September 25, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

A month after Wilmington-based Next Glass announced it was moving its offices downtown, another unidentified tech company is said to be in talks to bring 30 employees to the Murchison Building in Wilmington.

Wilmington in running for best riverfront city

September 24, 2014

(StarNews, Wilmington)

Wilmington is among 20 candidates for USA Today's Best American Riverfront cities. Readers can cast votes until Oct. 20.

Future uncertain for Sanderson Farms plant in Cumberland County

September 23, 2014

(The Fayetteville Observer)

While Cumberland County commissioners remain divided over whether to offer Sanderson Farms incentives to build a $113 million chicken-processing plant, a company representative says other communities are interested in the project. It isn't clear if any of those communities are in North Carolina.