News and Announcements

Amazon to Open New Delivery Station in Greater Wilmington, North Carolina

March 17, 2022
Company’s Investment is the Latest Addition to its North Carolina Presence March 17, 2022 (Wilmington, N.C.) – Amazon will build a new distribution center on 40 acres (16.2 hectares) at Pender Commerce Park, creating more than 100 full-time jobs offering starting wages of $15 an hour and comprehensive benefits beginning on the first day of employment. The 142,000-sq.-ft. facility is anticipated to be completed in 2023. It will serve the company’s growing customer base in Greater ... Continue Reading

MegaCorp Logistics Will Create 300 New Jobs as it Expands in Wilmington

March 9, 2022
March 8, 2022 (Wilmington, N.C.) – MegaCorp Logistics, one of America’s top freight brokerage firms, will launch an expansion to its Wilmington operations over the next five years, growing its workforce by 300 jobs, company officials announced today. “We have a presence and opportunity to expand in multiple markets, but our commitment to Wilmington is steadfast,” said Ryan Legg, MegaCorp’s Chief Executive Officer. “Our partnership with Wilmington Business Development specifically helped to reaffirm the decision and ... Continue Reading

Two Major Economic Development Projects Select ILM Business Park; Furthering Economic Investment and Growth

November 4, 2021
Wilmington, NC (November 4, 2021)— At a press event this morning, The Wilmington International Airport announced that two companies, CIL Capital, LLC and Edgewater Ventures, have each selected the ILM Business Park as the location of their strategic business investment and development. The ILM Business Park, which encompasses 140 acres on airport property, has foreign trade zone status, access to Customs, close proximity to major highways, rail, Port, and an airfield, and is minutes to ... Continue Reading


September 28, 2021
Provider of Software as a Service to Expand, Continue Local Investment September 28, 2021 (Wilmington, N.C.) – Vantaca LLC, an industry-leading cloud-based solution provider for association management companies, will add 104 employees to its existing 100-person Wilmington workforce, more than doubling its personnel as the fast-growing property technology company launches a $4.2 million expansion to its headquarters operation. Governor Roy Cooper announced the privately held company’s selection of Wilmington earlier today. North Carolina is one of ... Continue Reading


August 2, 2021
National Developer Investing Significantly in Port Regions August 2, 2021 (Wilmington, N.C.) – A commercial real estate developer plans to build a state-of-the-art cold storage facility at Pender Commerce Park. RealtyLink, a privately-held full-service real estate development company, will construct as much as 300,000-sq.-ft. of refrigerated warehouse space that will serve a third-party logistics tenant. Greater Wilmington is among five port regions where the Greenville, S.C.-based firm is building cold storage facilities. “We welcome this game-changing addition to ... Continue Reading

WBD Invitational Set to Break New Records

July 19, 2021
The WBD Membership Invitation -- the region’s foremost business golfing event –– is set for October 13th of this year. The tournament will be bigger than ever, taking place on both the River Course and the Landing Course at River Landing Country Club in Wallace. Coming off a year of COVID-related social distancing, participation at the 2021 Invitational has been full for weeks, with a record 72 teams confirmed to compete. First National Bank [NYSE: FNB], ... Continue Reading

ARP Funds to Support Water and Wastewater Service at Blue Clay Business Park

The nation’s American Rescue Plan (ARP), which distributes $1.9 trillion in pandemic economic relief across the country, is set to fund important infrastructure at an emerging industrial property in New Hanover County. The 120-acre Blue Clay Business Park will obtain $3.6 million in water and sewer infrastructure funding. The sum is part of a $45.4 million tranche of ARP money New Hanover County, which owns the site, is expected to receive from the federal government. The rail-served ... Continue Reading

Pacon Expands into New Hanover County

In April 2019, when Governor Roy Cooper announced that New Jersey-based Pacon Manufacturing Corporation would be opening a 300-job production site in Navassa, the news was greeted as a win for the region. WBD had worked closely with officials of the medical supplies manufacturer prior to their decision to transform the town’s U.S. Marine Building on Quality Drive into a manufacturing hub for wipes, pads, towels, drapes, liquids and related products for the healthcare market. Since ... Continue Reading


March 31, 2021
WILMINGTON, N.C. (March 30, 2021) – Edgewater Ventures, in partnership with McKinley Building Corporation, announces the development of Wilmington Trade Center, a three-building Class A industrial development that will total 425,000 square feet upon completion.  Construction is underway on Building 1, a 157,610 square foot state-of-the-art facility that will feature tilt-up concrete construction with extensive glass lines, 32’ clear height, an ESFR sprinkler system, and a 180’ deep truck court.  Building 1 is slated to ... Continue Reading

Cardinal Foods to Invest $26 Million in Burgaw, Becoming One of the Largest Sweet Potato Fry Production Facilities in the World

February 17, 2021
February 17, 2021 (Wilmington, N.C.) -- Cardinal Foods LLC, a Burgaw-based food processor, announced today significant plans to expand its facility and services in Pender County. The company currently provides growers across the eastern US with solutions for fruit and vegetable processing, marketing and distribution. Company plans call for expanded capacity to better serve blueberry, sweet potato and butternut squash growers from Florida to New Jersey, providing the largest benefit to North Carolina growers. An additional ... Continue Reading