Regional News

UNCW Ranks On U.S. News & World Report's Best Colleges List

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By: Johanna Cano, WilmingtonBiz

The University of North Carolina Wilmington has ranked for the first time on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Colleges under the National Universities category, coming in at No. 185.

The university also ranked No. 92 in the Top Public Schools subcategory, for which it tied with Ohio University and the University of Houston.

“Being recognized as one of the top 100 public universities in the nation during UNCW’s first year in the national category speaks volumes about the quality of our faculty, staff and students and their commitment to excellence at every level,” Chancellor Jose Sartarelli said in a news release. “In less than a year, Hurricanes Florence and Dorian affected our institution, and yet our campus community continues to rise above challenging circumstances, building a dynamic university dedicated to student success, advanced research, and community engagement.”

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Wilmington Firms Make Inc. 5000 List

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By: Christina Haley O'Neal, WilmingtonBiz

Four Wilmington companies have ranked on this year’s Inc. 5000 list.

Inc. Magazine’s annual list of the top 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies in the country was released Wednesday and on this year's list, the local area firms are Untappd (No. 221), Geo Owl (No. 1511), GigSalad (No. 1741) and MegaCorp Logistics (No. 2444). Find an interactive map of national growth based on this year's list here.

Companies on Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2015 to 2018, states the website.

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N.C. Ports Expanding Refrigerated Container Capacity

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By: Christina Haley O'Neal, WilmingtonBiz

A $14 million project to triple the Port of Wilmington's refrigerated container capacity is now underway, port officials said this week.

The project will grow the Port of Wilmington's capability to handle refrigerated containers from 300 to 1,000, once the project is complete, said Brian Clark, chief operations officer and deputy executive director of N.C. Ports.

The work is happening on the port's existing footprint near the Port of Wilmington Cold Storage facility, said Bethany Welch, spokeswoman for N.C. Ports. When complete, the project will consolidate the port's refrigerated cargo into one space, and add the ability to stack its refrigerated cargo, she said.

The project, which totals $14.2 million, is part of the port's overall container terminal expansion plan. In March, the ports completed a portion of the plan, which opened a new section of the container terminal, Welch said.

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North Carolina’s Southeast Gets Grant For Job Sector, Site Analysis

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By: Christina Haley O'Neal, WilmingtonBiz

North Carolina’s Southeast, an 18-county regional economic development group, has been approved for federal funding to look at industry sectors and industrial real estate in its territory, according to a recent announcement.

The organization, which includes the Wilmington area, has been approved for a $148,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), officials said in a news release.

North Carolina's Southeast will contribute a 20% match of $37,000 toward the project's total $185,000 cost.

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Specialty Vehicle Manufacturer Chooses Cumberland County for First East Coast Location

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Governor Cooper announces 60 jobs and $2.3 M investment by E-N-G Mobile Systems

Raleigh: May 16, 2019

E-N-G Mobile Systems, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of specialized vehicles, will create 60 jobs as it locates its first East Coast operations in Cumberland County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company and a related company will invest $2.3 million in the new facility, located in Fayetteville. 

“Manufacturers know they can find the skilled workforce they need to grow here in North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “E-N-G was looking to expand with its first location on the East Coast near the company’s diverse customer base and North Carolina is a perfect fit.”

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Pacon, Navassa: A Successful Match

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By: Jenny Callison - WilmingtonBiz

The fact that Southeastern North Carolina has a variety of recreational offerings could have helped clinch the deal for Pacon Manufacturing in its decision to locate in Navassa.
 
That’s according to Bill Early, director of Brunswick Business & Industry Development (BID), who led the recruiting effort that is bringing Pacon to Brunswick County. Early said Mike Shannon, Pacon’s chairman of the board, enjoys boating, fishing and golf.
 
“When he relocates to the area, he will be bringing his boat,” Early said.

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ILM Kicks Off Construction On Phase 2 Of Expansion

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By:  Jenny Callison - WilmingtonBiz

A phalanx of shovels in the hands of local elected officials hit the dirt Monday morning as Wilmington International Airport (ILM) broke ground on Phase 2 of its terminal expansion project.

The new phase will add about 15,000 square feet of space to the terminal. It will contain a new outbound baggage makeup device designed to expedite moving checked luggage from the ticket counter area to individual aircraft, according to Granseur Dick, ILM’s planning and development director.

Donna Girardot (right) chairwoman of the New Hanover County Airport Authority, told the groundbreaking attendees that the new space will also expand the airline ticket lobby, ticket counters and ticket offices, and will provide space for a potential fourth airline in the future. Currently, ILM is served by American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines.

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Carmichael Farms adding 50 jobs in Scotland County

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Carmichael Farms LLC plans to invest $26.5 million and create 50 jobs in Scotland County by expanding its farming operations to include manufacturing and packing of agriculture products, officials announced Tuesday morning.

The family business is the first to locate in the county’s incubator park and will receive $500,000 in tax grants over five years, according to Bob Davis, chairman of the county Board of Commissioners. Carmichael Farms must meet the job creation and investment threshold as well as pay property taxes to be eligible for the incentives.

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New Winery and Event Venue Breaks Ground in Anson County

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April 24, 2019. As a child, one of Dorrie Evans favorite places was her grandparents farm in the southwest corner of Anson County. Known to three generations of her family as "The Old Place," It was a gathering spot for holidays and special occasions; a place where memories were made and familial bonds strengthened. Dorrie and her husband, Rodney Evans, hope to rekindle that spirit and share it with others at their new venture, Vineyard at The Old Place.

AnsonEDP and the Anson County Chamber of Commerce were on hand yesterday as the earth movers started work on what will eventually become a premier entertainment venue for the entire southeast Charlotte region. Featuring a new 2,400 square foot tasting room and event center along with several renovated historic buildings and a working vineyard already located on the 50 acre property, the Evans plan to open to the public in the fall of this year.

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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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