Regional News

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


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



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


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


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


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


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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Anson industrial park could bring up to 400 jobs with rail connection

By Ken Elkins  – Senior Staff Writer, Charlotte Business Journal

A new, 140-acre industrial park in Anson County with a connection to a major railroad could bring up to 400 jobs to that county in the Charlotte region, planners say.

Anson 74 Rail Park was officially dedicated this week, with a Duke Energy Corp. (NYSE:DUK) study stating the site could support up to 1 million square feet of building space from tenants who take land in the park.

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Booz Allen Hamilton adding 208 jobs in Fayetteville


The company is seeking workers with high-tech skills and will pay an average of $61,000.

Booz Allen Hamilton, which already has more than 200 workers in Fayetteville, is planning to double its workforce here with a $5.2 million expansion, state and company officials said Tuesday.

The growth is to come over the next five years. Booz Allen is a technology and management consulting firm with 24,600 workers around the world that offers analytics, engineering, cyber security and other services to help private clients, government agencies and the military become more efficient and effective, company Vice President Jay Dodd said. It’s based in McLean, Virginia.

The jobs announcement was made at a ceremony with Dodd and Gov. Roy Cooper at the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corp. office. Dozens of local officials and others attended.

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New Analysis Reveals Top Rural Counties for Workforce Certificates

From Site Selection magazine, September 2017


Companies keep repeating the lament: Qualified, skilled workers are hard to find. Rural America begs to differ: Good jobs are hard to find.

When the Pew Research Center and the Markle Foundation published The State of American Jobs in October 2016, more than three-quarters of adults living in rural communities told them good jobs are hard to come by where they live, compared with 62 percent of those living in urban or suburban communities.

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