Regional News

Tissue maker expands in Scotland County after receiving incentives from state

Posted

Canadian-based tissue maker Cascades plans to create 66 new jobs in Scotland County, after receiving more than $560,000 in incentives from the state of North Carolina.

The incentives were approved by the state Economic Investment Committee on Tuesday morning. Gov. Roy Cooper was in Wagram, where the Cascades plant is located, to make the announcement.

Scotland County is required to add incentives worth up to $3.6 million, as part of the agreement. Cascades also must invest $58 million into the Scotland County plant, where employees make bathroom tissue, facial tissues and napkins, among other items.

Read more

Officials Survey Business After Florence

Posted

By Christina Haley O'Neal - WilmingtonBiz

Local governments, businesses and residents are not the only ones in recovery mode from Hurricane Florence. The region’s economic development leaders are busy with post-storm economic development efforts.
 
North Carolina’s Southeast is working in conjunction with the N.C. Department of Commerce on an intensive assessment on the immediate impacts of the hurricane, which made landfall Sept. 14.
 
“Since our region was pretty much ground zero for the storm and had the heaviest impacts, they wanted to work with us and wanted to partner up to find out what was going on,” Steve Yost, president of North Carolina’s Southeast, said.

Read more

Anson industrial park could bring up to 400 jobs with rail connection

Posted
By Ken Elkins  – Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal

A new, 140-acre industrial park in Anson County with a connection to a major railroad could bring up to 400 jobs to that county in the Charlotte region, planners say.

Anson 74 Rail Park was officially dedicated this week, with a Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) study stating the site could support up to 1 million square feet of building space from tenants who take land in the park.

Read more

Booz Allen Hamilton adding 208 jobs in Fayetteville

Posted

The company is seeking workers with high-tech skills and will pay an average of $61,000.

Booz Allen Hamilton, which already has more than 200 workers in Fayetteville, is planning to double its workforce here with a $5.2 million expansion, state and company officials said Tuesday.

The growth is to come over the next five years. Booz Allen is a technology and management consulting firm with 24,600 workers around the world that offers analytics, engineering, cyber security and other services to help private clients, government agencies and the military become more efficient and effective, company Vice President Jay Dodd said. It’s based in McLean, Virginia.

The jobs announcement was made at a ceremony with Dodd and Gov. Roy Cooper at the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corp. office. Dozens of local officials and others attended.

Read more

New Analysis Reveals Top Rural Counties for Workforce Certificates

Posted
From Site Selection magazine, September 2017

by ADAM BRUNS

Companies keep repeating the lament: Qualified, skilled workers are hard to find. Rural America begs to differ: Good jobs are hard to find.

When the Pew Research Center and the Markle Foundation published The State of American Jobs in October 2016, more than three-quarters of adults living in rural communities told them good jobs are hard to come by where they live, compared with 62 percent of those living in urban or suburban communities.

Read more

New Jersey-Based Logistics Provider To Set Up Operations in Rocky Point

Posted

July 26, 2018 (Elizabethtown, N.C. and Wilmington, N.C.). BlueArrow Warehousing & Logistics LLC will establish operations in Southeastern North Carolina in a move that will boost traffic at the Port of Wilmington. Based in Monroe Township, N.J., privately-held BlueArrow provides warehousing, distribution, transportation, pick-and-pack and logistics services for numerous “big box” retailers and e-commerce companies. The company signed a lease earlier this month for 100,000-sq.-ft. of space at the Cape Fear Industrial Complex in Rocky Point, where it will initially employ 20 to 25 workers.
 
“The arrival of this growing third-party logistics provider to Greater Wilmington further fuels our region’s emergence as the ideal backdrop for mid-Atlantic distribution and trade-related operations,” said Scott Satterfield, CEO of Wilmington Business Development (WBD). “BlueArrow is the latest national logistics name to take advantage of our exceptional multi-modal transportation assets, workforce and ready-to-go industrial product in pursuing an exciting expansion strategy.”

Read more

Onslow Bay Boatworks selects Holly Ridge

Posted

Onslow Bay Boatworks has been manufacturing high end fishing boats since 2005 for tournament fisherman.  Founder Brad Knight is a second-generation boat builder and avid competition angler. He started Onslow Bay with a very specific goal – to build the best tournament center consoles on the water. He was successful in his design of a top-quality semi-custom center console that runs as well as it fishes and is ideal for the North Carolina coastal waters.

Onslow Bay Boatworks proudly boasts they manufacture marine products of the highest quality and best features. Their design and construction team take great pride in every step of the process to make sure you receive a boat that will provide years of trouble free service from the moment it is launched. “Every product we manufacture is built with quality, performance and longevity in mind. We feel the correct way to build your boat is to do it right the first time so you have many years of stress free enjoyment”, said Knight.

Read more

ContactUS Communications Continues Growth, Opens Center in Jacksonville, NC

Posted

COLUMBUS, Ohio and JACKSONVILLE, NC (June 7, 2018) – ContactUS Communications, a U.S.-based provider of contact center services, will open its Jacksonville, NC contact center this month. The new center will provide ContactUS’ suite of omni-channel contact center outsourcing solutions, including phone, email, chat and automated self-service, as well as social media management.
 
President & CEO, Trevor Friesen, says, “We’re excited to join the Jacksonville community and serve our clients in a larger capacity. We plan to hire more than 100 customer-centric professionals and will create more jobs as our clients’ needs evolve.” Friesen adds, “Our success is attributed to the hard work and dedication of our employees at all levels, and the loyalty of our clients.”

Read more

Burr, Tillis Announce $147 Million Infrastructure Grant for Eastern North Carolina

Posted

WASHINGTON, D.C. –Today, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) announced the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) will award a $147 million grant for key infrastructure projects across Eastern North Carolina’s highway corridors. The grant, which will be the largest infrastructure project in the state, will help widen up to 25 miles of road along I-95 and upgrade the remaining sections of U.S. 70 to interstate grade, allowing the freeway to become I-42.

Read more