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Former Fayetteville Mayor Sued For Marriage Breakup PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 15 July 2016 14:08
A trial in the alienation of affection lawsuit against former Fayetteville Mayor Marshall B. Pitts Jr. was scheduled to start this month but has been postponed.
The trial is to decide whether Pitts broke up a marriage. It's tentatively scheduled for Nov. 7 in Wilson, a Superior Court judicial assistant said Wednesday. It had been scheduled to start July 25.
The case was delayed because Pitts' lawyer, James E. Hairston Jr., had a scheduling conflict with a federal trial, the assistant said
Walmart's Mebane Warehouse Will Employ 550 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 12:23
Governor Pat McCrory helped open a new $100 million Walmart Distribution Center in Mebane that will create 550 jobs. In December 2013, Governor McCrory announced the distribution center’s plans to create 450 jobs. At today’s grand opening, the governor, local officials and others celebrated Walmart’s plans to exceed those initial job projections.
“Walmart’s announcement that it is exceeding its initial job creation estimates shows that North Carolina has the workforce companies need and the infrastructure and business climate to compete,” said Governor McCrory. “This is more evidence that North Carolina’s economy is strong.”
The Mebane Walmart Distribution Center will be used to supply and distribute perishable food products for more than 55 Walmart stores in North Carolina and Virginia. This particular distribution center will be the company’s fourth distribution facility in North Carolina.
Throughout the ceremony, Governor McCrory and local officials emphasized the economic growth and career opportunities that will be brought to the area by the new distribution center.
Under Governor McCrory’s leadership, North Carolina has one of the fastest growing economies in the nation. Since 2013, unemployment is down in all 100 counties and the private sector has added more than 275,000 jobs.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 July 2016 12:26
Healthcare Training Company Planning To Bring 450 Jobs To Wake County PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 12 July 2016 13:21
Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that Relias Learning LLC will add more than 450 jobs over the coming five years in Wake County. The company plans to invest $4.5 million at its location in the Town of Cary through the end of 2020.
“North Carolina and Relias Learning share a common commitment to innovation in lifelong learning,” said Governor McCrory. “Our tech-savvy workforce, engaged community colleges and universities, and unmatched quality of life help connect companies like Relias to their long-range business objectives.”
Relias Learning is the leading provider of training, education and professional development for healthcare professionals and organizations.  Founded in 2002, the Cary-based company offers online training to more than 5,000 organizations and 3 million individuals in the United States and has recently expanded to offer its services in the UK and Germany.
“Since moving to Cary in 2012, Relias Learning’s staff has grown twenty-fold and we now have almost 300 Relians here at our company headquarters” explained Jim Triandiflou, CEO of Relias Learning.  “Our people and the culture they have helped build are the leading drivers of our success and this grant will be instrumental to our continued growth and expansion plans."
Relias Learning’s expansion will contribute approximately $39 million to the triangle’s economy. The new positions will include R&D personnel, sales and marketing professionals, and administrative staff.  
“This significant expansion by Relias Learning underscores the value of North Carolina’s strong support for our existing businesses,” said Secretary Skvarla. “In helping companies like Relias address their strategic expansion goals, North Carolina facilitates the job growth that makes our economy one of the best-performing in the nation.”
Relias Learning’s expansion will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee today. Under the terms of the company’s JDIG, Relias is eligible to receive up to $5.36 million in total reimbursements. Payments will occur in annual installments over 12 years pending verification by NC Commerce and NC Revenue that the company has met incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIGs reimburse new and expanding companies a portion of the newly created tax-base with the goal of increasing the overall tax benefit to the State of North Carolina. The state reimbursement is contingent upon local participation from the Town of Cary and/or Wake County.
By law, JDIG projects must result in a net revenue inflow to the state treasury over the life of the award. For projects in Tier 3 counties such as Wake County, 25 percent of the eligible grant is directed to the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account to help finance economic infrastructure in less populated counties. The expansion by Relias Learning could provide as much as $1.79 million in new funds for the Utility Account. More information on county tier designations is available here.
“Congratulations to Relias Learning for the remarkable growth that has led to this expansion,” said N.C. Senator Tamara Barringer “I appreciate the company’s decision to undertake its latest expansion in our community.”
“The Town of Cary and the State of North Carolina are enthusiastic partners of Relias Learning as it takes its business and workforce to the next level,” said N.C. Representative Duane Hall.
Since Governor McCrory took office in January of 2013, North Carolina’s economy has created nearly 280,000 net new private sectors jobs.
Several partners joined N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC in supporting Relias Learning’s expansion. They include the Cary Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Cary, Wake County, Wake County Economic Development and Capital Area Workforce Development.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 July 2016 13:25
B&G Foods Snacks to Expand Operations and Increase Workforce in Yadkin County PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 July 2016 10:05
B&G Foods Snacks will create 58 jobs over the next three years as it expands its bakery operations in Yadkin County. The company plans to invest $7.6 million at its Yadkinville facility over that time.
“Our strong infrastructure, convenient access to millions of North American consumers and competitive costs make North Carolina the ideal location for companies like B&G Foods,” said Governor Pat McCrory. “B&G Foods produces some of the nation’s most popular brands and is a prominent name in our food and beverage manufacturing industry.”
B&G Foods Snacks is a subsidiary of publicly-held B&G Foods, Inc. (NYSE: BGS), based in Parsippany, N.J.  The company manufactures and distributes a range of packaged food products across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Its popular brands include Green Giant®, Ortega®, Mrs. Dash®, Cream of Wheat®, Pirate’s Booty® and many others.   In Yadkinville, B&G Foods Snacks manufactures New York Style® and Old London® products and will integrate manufacturing of Mama Mary’s® pizza crusts as part of this expansion. 
“North Carolina is the #1 state in the Southeast for manufacturing employment, and that includes the 62,000 workers who make our food and beverage manufacturing industry a global player,” said Commerce Secretary John Skvarla. “North Carolina is a state where companies and people make things, and that includes good food.”
B&G Foods Snacks has operated its Yadkinville facility since 2012. The company currently employs 172 locally, before this expansion. The new jobs will add nearly $1.6 million to B&G Foods Snacks’ annual payroll in Yadkinville
“As we evaluated options for the growth of our manufacturing operations, Yadkin County and the State of North Carolina stood out as the ideal partners, both in terms of their longstanding support to date and their commitment to our future growth,” said Robert C. Cantwell, president and CEO of B&G Foods. “Our employees throughout the country, and here in Yadkinville, are some of the most dedicated in the business. Each employee in this facility is a testament to the hardworking culture of the region, and we are thrilled to be adding more local employees that embody that same drive and commitment to excellence.”
The expansion was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $105,000 from The One North Carolina Fund (One NC). One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. One NC grants also require and are contingent on financial matches from local governments. 
“B&G Foods Snacks is a valued member of Yadkin County’s business community, and I welcome their continued growth and expansion,” said N.C. Senator Joyce Krawiec. “Congratulations to our economic development team for its success in bringing us this project.”
“This exciting announcement means new jobs and investment are coming to our community,” said N.C. Representative Lee Zachary. “B&G Foods’ selection of Yadkin County for this expansion says all the right things about the quality of our workforce and leadership.”
Numerous state and local allies worked with EDPNC and N.C. Commerce in supporting B&G Foods Snacks’ expansion. They include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Yadkin County and the Yadkin County Economic Development Partnership.

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