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CLIFF PYRON JR. JOINS WBD STAFF

Former Port Authority Developer Will Support Regional Job Creation Efforts January 15, 2019 (Wilmington, N.C.) – Cliff Pyron Jr. is now Senior Manager, Business Development at Wilmington Business Development (WBD). Pyron, who previously served as Account Manager and Economic Development at the North Carolina State Ports Authority, begins his new duties today. “Cliff has the […]

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 […]

CAPE FEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGE WINS RECOGNITION AS CAMERON MANAGEMENT ALLY OF THE YEAR

WBD Award Cites College’s Partnership Role in Workforce Innovation and Economic Leadership October 24, 2018 (Wilmington, N.C.) – Wilmington Business Development (WBD) has named Cape Fear Community College its Cameron Management Ally of the Year for 2018. The honor was given at the organization’s annual meeting on October 17 at the Cape Fear Country Club. […]

HURRICANE FLORENCE RECOVERY

In the wake of Hurricane Florence, Wilmington Business Development (WBD) is working vigorously to help facilitate the complete restoration of the economy of Greater Wilmington. Our staff and leadership are safe, and our operations suffered very little downtime in the storm’s immediate aftermath. Still, not everyone was so fortunate. Florence left behind death, destruction and […]

Results for 2017-2018 Include $25 Million Increase in Regional Payroll

“I pass with relief from the tossing sea of Cause and Theory to the firm ground of Result and Fact.” –Winston Churchill While the best economic development strategies prepare communities for prosperity well into the next generation, their results get measured today. Sound planning and effective execution made 2017-2018 a banner year for WBD and […]

New Leadership Takes the Helm at WBD

Bill Cherry has assumed the organization’s chairmanship, effective July 1. Cherry founded Air Wilmington, the fixed base operator (FBO) at the Wilmington International Airport. Air Wilmington provides fueling, MRO and hangar services to general aviation, military and commercial customers. Its facilities include an 8,400-square-foot terminal and over 100,000 square feet of hangar space. Earlier this […]

WBD Exec Named One of NC’s Top Business Leaders

Scott Satterfield has long been recognized as an influential mover and shaker in Wilmington. Earlier this year, Business North Carolina magazine recognized Wilmington Business Development’s CEO for his impact as a statewide leader, listing him among its “Power 100.”  The publication called Satterfield, who has led the organization since 1995, “the longstanding face of the […]

MojoTone Celebrates Grand Opening

Congressman David Rouzer was among the dignitaries joining the staff of Mojotone LLC in marking the April ribbon-cutting of their new Burgaw facility in Burgaw. The fast-growing company has operated in Pender County since 2005, but its previous space had become inadequate. “Being in this new building definitely opens up more opportunities for manufacturing and […]

44 Teams Compete in WBD’s 16th Annual Golf Tournament

Regional executives recently showed their support for WBD while also doing something they love: playing golf. Members and guests gathered on May 17 at River Landing for the 16th Annual WBD Golf Tournament. This year’s event included competition on the links by 44 teams. The tournament has become a valuable opportunity for relationship-building and networking […]

NEW JERSEY-BASED LOGISTICS PROVIDER TO SET UP OPERATIONS IN ROCKY POINT

July 26, 2018 (Elizabethtown, N.C. and Wilmington, N.C.). BlueArrow Warehousing & Logistics LLC will establish operations in Southeastern North Carolina in a move that will boost traffic at the Port of Wilmington. Based in Monroe Township, N.J., privately-held BlueArrow provides warehousing, distribution, transportation, pick-and-pack and logistics services for numerous “big box” retailers and e-commerce companies. […]

NATIONAL GYPSUM WILL INVEST $25 MILLION IN RE-OPENING WILMINGTON LOCATION

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 […]

MOJOTONE LLC TO CUT THE RIBBON ON NEW HOME AT PENDER PROGRESS INDUSTRIAL PARK

Music Electronics Maker Eyes Continued Growth April 20, 2018 (Burgaw, N.C.) Local business, government and economic development officials will join executives and staff today at Mojotone LLC in marking the grand opening of the company’s 40,000-square-foot facility in Burgaw. The company, which has operated in Pender County since 2005, outgrew its previous space, which spread […]

AT-PORT DISTRIBUTION MODEL ADVANCES

  Given the global nature of modern commerce, port facilities now play a key role in the movement of finished goods between producers and consumers. As North Carolina’s gateway to the world’s marketplace, Greater Wilmington is well-suited to prosper from this trend. An “at-port” distribution center model moves the port closer to achieving its full […]

COASTAL BEVERAGE TO INVEST IN NEW OPERATIONS AT PENDER COMMERCE PARK

Eastern NC Beverage Company Will Build HQ and Distribution Center   February 5, 2018 (Wilmington, N.C.) – Coastal Beverage Company, Inc., one of eastern North Carolina’s premiere distributors of beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages, has selected a 27.7-acre parcel at Pender Commerce Park that will serve as regional distribution space as well as its corporate […]

