Regional News

Southeastern Partnership Welcomes Craven, Lenoir, and Moore Counties As New Members

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Region expands to include new industrial, military and recreational assets

Elizabethtown, N.C. – April 3, 2017. The board of directors of The Southeastern Partnership has approved requests by three counties to become part of the regional marketing organization’s geography and programming. The vote to admit Craven, Lenoir and Moore counties into the Partnership occurred at the board’s regular meeting on February 23rd. The expansion is effective immediately.
 
“We’re pleased to welcome these three dynamic counties into the Southeast’s ranks,” says Partnership Chairman Jeff Etheridge.  “With their entry into the region, we grow our critical mass of economic assets and amenities, and tap new sources of ideas, expertise and business leadership.”

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Moen Incorporated Expands Warehouse & Distribution Operations in Lenoir County

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Kinston, N.C. - Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that Moen Incorporated will be expanding its operations in the County and investing over $15 million and adding 35 new jobs in Kinston over the next five years.

“The city of Kinston has been a great fit for Moen, since we first became part of the community nearly 30 years ago,” said Moen Distribution Manager, Troy Pedersen. “When it came time to expand our distribution and warehouse capacity, Lenoir County was a natural choice. We are excited to begin construction this spring on an addition that will nearly double the size of our existing warehouse facility. This will allow us to increase our warehouse and distribution capacity for Moen Faucets, Kitchen and Bath Accessories, Sinks, and Garbage Disposals as we continue to service all of our customers throughout North America.”

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Governor Cooper announces 65 new jobs with Mountaire Farms in Scotland County

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Governor Roy Cooper announced today that Mountaire Farms will launch a feed mill operation that will bring 65 jobs to Scotland County. The integrated poultry processing company plans to invest nearly $44 million at a site near Laurinburg over the next three years.

“These new, good-paying jobs mean better opportunities for hard-working people and their communities in Scotland County,” said Governor Cooper. “Agriculture has a long and proud history in North Carolina and Mountaire Farms’ new state-of-the-art operations are a sign that the agriculture industry has a bright future here.”

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Wilmington International Airport Soared To A Record Year

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The friendly skies around Wilmington International Airport had a very good year.
 
Final figures released this week from the airport show that ILM served 817,896 passengers in 2016, setting a new record. When compared to 2015, passenger enplanements were up 6.6 percent (25,365) and deplanements were up 5.9 percent (22,722), year over year.

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Infrastructure Investments Continue at North Carolina Ports, Additional Cranes Ordered

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Wilmington, N.C. – As part of its ongoing infrastructure investment plan, North Carolina Ports has ordered two New Panamax ship-to-shore cranes with an option to purchase two more from designer Shanghai Zhenjua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). Counting the new cranes and options, the Port of Wilmington will potentially feature a total of 10 container cranes that will operate over a 2,650 ft. New Panamax container berth complex.

“This investment ensures that our best-in-class efficiencies will continue well into the future,” said Executive Director, Paul J. Cozza. “Our high vessel and terminal productivity will be enhanced with this addition, thus keeping vessels on schedule and reducing inventory and logistics costs.”

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Carbon Cycle Energy Breaks Ground on $100-Million Biogas Facility in North Carolina

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Boulder, Colo., Dec. 14, 2016 — The largest utility-scale biogas facility in the U.S., capable of transforming animal and food waste into enough clean energy to power 32,000 homes annually, will break ground on Dec. 15 near Warsaw, N.C.

The $100-million facility, located on 82 acres in southeastern North Carolina, is the first in a pipeline of large-scale anaerobic digestion and biogas treatment facilities planned by Carbon Cycle Energy (C2e), the renewable energy development company based in Boulder, Colo.

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Port of Wilmington Cold Storage Offers Ag Industry Many Benefits as First In-Port Cold Storage Facility in North Carolina

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Wilmington, N.C. – The temperatures inside Port of Wilmington Cold Storage (PWCS) may be below freezing, but the demand for cold storage in North Carolina is red hot. PWCS is a new, 101,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse used to maintain specific temperatures for the storage of perishable goods, such as fruits, vegetables and proteins. The warehouse is located within the gates at the Port of Wilmington and is not only the first in-port cold storage facility in North Carolina, but one of a select few such facilities in the entire nation.

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Port of Wilmington Touts New Asia Container Service Connection

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Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk Line with the addition of the TP10/Amberjack all-water Asia-U.S. East Coast container service. The enhanced TP10/Amberjack service consists of ten Panamax 4,300-5,100 TEU ships and commenced in early October at the Port of Wilmington with the arrival of the SeaLand Lightning.

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Governor Mccrory Announces King Charles Industries To Bring 100 Textile Jobs To Anson County

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RALEIGH, N.C. — October 25, 2016 — Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) today announced the arrival of King Charles Industries LLC to Anson County. The textile company intends to hire 100 people over the next three years at its new $12.5-million manufacturing site.

“North Carolina remains the Southeast’s leading state for manufacturing employment with more than 461,000 jobs,” said Governor McCrory. “Our manufacturing economy is highly innovative, diversified and competitive at the global level and we are delighted to welcome King Charles Industries to Anson County.”

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Pepsi explanding in St. Pauls

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RALEIGH — Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) today announced that Pepsi Bottling Ventures LLC will create 50 jobs over the next five years at a new $16.5 million distribution center in Robeson County. Additionally, another 250 jobs will remain in the area.

“This expansion will continue to strengthen North Carolina’s position as one of the fastest growing economies in the nation,” said Governor McCrory. “The company’s choice of Robeson County for this state-of-the-art distribution center continues the strong momentum for the consumer foods and beverage industry in our state.”

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