Regional News

NEW WEBSITE TOUTS NORTH CAROLINA’S AEROSPACE CORRIDOR

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The Southeastern Partnership Joins Craven, Lenoir and Wayne Counties in Global Marketing Initiative

Elizabethtown, N.C. – March 27, 2018. Economic development leaders from Craven, Lenoir and Wayne counties are collaborating with The Southeastern Partnership in showcasing a critical mass of aerospace and aviation assets that could form the basis of new job creation and business attraction. Branded “North Carolina’s Aerospace Corridor,” the initiative now has a new web-site detailing the region’s appeal to firms in aerospace, aviation and defense contracting.

The online presence can be found at www.ncaerospacecorridor.com.

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Defense spending in NC up in 2017

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Tar Heel state businesses earned more than $2.8 billion in military and other defense contacts in 2017, up more than $400 million from the prior year, according to the North Carolina Military Business Center.

The defense industry remains the second largest sector of the state economy, officials said, citing federal statistics on contracts awarded during fiscal 2017. The annual impact in the state totals $66 billion, or 12 percent of North Carolina’s Gross Domestic Product.

Scott Dorney, executive director of the business center, said the increase in contracts was part of a larger increase in federal spending in North Carolina.

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Butterball Plans $20 Million Expansion at Raeford, North Carolina, Plant

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12/27/2017 - Butterball, the nation’s largest turkey producer, will invest nearly $20 million to expand its operations in Raeford, North Carolina. The facility will include a new production line for turkey bacon products. The company will add 50 jobs to its Hoke County workforce, which currently totals more than 100.

“When Butterball opened the Raeford plant in 2015, we knew we had a great workforce and a state of the art facility, but the overall operation has exceeded our expectations,” said Barry Gum, Butterball CFO. “Butterball appreciates the continued support of the City of Raeford, Hoke County, NC’s Southeast and the State of North Carolina. We are a proud North Carolina-based company and are excited about the opportunity to continue to grow our business within the state.”
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Governor Cooper Announces 140 New Jobs in Cumberland County

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RALEIGH: 12/22/2017  -  DHL Supply Chain, a leader in contract logistics and part of Deutsche Post DHL Group, plans to bring 140 jobs to Cumberland County in partnership with Campbell Soup Company, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. Together, the companies plan to invest more than $40 million in this project.

“DHL Supply Chain and Campbell chose Cumberland County for its skilled workforce, proximity to major transportation hubs, and favorable business climate,” Gov. Cooper said. “I’m proud to welcome them to North Carolina.”

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Spirit AeroSystems North Carolina, Inc. to Invest $55.7 Million in Lenoir County

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Kinston, N.C. - Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that Spirit AeroSystems North Carolina, Inc. will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County.  The Company will invest over $55.7 million in Kinston over the next five years.

“Spirit is honored to be part of the Lenoir County community, and we are thrilled to partner with the County on this project to increase our investment in our North Carolina site,” said Terry George, vice president/general manager of Spirit’s North Carolina Operations. “As we further invest in our site to meet the needs of our customer, we will be creating opportunities to support job growth and positively contribute to the regional economy. This projected future capital investment will improve our capacity to deliver world-class aerostructures.”

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Poultry plant opens in Bladenboro

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A new poultry processing plant has opened its doors in Bladenboro. The owners of Carrol Poultry, LLC are Hera Khan and Gulzar Khan.

The plant is not your ordinary poultry processing plant. This plant uses the Muslim Orthodox Halal method of killing the poultry and preparing it for processing. Hera Khan explained that workers kill the chicken and offer a blessing over the bird, all by hand. He emphasized that in addition to meeting the standards of the Halal tradition, the meat must also pass the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) inspection as well.

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Developer Plans 300,000 SF Industrial Facility At Wilmington Port

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Jacksonville, Florida-based industrial and office developer Chesterfield has plans to construct a 300,000-square-foot industrial facility at the Port of Wilmington, officials with the company said Monday.

The main 23-acre site, located less than a mile from the port's south gate, is expected to be developed in late 2018, said Chance Raehn, vice president of development at Chesterfield.

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Premier Asset Coming To The Port of Wilmington!

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North Carolina’s Southeast is pleased to announce exciting plans for development at the Port of Wilmington that will further enhance the region’s logistics asset base.

Chesterfield – a real estate development firm based in Jacksonville, FL – will construct a 300,000-square foot warehouse facility on Port property with expected delivery to market by the end of 2018.

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Fayetteville software company adding 75 jobs in downtown

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A Fayetteville-based computer education and software company is expanding in downtown with an addition of 75 jobs paying an average of $58,400.

Advanced Computer Learning Co., whose clients include commands on Fort Bragg, creates online and mobile learning programs, foreign language support services and information technology programming. In addition to the jobs, the project will bring $613,000 in investment, according to Gov. Roy Cooper’s office.

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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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