Regional News

North Carolina’s Southeast Gets Grant For Job Sector, Site Analysis

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By: Christina Haley O'Neal, WilmingtonBiz

North Carolina’s Southeast, an 18-county regional economic development group, has been approved for federal funding to look at industry sectors and industrial real estate in its territory, according to a recent announcement.

The organization, which includes the Wilmington area, has been approved for a $148,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), officials said in a news release.

North Carolina's Southeast will contribute a 20% match of $37,000 toward the project's total $185,000 cost.

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Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer Chooses Cumberland County for First East Coast Location

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Governor Cooper announces 60 jobs and $2.3 M investment by E-N-G Mobile Systems

Raleigh: May 16, 2019

E-N-G Mobile Systems, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of specialized vehicles, will create 60 jobs as it locates its first East Coast operations in Cumberland County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company and a related company will invest $2.3 million in the new facility, located in Fayetteville. 

“Manufacturers know they can find the skilled workforce they need to grow here in North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “E-N-G was looking to expand with its first location on the East Coast near the company’s diverse customer base and North Carolina is a perfect fit.”

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Pacon, Navassa: A Successful Match

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By: Jenny Callison - WilmingtonBiz

The fact that Southeastern North Carolina has a variety of recreational offerings could have helped clinch the deal for Pacon Manufacturing in its decision to locate in Navassa.
 
That’s according to Bill Early, director of Brunswick Business & Industry Development (BID), who led the recruiting effort that is bringing Pacon to Brunswick County. Early said Mike Shannon, Pacon’s chairman of the board, enjoys boating, fishing and golf.
 
“When he relocates to the area, he will be bringing his boat,” Early said.

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ILM Kicks Off Construction On Phase 2 Of Expansion

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By:  Jenny Callison - WilmingtonBiz

A phalanx of shovels in the hands of local elected officials hit the dirt Monday morning as Wilmington International Airport (ILM) broke ground on Phase 2 of its terminal expansion project.

The new phase will add about 15,000 square feet of space to the terminal. It will contain a new outbound baggage makeup device designed to expedite moving checked luggage from the ticket counter area to individual aircraft, according to Granseur Dick, ILM’s planning and development director.

Donna Girardot (right) chairwoman of the New Hanover County Airport Authority, told the groundbreaking attendees that the new space will also expand the airline ticket lobby, ticket counters and ticket offices, and will provide space for a potential fourth airline in the future. Currently, ILM is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

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Carmichael Farms adding 50 jobs in Scotland County

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Carmichael Farms LLC plans to invest $26.5 million and create 50 jobs in Scotland County by expanding its farming operations to include manufacturing and packing of agriculture products, officials announced Tuesday morning.

The family business is the first to locate in the county’s incubator park and will receive $500,000 in tax grants over five years, according to Bob Davis, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners. Carmichael Farms must meet the job creation and investment threshold as well as pay property taxes to be eligible for the incentives.

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New Winery and Event Venue Breaks Ground in Anson County

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April 24, 2019. As a child, one of Dorrie Evans favorite places was her grandparents farm in the southwest corner of Anson County. Known to three generations of her family as "The Old Place," It was a gathering spot for holidays and special occasions; a place where memories were made and familial bonds strengthened. Dorrie and her husband, Rodney Evans, hope to rekindle that spirit and share it with others at their new venture, Vineyard at The Old Place.

AnsonEDP and the Anson County Chamber of Commerce were on hand yesterday as the earth movers started work on what will eventually become a premier entertainment venue for the entire southeast Charlotte region. Featuring a new 2,400 square foot tasting room and event center along with several renovated historic buildings and a working vineyard already located on the 50 acre property, the Evans plan to open to the public in the fall of this year.

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Active Energy Group PLC Plans 50-Job Facility in Robeson County

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British Alternative Energy Company Acquires Former Alamac Building as Part of an Anticipated $50 Million Investment

April 19, 2019 (Lumberton, N.C. and Elizabethtown, N.C.). Active Energy Group PLC (“AEG”) has acquired a 415,000-sq.-ft. (38,555-sq.-m) building in Robeson County that will be the U.S. base of its biomass processing operations. The United Kingdom-based forestry management company will create 50 jobs at the facility, which will house production of its CoalSwitch™ brand fuel products. AEG acquired the building and surrounding acreage from Alamac Holdings as part of a $50 million investment AEG anticipates making in Robeson County.

“Robeson County welcomes this cutting-edge international company as part of its initial North American presence,” said Channing Jones, director of the Robeson County Economic Development Commission. Landing the company, its significant anticipated capital investment and 50-person workforce required collaboration among a long list of partners and allies, Jones said. “I am grateful to all the individuals and organizations that stepped forward to assist with this important project, which will have a noticeable and positive impact on our local economy.”

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Manufacturer Chooses Brunswick County for New Plant, Jobs

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Governor Cooper Announces 299 Jobs and $37.6M Investment by Pacon Manufacturing

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Pacon Manufacturing Corporation, a contract manufacturer, has selected Brunswick County for its new plant, creating 299 new jobs and investing $37.6 million, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will bring manufacturing to Navassa, N.C. 

“Hurricane Florence dealt a powerful blow to this area just six months ago, but North Carolinians are strong and resilient and today we are here to celebrate the good news of good jobs,” said Governor Cooper. “Pacon Manufacturing chose North Carolina because of our strong workforce, infrastructure and community support, and they are committed to working with us as we rebuild.”

Pacon Manufacturing develops and manufactures wipes, pads, towels and liquids for the consumer, industrial and medical industries. Pacon’s products range from disinfecting wipes to makeup remover pads to personal care wipes, and the company manufactures for the leaders in consumer-packaged goods. Pacon Manufacturing was founded in 1949.

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Eastern NC Acts as Hub for Innovation

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By BusinessNC

Garrett Blackwelder was frustrated. He was not getting the response needed from the Texas manufacturer of the gaming-machine consoles he placed in local convenience stores and bars. It shouldn’t be this hard to get good service, he thought. In that moment, Blackwelder saw an opportunity ­— and took it.

In 2013, he founded Grover Gaming in Greenville to make electronic games for all types of niche gaming markets. Blackwelder, the CEO, wanted to create a company that could do a better job than vendors he had previously worked with. Last year, his staff grew by 64% and is expected to reach 175 employees by next year.

“You have to be changing while maintaining effectiveness,” Blackwelder says. “We constantly try to innovate our systems and games.”

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Anson Economic Development Corporation Announces Business Incubator And Co-working Space Project For Uptown Wadesboro

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At its Annual Meeting and Retreat March 21st, the Anson Economic Development Corporation (AEDC) announced Project REV, a business incubator and co-working space to be located in Uptown Wadesboro. The facility, which will be called REV
Uptown, will be located at 114 West Wade Street in a building that originally housed a Roses store and, more recently, offices of the Employment Security Commission, but has been vacant for more than a decade. It will feature a coffee bar and visitor center which will be open to the public, along with offices for the Anson County Chamber of Commerce, AnsonEDP, Uptown Wadesboro and the Anson County Tourism Development Authority. Three private offices, four semi-private co-workstations and co-working flex space for an additional 8-10 enterprises will round out the 3,400 square foot facility.

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