Regional News

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Approves Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply Header Project

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October 13, 2017

The following is a statement by Leslie Hartz, Dominion Energy’s Vice President, Engineering & Construction, regarding the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission's approval of a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity for the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and Supply Header Project:

"We are very pleased to receive FERC approval for this vitally important project. This is the most significant milestone yet for a project that will bring jobs, economic growth and cleaner energy to our region. In the coming days we will fully review the Certificate and finalize our plans for complying with its conditions. We will also continue working with the other state and federal agencies to complete the environmental review process and make this critically important project a reality.

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U.S. Department of Commerce Invests $1.7 Million to Help Establish a New Occupational Training Center in Clinton

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WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross today announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $1.7 million grant to Sampson Community College of Clinton, North Carolina, to construct an occupational training facility to support welding and metal fabrication skills. According to grantee estimates, the project is expected to create 50 jobs, retain 24 jobs, and spur $8.8 million in private investment.

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Atlantic Coast Pipeline would fuel growth of NC manufacturing

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September 21, 2017 9:05 AM

State and federal regulators are expected to weigh in soon on the future of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). At stake are more than 4,400 jobs supported by its construction and $7.7 million in annual property-tax revenues for the eight eastern North Carolina counties the pipeline will traverse.

But the ACP means more to North Carolina’s future than that. For starters, the pipeline will help ensure the energy resources needed to accommodate the state’s rapid population growth. We’re already the nation’s ninth most populous state, and the number of North Carolina residents is expected to grow to more than 12 million by 2035, according to the Office of State Budget and Management.

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Manufacturing Company Expands with 46 New Jobs in Scotland County

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Edwards Wood Products will invest $30 million to open new sawmill in Scotland County

Date: 9/19/2017

Raleigh, N.C. – Edwards Wood Products will open a new sawmill, creating 46 new jobs over three years, N.C. Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland announced today. The manufacturer of wood pallets, high grade lumber, wood chips, and by-products will invest $30 million in the next three years to open a sawmill in Scotland County that will increase capacity and expand markets. The company plans for a phase two that will include an additional $20 million investment.

"Edwards Wood Products has grown significantly over the past several years, and this expansion is key to their continued success," said Secretary Copeland. "Scotland County is well-suited for this project, and the partnership we had between the county, community college, the Department of Transportation and N.C. Railroad was key to making this happen."

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Smithfield Foods Invests $100 Million, Adds Approximately 250 New Jobs to Its Tar Heel, North Carolina Facility

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SMITHFIELD, Va., Aug. 22, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Smithfield Foods, Inc. announced today it will build a new distribution center and expand its blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina. Smithfield will invest $100 million and add approximately 250 new jobs to bring both projects to life. In addition to the new positions, additional employment opportunities will also be available within Smithfield's logistics partner.

"This expansion reflects the promising new era we're experiencing at Smithfield," said Kenneth M. Sullivan, president and chief executive officer for Smithfield Foods. "It supports our continued growth and helps us better serve our customers by providing additional capacity and optimizing our distribution footprint."

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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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