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N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority Approves Fourth Round Of Local Grants PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 June 2014 09:53

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Five local governments are set to receive $1.4 million in water and sewer grants from the North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority.

 
Recipients are Granville County, the Town of Faison, and the cities of Cherryville, , Greenville and Lumberton.
 
Project details are below, courtesy of the state Department of Commerce. 
 
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) approved:
* Town of Faison (Duplin County): $240,000 to construct 11,600 linear feet of 10 inch distribution lines and a 500,000 gallon elevated water storage tank to allow Southern Produce Distributors to construct a new 90,000-square-foot warehouse that will be used to store sweet potatoes and sweet potato processed products on NC Highway 403.  The company packs and ships three million bushels of sweet potatoes annually to U.S., Canadian, and European customers.  The company has committed to create 20 new, full-time jobs. 
 
The CDBG is a U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that provides an annual allocation of funds to the state for rural economic development and residential infrastructure projects. DENR administers the rural residential infrastructure program and the N.C. Department of Commerce administers the economic development program. CDBG economic development provides grants to local governments for creating and retaining jobs. Funding for projects is based on the number of jobs to be created and the level of distress in the community applying for the funds.
 
 
Building Reuse Program grants/loans approved:
 
* City of Cherryville (Gaston County): $300,000 to support the expansion of a 30,200-square-foot building located at 111 Harrilson Road.  The building was constructed in 1978.  Carolina Care Center, an elder care facility, will add 22,000-square-feet of new construction to the existing building.  The expansion will add 24 new, private units to the facility.  The company has committed to creating 30 new, full time jobs with the expansion.
 
* Granville County:  $150,000 to support the reuse of a 240,000-square-foot building at 200 East 20th Street in Butner. The building dating back to 1955 has been vacant for seven years. Product Recovery Management (PRM, Inc.) will locate in the building. The company is a manufacturer of environmental remediation and landfill gas equipment and will create 15 new, full-time jobs.
 
 * City of Greenville (Pitt County):  $210,000 to support the reuse of an 18,000-square-foot building located at 967 Woodbridge Park Road. The building was constructed in 2005 and has been vacant for eight years. Purilum, LLC, a start-up joint venture between Alliance One Specialty Products and IOTO USA, will locate in the building with a goal of becoming a leader in the e-liquids filling and manufacturing industry for e-cigarettes. The company has plans to offer flavorings for other products including food and beverages in the future. The company committed to creating 21 new, full-time jobs.
 
* City of Lumberton (Robeson County):  $500,000 to support the renovation of a 605,242-square-foot building located at 300 West 27th Street.  The building was constructed in 1952. Southeastern Health, in collaboration with Campbell University, plans to start residency programs in the following disciplines: Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Psychiatry, Traditional Rotating Internship and Orthopedic Surgery. The company has committed to creating 50 new, full-time jobs.
 
 The Building Reuse Program will provide grants/loans to local governments to support the reuse of vacant buildings and/or expand rural healthcare facilities that will lead to the creation of new, full-time jobs.
Last Updated on Monday, 23 June 2014 09:53
 
Jobs Watch: Advance Auto Parts To Create 600 Jobs In Wake County PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 20 June 2014 13:54

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Advance Auto Parts will locate a corporate support center in Wake County, resulting in the creation of  600 jobs in Raleigh by the end of 2017. The company's investment is expected to top $5 million. 

 
“We are pleased to partner with North Carolina and we are delighted that Raleigh, along with Roanoke, VA, will be part of our effort to organize our corporate operations around two Store Support Centers in the Southeastern United States.  These locations will play an important role in our efforts to serve our customers, drive profitable growth and support the needs of the communities in which we operate,” said Darren R. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Advance Auto Parts, in a statement about the company's plans.
 
The positions that will be based in the Raleigh Support Center include corporate functions related to merchandising, marketing, supply chain and commercial sales.  The compensation for these positions is higher than the average annual wage in Wake County.  Compensation for the new positions will vary by job function, but the average total compensation will be approximately $110,000 plus benefits. 
 
 The project was made possible in part by an award to Advance from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee.  Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements. JDIGs are awarded only to new and expanding businesses and industrial projects whose benefits exceed the costs to the state, and which would not be undertaken in North Carolina without the grant.   
 
Under the terms of the company’s JDIG award, Advance is eligible to receive up to twelve annual grants equal to 75 percent of the state personal income tax withholdings from the eligible new jobs created since the date of the initial award.  Receipt of each annual grant is based on state-certified proof that the company has fulfilled incremental job creation requirements. Over twelve years, the JDIG award could yield aggregate benefits to Advance of over $17.4 million. 
 
Other partners who assisted with this announcement include: The N.C. Department of Commerce, NC Community College System, NC Works, Wake County, City of Raleigh, and Wake County Economic Development. 
Last Updated on Friday, 20 June 2014 13:54
 
Gov. McCrory's Statement On Ammonia Spill In Tar Heel PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:24

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Upon learning of an ammonia spill in Tar Heel on Tuesday that forced the evacuation of a Smithfield Foods plan in the Bladen County town, Gov. Pat McCrory released the following statement.

 
“The state emergency response team was on the scene shortly after the incident occurred to assist local first responders, and I called Mayor Roy Dew to offer any support his community may need. 
 
We’re thankful there were no serious injuries at the plant, and we will continue to work with local authorities and the state Department of Labor during the upcoming investigation into this accident.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 17 June 2014 17:24
 
Jobs Watch: Canadian Manufacturer Expanding In Burke County PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 16 June 2014 15:07

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - More than 200 jobs are coming to Burke County, thanks to expansion by Richelieu Legwear International Inc. (Richelieu Legwear). The company will invest $16 million in a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility resulting in the creation of 205 new jobs in Hildebran by the end of 2018. 

 
Average annual salary will near $38,000 plus benefits, much higher than Burke County's annual average of  $32,834.    
 
“Western North Carolina continues to be a top choice for international companies looking to establish and expand advanced manufacturing facilities,” said Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker in a statement. “This is an important show of support for rural North Carolina.”
 
The company is a leading provider of legwear products to Walmart and other major retailers in the U.S., Canada and internationally under the brand names Peds, MediPeds and Growing Socks. Employees at the new facility will manufacture socks and will be supported by a long-term commitment from the company’s leading customer, Walmart. 
 
“We were fortunate to have had access to a skilled North Carolina workforce in 2011 that has contributed to our success, and are excited about building upon this strong foundation with new additions to our team,” said Richelieu president Michael Penner in the announcement. “The decision to invest in North Carolina was a direct result of the support provided by the state that is enabling us to attract, train and retain a highly qualified workforce.  The state grant is just one example of our good working relationship with Governor McCrory and his Commerce team to the benefit of North Carolinians.”
 
The project is made possible in part by an award to Richelieu Legwear from the state Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) program, as voted by the state Economic Investment Committee.  Receipt of the award is based on proof of job creation and other performance requirements. JDIGs are awarded only to new and expanding businesses and industrial projects whose benefits exceed the costs to the state, and which would not be undertaken in North Carolina without the grant.   
 
Under the terms of the company’s JDIG award, Richelieu Legwear is eligible to receive up to twelve annual grants equal to 75 percent of the state personal income tax withholdings from the eligible new jobs created since the date of the initial award.  Receipt of each annual grant is based on state-certified proof that the company has fulfilled incremental job creation requirements. Over twelve years, the JDIG award could yield aggregate benefits to Richelieu Legwear of $2.9 million. 
Last Updated on Monday, 16 June 2014 15:08
 
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