Regional News

ContactUS Communications Continues Growth, Opens Center in Jacksonville, NC

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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.”

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

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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.

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Catawba Biogas to Build $15 Million Facility in Anson County

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Innovative waste-to-energy plant will provide renewable solutions for poultry producers; safeguard local waterways

WADESBORO, NC - Anson Economic Development Partnership is pleased to announce that Catawba Biogas, a leading operator of renewable energy facilities, will locate a new poultry waste to natural gas conversion facility in Anson County. The company plans to invest at least $15 million in state-of-the-art biogas technology, and is expected to break ground later this year on a site near the Pee Dee Electric Gas Turbine "Peaking" plant east of Lilesville. The new plant will employ 8-10 when fully operational in 2019 at wages above the county average of $32,584.

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National Gypsum Will Invest $25 Million in Re-opening Wilmington Location

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Global Construction Materials Maker Will Create at Least 51 Jobs

May 8, 2018 (Wilmington, N.C.)

National Gypsum Company will re-open its Wilmington production facility, investing $25 million over the next five years in new infrastructure and equipment, and creating at least 51 jobs at salaries averaging $57,000 per year.

"We expect to have the plant operational by the end of the year," said Tom Nelson, chief executive officer of National Gypsum, which is headquartered in Charlotte. The plant will support the company's production of specialty gypsum board, including its family of PURPLE mold- and moisture-resistant products. "Wilmington will allow us to increase capacity as the construction industry continues to build momentum," Nelson said.

The privately-held company is the nation's second largest producer of gypsum wallboard and a leading supplier of interior finishing products and cement board to buyers in the construction industry. Its plant on Sunnyvale Drive in Wilmington operated from 1979 through 2009, when the global financial meltdown dramatically slowed residential and commercial construction, forcing National Gypsum to idle its Wilmington operation.

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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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