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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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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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Federal/Defense Contracting Increased by 1 Billion in NC, FY18

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FAYETTEVILLE (MAR 6, 2019) – The Department of Defense (DoD) has an annual impact of $66 billion and is the second largest sector of the North Carolina economy (12% of GDP).  With six major military installations, 116 National Guard and 40 Army Reserve facilities and the third highest number of uniformed military personnel in the country, North Carolina continues to provide comprehensive support to the military and federal agencies worldwide, including products, services and infrastructure from businesses across the state to support our men and women in uniform.   

The North Carolina Military Business Center (NCMBC), a business development entity of the North Carolina Community College System, headquartered at Fayetteville Technical Community College is pleased to announce that federal and defense spending on prime contracts in North Carolina increased in fiscal year 2018 over fiscal year 2017.

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New Generation Yarn Corporation (Warp Clarkton) expands its North Carolina based Warping Operations

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The town of Clarkton is getting a new business. New Generation Yarn Corporation (a North Carolina based company) formally announced its activities to expand their North Carolina based warping operations. This new facility, located in Clarkton, NC, will operate under the trade name “Warp Clarkton”. This large new manufacturing facility will include both conventional warping and draw warping machines and also serve as a warehousing and distribution center. This expansion is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. New Generation Yarn has maintained manufacturing facilities in the North Carolina area for over 20 years.

As stated by the company CEO, Shartel (Skip) Smith “This expansion will give New Generation Yarn added flexibility and capacity to service and react to its customers’ needs more quickly and efficiently”.

The company is expected to bring 75 to 100 new jobs and make an investment of $4 million.

Warp Clarkton is currently accepting applications for employment through NC Works and at the Clarkton Plant, located at 10575 WR Latham Street, Clarkton, North Carolina, 28433.

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New York's Fine Fixtures Chooses Cape Fear Industrial Complex For New Distribution Center

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Port Connection Plus Access to Southeastern U.S. Markets Brings Bathroom Furnishings Company to Greater Wilmington

December 13, 2018 (Elizabethtown, N.C. and Wilmington, N.C.). Fine Fixtures Inc., a New York based supplier of bathroom furnishings, will establish an 80,000-sq.ft. distribution center at the Cape Fear Industrial Complex in Rocky Point. The company plans to employ a 20-person workforce there. The move positions Fine Fixtures nearer southeastern U.S. markets and enables it to utilize the Port of Wilmington for imported shipments of its products.

“We wanted to be close to the Port of Wilmington,” says Joseph Ostreicher, co-founder and co-owner of Fine Fixtures. The company, established in 2005, had outgrown warehouses it currently maintains in Brooklyn and New Windsor, N.Y., which is about 60 miles north of New York City. “The Port of Wilmington has a quick turn-around,” Ostreicher says. “Truckers don’t have to wait a long time.”

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Smithfield Foods shows off new distribution center

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By: Emily M. Williams - Bladen Journal

TAR HEEL — Move over Santa’s workshop because Smithfield’s new distribution center is a bit of Erector set efficiency and state of the art technology.

With everything from conveyors to automated equipment to deep freezers cold enough to make ice crystals in your nose, the entire building is quite impressive.

Friday morning invited guests gathered in the new section of the distribution center, along with corporate staff and dignitaries, and officially opened the plant with a ribbon cutting.

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Tissue maker expands in Scotland County after receiving incentives from state

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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.

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Officials Survey Business After Florence

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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.

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