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  • Columbus County Prepares to Host Another Chinese Delegation

    WHITEVILLE, NC (WECT) – Government and business leaders in Columbus County are preparing for another visit from Chinese officials, hoping the relationship will lead to investment and job growth in the county. 

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  • Second Chinese Delegation Pays Columbus County a Visit

    Columbus County officials and business owners opened the door to what they hope will lead to future economic development this week in hosting a delegation of government and business leaders from Zhaoyuan, China.

    On a busy tour of the county Tuesday, Chinese officials were welcomed… Readmore Btn

  • Incentives Approved for Black’s Tire, National Spinning

    Columbus County Commissioners approved two incentive packages this week for existing industry in the county.

    Gary Lanier, economic development director for the county, sought and received approval of a $30,590 grant for Black’s Tire Service Warehouse and Distribution Operati… Readmore Btn

  • Southeast Regional Park Receives Primus/Garner Certified Food Site Designation

    The 158 acre Southeast Regional Park located in Columbus County, NC, has received the Primus/Garner Certified Food Site designation.  Gary Lanier, director of economic development for Columbus County stated, "We are very excited to have been able to cert… Readmore Btn

  • Growth Intensifies for Southeast’s Consumer Foods Cluster

    The arrival two years ago of Colorado-based Steven Roberts Original Desserts highlighted Southeastern North Carolina’s appeal to companies in the consumer foods industry. Since then, the region has built on this momentum. The recent selection by fast-growing Trinity Frozen Foods, LL… Readmore Btn

  • Columbus County's Industrial Park Named Certified Food Site

    There is plenty of land ready for companies to build on in Columbus County, but county leaders believe they have a unique advantage now at the Southeast Regional Industrial Park to help bring in new jobs.

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  • County Looking to Lure Firms with Certification, Agriculture

    Columbus County ranks in the top 20 of counties in North Carolina for total cash receipts from farm income.

    Nearly $166 million in cash receipts from farm income flowed into the county in 2011 (ranked 15th in farm income that year), according to the stateR… Readmore Btn

  • Southeastern Partnership, New Economic Development Group, Will Emphasize Private-Public Partnership

    ELIZABETHTOWN - Transitioning to a public-private partnership is the best way to direct business and industry to southeastern North Carolina, say leaders of a newly formed economic development group.

    The Southeastern Partnership will assume all operations of the S… Readmore Btn

  • North Carolina's Southeast Launches Transition To Public-Private Partnership Model

    Regional Economic Development Marketing and Leadership to Continue for Southeast Region

    Elizabethtown, N.C. – November 5, 2013. Business leaders from across southeastern North Carolina have taken the lead in sustaining the mission … Readmore Btn

  • Company Keeping Up in Changing Textile World

    A textile mill, tucked quietly away on the outskirts of Whiteville defies the notion that the textile industry is dead in North Carolina. 

    In fact, National Spinning is running three shifts, employs about 250 full time employees (it once had dropped to about 220) and plans to… Readmore Btn

  • MaXPro to Gradually Increase Production

    A window tint manufacturing firm that announced late last year it was purchasing a shell building (vacant for 12 years in Columbus County’s Southeast Regional Park) is making progress toward full production.

    A recent test first production run for MaXPro “went perfectly… Readmore Btn

  • Secretary of Commerce Visits County

    State Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker met with local government and business officials Wednesday at Southeastern Community College in a business forum.

    Decker, who has lived in Rutherford County for the last 13 years, said she understands rural communities with double-digit un… Readmore Btn

  • Officials, Business Owners Talk Tourism

    NC Secretary of Commerce Sharon Decker spoke with elected officials and business owners Wednesday at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.

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  • Made in NC: New Uses for an Old Standby – the Sweet Potato

    — For decades, Americans mainly consumed sweet potatoes in casseroles flowing with butter and marshmallows on Thanksgiving and Christmas. But in recent years this mainstay of North Carolina agriculture has charted new territories – on res… Readmore Btn

  • MaXPro Films Manufacturing Up and Running

    In light of the opening of Maxpro Inc.’s new manufacturing line in Whiteville, N.C., company president Joe Cobbe sat down with Window Film magazine for an exclusive discussion about the plant as well as the vis… Readmore Btn

  • Columbus County (NC) EDC Selects Primus/Garner to conduct Food Site Certification of the Southeast Regional Park

    Gary Lanier, Director of the Columbus County Economic Development Commission, announced today that the County Commission has selected the joint venture of Primus Builder’s and Garner Economics to conduct a shovel ready site analysis of the Southeast Regional Park for… Readmore Btn

  • Vinyl Building Products Extruder Ply Gem Investing $15 Million to Expand in North Carolina

    CARY, N.C. -- Vinyl building products major Ply Gem Industries Inc. plans to expand its Fair Bluff, N.C., plant to the tune of $15.5 million over the next three years.

    The expansion was announced April 10 by state officials who claim the project will add 145 jobs to Ply Gem's Fair… Readmore Btn

  • Columbus County's Kroy Building Products to Add 145 Jobs With $15.5 Million Expansion

    FAIR BLUFF - Manufacturing in this town's only industry is expected to explode over the next three years, with 145 new jobs fueled by a $15.5 million investment announced Wednesday for Kroy Building Products.

    Kroy is a division of Cary-based Ply Gem Industries, wh… Readmore Btn

  • Ply Gem Expands in Columbus County

    FAIR BLUFF | Building products maker Ply Gem Industries will expand its North Carolina operations, creating 145 jobs and investing $15.5 million over the next three years in Fair Bluff, Gov. Pat McCrory announced Wednesday.

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  • Grant to Columbus County to Aid Manufacturer's Expansion

    RALEIGH -- The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center announces a grant of $194,504 to Columbus County. The grant will support building renovations for the expansion of Ply Gem Industries' manufacturing facility in Fair Bluff.

    Under the grant, the company has committed to creating… Readmore Btn

  • Ply Gem Industries Invests $15.5 Million To Expand Its Fair Bluff, North Carolina, Manufacturing Facilities

    Ply Gem Industries, a manufacturer of building products, will expand its operations in Columbus County. The company plans to create 145 jobs and invest $15.5 million over the next three years in Fair Bluff… Readmore Btn

  • Kroy to Add 127 New Jobs in Fair Bluff

    Kroy Building Products in Fair Bluff will see a major expansion over the next three years.

    Gov. Pat McCrory’s announcement said that 145 new jobs would be created; 127 of those jobs are expected to be at the Fair Bluff facility with the remainder at corporate headquarters in… Readmore Btn

  • Ply Gem Industries Heads to Fair Bluff, Brings 145 Jobs

    COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Nearly 150 new jobs will be coming to Columbus County over the next three years.

    Governor Pat McCrory and NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced Wednesday Ply Gem… Readmore Btn

  • Ply Gem to Bring 145 Jobs to Fair Bluff

    RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -- Gov. Pat McCrory and NC Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Ply Gem Industries, a manufacturer of building products, will expand its operations in Columbus County.  The company plans to create 145 jobs and invest $15.5 million over the … Readmore Btn

  • MaXPro Plans for Production Start-up

    A window tint manufacturing firm that announced late last year it was purchasing a shell building (vacant 12 years in Columbus County’s Southeast Regional Park) could be in full production by May.

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