Regional News

Southeastern Partnership Completes New Strategic Plan

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Three-year vision incorporates expanded footprint, ambitious targets for marketing and job growth

Elizabethtown, N.C. – August 8, 2017. The board of directors of The Southeastern Partnership has approved a strategic marketing plan that will guide the regional economic development organization’s work during the coming three years. The nine-page strategy outlines direct marketing, product development, research and technology activities, collaborative engagement, regional advocacy and more.

 “The plan is pretty specific about what we need to do,” says Chuck Horne, a Southeastern Partnership board member who chaired the 15-member committee that drafted the plan. Like the previous plan, the strategy quantifies results the board is seeking from now through mid-2020:

  • Encourage the arrival of 18 or more new companies to the region;
  • Support the creation of at least 1,080 new jobs; and
  • Attract at least $540 million in private capital investment.

“We set some lofty but attainable goals,” says Horne, an Anson County businessman. “The Southeast Region has had great success over the last three years, and we want to build on that.”

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North Carolina Ports, CSX to Commence Queen City Express

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July 20, 2017

Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports and CSX will commence a daily, intermodal rail service between Wilmington and Charlotte starting July 28, 2017. This double stacked train, dubbed the Queen City Express, marks the official return of intermodal rail to North Carolina Ports.

“The Queen City Express provides premier rail service over competing ports for existing and future container customers in one of the most significant economic centers in the Southeastern United States,” said Executive Director, Paul J. Cozza. “In addition, further establishing our inland terminal helps answer the request of many cargo owners asking for improved connectivity to international markets.”

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Mojotone LLC to Expand into Shell Building at Pender Progress Industrial Park - Music Electronics Maker to Create 15 Jobs

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June 21, 2017 (Wilmington, N.C.) - Mojotone LLC will assume occupancy of a 40,000-square-foot shell building in Burgaw in order to accommodate an expanded product line. The company, which makes amplifiers, sound system cabinetry and components for electric guitars, will vacate space it has held since arriving in Pender County in 2005.

"We currently occupy about 35,000 square feet of space across three buildings," says Michael McWhorter, the company's co-owner. The move facilitates Mojotone's consolidation into a single building that can accommodate future growth. The speculative building at Pender Progress Industrial Park can be doubled in size. "Our current three buildings are also limited in ceiling height," McWhorter says. Its new building's 28-foot ceilings will enable the company to grow its inventory of speaker cabinets and other products that are shipped to buyers worldwide.

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Electronics Recycling Company to Locate in Anson County

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WADESBORO, NC - Anson Economic Development Partnership is pleased to announce that USB Recycling, LLC has chosen Anson County for its new U.S. facility. The company has purchased the former Anson Shirt building at 620 Anson Apparel Shirt Road in Wadesboro, and after significant building upfit and modifications will open a state-of-the- art electronics sorting, recycling and refurbishing center sometime in mid-Summer 2017. The facility is expected to create 15 new jobs upon opening with an additional 30 jobs added during the first three years of operation.

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StreamLines Adds North Carolina Ports to Blue Stream Service

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Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is pleased to announce further expansion of its container services with the addition of StreamLines.  StreamLines, a division of Seatrade, is known for its specialized refrigerated container operations, reliable schedules and speed to market. The container carrier recently added the Port of Wilmington to its Blue Stream weekly service and will begin calling the port in June.

“We’ve made a steadfast commitment to better serve the Carolinas,” said Executive Director, Paul J. Cozza. “Agriculture exports are critical to our region’s economy and this service, along with other recent service additions, will continue to allow our farmers to use their natural gateway – North Carolina Ports.”

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Southeastern Partnership Welcomes Craven, Lenoir, and Moore Counties As New Members

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Region expands to include new industrial, military and recreational assets

Elizabethtown, N.C. – April 3, 2017. The board of directors of The Southeastern Partnership has approved requests by three counties to become part of the regional marketing organization’s geography and programming. The vote to admit Craven, Lenoir and Moore counties into the Partnership occurred at the board’s regular meeting on February 23rd. The expansion is effective immediately.
 
“We’re pleased to welcome these three dynamic counties into the Southeast’s ranks,” says Partnership Chairman Jeff Etheridge.  “With their entry into the region, we grow our critical mass of economic assets and amenities, and tap new sources of ideas, expertise and business leadership.”

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Moen Incorporated Expands Warehouse & Distribution Operations in Lenoir County

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Kinston, N.C. - Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that Moen Incorporated will be expanding its operations in the County and investing over $15 million and adding 35 new jobs in Kinston over the next five years.

“The city of Kinston has been a great fit for Moen, since we first became part of the community nearly 30 years ago,” said Moen Distribution Manager, Troy Pedersen. “When it came time to expand our distribution and warehouse capacity, Lenoir County was a natural choice. We are excited to begin construction this spring on an addition that will nearly double the size of our existing warehouse facility. This will allow us to increase our warehouse and distribution capacity for Moen Faucets, Kitchen and Bath Accessories, Sinks, and Garbage Disposals as we continue to service all of our customers throughout North America.”

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Governor Cooper announces 65 new jobs with Mountaire Farms in Scotland County

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Governor Roy Cooper announced today that Mountaire Farms will launch a feed mill operation that will bring 65 jobs to Scotland County. The integrated poultry processing company plans to invest nearly $44 million at a site near Laurinburg over the next three years.

“These new, good-paying jobs mean better opportunities for hard-working people and their communities in Scotland County,” said Governor Cooper. “Agriculture has a long and proud history in North Carolina and Mountaire Farms’ new state-of-the-art operations are a sign that the agriculture industry has a bright future here.”

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Wilmington International Airport Soared To A Record Year

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The friendly skies around Wilmington International Airport had a very good year.
 
Final figures released this week from the airport show that ILM served 817,896 passengers in 2016, setting a new record. When compared to 2015, passenger enplanements were up 6.6 percent (25,365) and deplanements were up 5.9 percent (22,722), year over year.

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Infrastructure Investments Continue at North Carolina Ports, Additional Cranes Ordered

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Wilmington, N.C. – As part of its ongoing infrastructure investment plan, North Carolina Ports has ordered two New Panamax ship-to-shore cranes with an option to purchase two more from designer Shanghai Zhenjua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). Counting the new cranes and options, the Port of Wilmington will potentially feature a total of 10 container cranes that will operate over a 2,650 ft. New Panamax container berth complex.

“This investment ensures that our best-in-class efficiencies will continue well into the future,” said Executive Director, Paul J. Cozza. “Our high vessel and terminal productivity will be enhanced with this addition, thus keeping vessels on schedule and reducing inventory and logistics costs.”

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