WILMINGTON BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES ADDITION TO PENDER COMMERCE PARK

FedEx Freight Will Be Property’s Third Tenant February 2, 2018 (Wilmington, N.C.) – Wilmington Business Development has announced FedEx Freight, a less-than-truckload (LTL) carrier, a unit of FedEx Corporation (NYSE: FDX) has selected a 12.5-acre parcel at Pender Commerce Park for a new service center. “The arrival of FedEx Freight highlights the rise of Pender […]

NORTH CAROLINA PORTS, CSX TO COMMENCE QUEEN CITY EXPRESS

JULY 20, 2017 Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports and CSX will commence a daily, intermodal rail service between Wilmington and Charlotte starting July 28, 2017. This double stacked train, dubbed the Queen City Express, marks the official return of intermodal rail to North Carolina Ports. “The Queen City Express provides premier rail service over […]

Mojotone Closes on Pender Shell Building, Expands Product Line and Workforce

Mojotone LLC has closed on its purchase of a 40,000-square-foot shell building in Burgaw that will accommodate an expanded product line. “We should be in the building by September,” says Michael McWhorter, the company’s co-owner. The Burgaw firm makes amplifiers, sound system cabinetry and components for electric guitars. It will vacate three buildings it has […]

WBD Hosts Location Advisers During Wells Fargo Championship

David Schrock, a Dallas-based site selection consultant, is not much of a golfer. But when he received an invitation to travel to Wilmington and attend the Wells Fargo Championship, he couldn’t pass up the offer. “I had been to North Carolina before, but never Wilmington,” says Schrock, who is senior director of NAI Global’s site […]

Wells Fargo Championship Showcases Greater Wilmington to the World

The Wells Fargo Championship, held in early May at Eagle Point Golf Club, offered pro golfers a look at one of Wilmington’s premiere courses. But the event, which was broadcast in 32 languages to 225 countries around the world, was also a unique showcase for Greater Wilmington as a destination for businesses and people. Some […]

New Chamber CEO Natalie English Brings Advocacy Expertise and Partnership Ethos

A 30-year career in legislative and regulatory affairs has laid the groundwork for Natalie English to be an effective advocate for Greater Wilmington’s business community. In March, English assumed her new duties as president and CEO of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce. “I’ve been in the chamber business a lot of years,” English says. “It […]

PORT OF WILMINGTON TOUTS NEW ASIA CONTAINER SERVICE CONNECTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 31, 2016 INFORMATION: Cliff Pyron Senior Manager, External Affairs (910) 343-6492 cliff.pyron@ncports.com   PORT OF WILMINGTON TOUTS NEW ASIA CONTAINER SERVICE CONNECTION 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. […]

Four County EMC Wins First-Ever WBD Ally of the Year Award

Four County Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) has been named 2016 Ally of the Year by Wilmington Business Development (WBD). The first-ever award from WBD is co-sponsored by Cameron Management Company. “The Ally of the Year Award showcases the exceptional leadership behind our region’s economic development success,” said Scott Satterfield, WBD’s chief executive officer. Satterfield presented […]

Wilmington region sees high job growth

Southeastern North Carolina counties net high percentages of job creation. By Ashley Morris StarNews Staff SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — Terry Greenlaw relocated from Atlanta to Wilmington last year to serve as the chief technology officer at CastleBranch. He brought his family with him. And he brought four other colleagues with him to Wilmington. The gig at […]

Local area included in expanded foreign trade zone

Tuesday, September 20th 2016, 10:00 am EDTTuesday, September 20th 2016, 10:00 am EDTBy: WECT StaffEmail Connectnewsroom@wect.com Southeastern North Carolina has received approval to expand Foreign-Trade Zone 214, Governor Pat McCrory announced Tuesday. (Source: WECT) SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – Southeastern North Carolina has received approval to expand Foreign-Trade Zone 214, Governor Pat McCrory announced Tuesday […]

NORTH CAROLINA PORTS COMPLETES TURNING BASIN PROJECT, WELCOMES 8,200 TEU VESSEL TO WILMINGTON

Wilmington, N.C. – As part of its ongoing infrastructure investment plan, North Carolina Ports has completed the expansion project of its turning basin at the Port of Wilmington. The expansion allows the port to accommodate post-Panamax vessels with a length of 1,150 feet (350.52 meters) and a breadth of 158 feet (48.16 meters). On August […]

North Carolina Ports Welcomes Largest-Ever Containership to the Port of Wilmington

Wilmington, N.C. – Building upon Governor Pat McCrory’s efforts to increase trade and promote economic growth at our state ports, North Carolina officials welcomed the largest containership to visit the Port of Wilmington. The Hanjin Baltimore, measuring 984 feet in length and 140 feet in width, is the first of many post-Panamax vessels to be […]

New Direct Intermodal Rail Service to Connect Port of Wilmington and Charlotte

New Direct Intermodal Rail Service to Connect Port of Wilmington and Charlotte Wilmington, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory joined officials from the N.C. Transportation Department and CSX Corporation today at the Port of Wilmington to announce the debut of the new Queen City Express, an intermodal rail service between the Port of Wilmington and CSX’s […]

Empire Distributors Breaks Ground at Pender Commerce Park

Empire Distributors of North Carolina broke ground on its approximately 175,000-sq.-ft. distribution facility in March, setting the stage for a state-of-the-art facility that will be operating later this year. “We want to be in the building by October and operational soon thereafter,” says Jay McGrady, plant manager for Empire Distributors, which distributes beer, wine and […]

AAI Becomes Alcami, Nears Groundbreaking on Expansion

Just six months ago, AAI and its sister company Cambridge Major Labs (CML) announced a $20 million expansion to its lab and headquarters operations in Wilmington. Today, as that initiative moves forward, the global contract development and manufacturing organization has emerged with a new brand identity and name: Alcami. AAI, whose presence in Wilmington reached […]

Momentum Builds for Infrastructure Initiative Along Highway 421

The March 15th passage by North Carolina voters of a $2 billion bond package could help facilitate the construction of water and wastewater service along U.S. Highway 421, a key industrial corridor with lucrative job-creation potential. While New Hanover County is not directly eligible for “Connect NC” funds, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) […]

14th Annual Membership Invitational Draws 48 Teams

The 14th Annual Verizon Invitational drew 48 teams, a new record for the golf event. Some 144 players gathered at River Landing on May 18th to show their support for economic development in the region. In addition to raising funds to support WBD’s global marketing and promotional mission, the event provides valuable opportunities for informal […]

AT&T Expands Access to Gigabit Speeds to more Businesses in 20 North Carolina Markets

RALEIGH, N.C., June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T1 is bringing gigabit internet speeds to even more businesses in 20 North Carolina markets. With AT&T Business Fiber, businesses can download and upload up 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).2 It’s now available in these markets: • Apex • Davidson • Knightdale • Asheville • Garner • Morrisville • Burlington […]

Fiber Ready ILM Business Park

Click on links below to view Press Release and Video ILM Fiber Ready Video Press Release Fiber Ready ILM Business Park Press Release ILM Now Home to Nation’s First AT&T Fiber Ready International Airport Business Park With quick access to a deep-water port and top-notch aviation facility, ILM Business Park has unique advantages when it […]

Vertex Rail Technologies, LLC Will Employ Over 1300 at Tank Car Production Site in Wilmington

Announcement published on Nov 14, 2014

VERTEX RAIL WILL EMPLOY OVER 1,300 AT TANK CAR PRODUCTION SITE IN WILMINGTON U.S. Energy Boom Fuels Company’s Plans at Former Terex Crane Facility November 13, 2014 (Wilmington, N.C.) – Vertex Rail Technologies, LLC, a manufacturer of railroad tank cars, will occupy the former Terex Crane facility on Raleigh Street in Wilmington that was once […]

HIGH-END SEAFOOD PROCESSOR UNVEILS PLANS TO BRING 120 JOBS TO PENDER COUNTY New York-Based Company Will Invest as much as $30 million at Pender Commerce Park

Announcement published on Oct 18, 2013

October 18, 2013 – Wilmington, N.C. Global demand for nutrient-rich smoked fish is good news for the Pender County community of Currie, which will be the site of a new 100,000-square-foot seafood processing facility that will employ 120 workers. RC Creations, LLC, a unit of Brooklyn, New York-based Acme Smoked Fish Corporation, will invest nearly […]

GE Aviation Expansion at Castle Hayne Brings $63 Million in Economic Investment, 35 New Jobs

Announcement published on Jun 9, 2013

Wilmington, N.C. – GE Aviation, a longtime industrial resident of Greater Wilmington, will launch a major expansion at its New Hanover County facility as part of a $195 million commitment the company is making at four of its sites in North Carolina. For Greater Wilmington, GE Aviation’s move brings at least $63 million in new […]

Wilmington Firm to Base Global Headquarters Here in $10 Million Expansion

Announcement published on Mar 1, 2013

March 1, 2013 – Wilmington, N.C. Castle Branch, Inc., already a major employer in Wilmington, will triple its 200-person corporate headquarters here under a nearly $10 million expansion plan being announced today by founder and CEO Brett Martin and top officials of the N.C. Department of Commerce. Joining them at the announcement are state legislators, […]

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