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Piedmont Natural Gas has reached an interconnection agreement with Optima KV for construction of the natural gas lines to put swine-waste gas on Piedmont's system for use by Duke Energy at two of its plants.


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Working to Train New Technicians

January 4, 2017

Duplin Times

Diesel and Heavy Equipment students complete first semester at JSCC

Warsaw - With its first semester completed, the Diesel and Heavy Equipment technology program is working to help train technicians for the diesel trucking industry.

A ribon cutting was held recently for the $1.7 million facility at West Park.

Four years ago, Smithfield Hog Production, formerly Murphy Brown, approached James Sprunt Community College about forming a partnership to train technicians.

The goal was to address the changes in technology and provide a source of ongoing training for current technicians in a state-of-the-art classroom training environment.


Click here for full story from staff writer Jacqueline Hough of Duplin Times

Carbon Cycle Energy Breaks Ground on $100-Million Biogas Facility in North Carolina

December 14, 2016

The largest utility-scale biogas facility in the U.S., capable of transforming animal and food waste into enough clean energy to power 32,000 homes annually, will break ground on Dec. 15 near Warsaw, NC.

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United States Cold Storage to Create 50 Jobs in Duplin County

Monday, June 27, 2016

Raleigh, NC - Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skkvarla, III, and the Economic Development Parternship of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that United States Cold Storage, Inc. will create 50 jobs in Duplin County over the next five years as it expands its distirbution and warehouse operations there. The company plans to invest $21.6 million at its facility in Warsaw over time.

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Villari Brothers Foods Receives Building Reuse Grant

Kenansville, NC - The North Carolina Rural Infrastructure Authority announced that Villari Brothers Foods of Warsaw has been awarded a $106,218.10 grant from the Building Reuse Program to support the company's expansion.

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National Spinning to Add 50 Jobs in Beulaville

Kenansville, NC - North Carolina Governor Pat McCroy announced yesterday that National Spinning has committed to adding fifty new jobs to the textile company's plant in Beulaville over the next three years. The company will also invest $1.5 million in the facility over the same period.

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Small Business Center Network

The mission of the Small Business Center Network (SBCN) is to increase the success rate and the number of viable small businesses in North Carolina by providing high quality, readily accessible assistance to prospective and existing small business owners, which will lead to job creation and retention.

Located at each community college, the 58 Small Business Centers (SBCs) are community based providers of entrepreneurship training, confidential one-on-one business counseling, referral and information. This past year, the SBCN served clients in all 100 counties and our aim is to continue to provide direct economic impact throughout North Carolina and act as a force multiplier with our partners.

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James Sprunt Community College Celebrates 30 Years of Small Business Support


July 7, 2014

Kenansville, NC - The Small Business Center Network (SBCN) of NC Community College System is celebrating 30 years of providing support and assistance to small businesses and start-ups across North Carolina. Small Business Centers (SBCs) are located at each of the state's 58 community colleges, providing confidential business counseling and seminars to small business owners and entrepreneurs.

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Duke Energy commits $500 million to NorthCarolina solar power expansion

Duke Energy today announced a $500 million commitment to a major expansion of solar power in North Carolina. This culminates the company’s request for proposals (RFP) issued in February 2014 for new solar capacity. It will help Duke Energy further its commitment to renewable energy, diversify its energy portfolio and meet North Carolina’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Portfolio Standard (REPS). It also provides customers greater access to renewable energy in a cost-effective manner.

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Sewer Project Complete at Kenansville / Magnolia I-40 Exit


July 7, 2014

Kenansville, NC- A project to extend sewer service to NC 24 / NC 903 and Brinson Road along Exit 373 of Interstate 40 is now complete. Duplin County and the Town of Magnolia partnered on the project that allocates wastewater capacity of 60,000 gallons per day to the area.

The completion of the sewer line will enable the existing businesses along NC 24 / NC 903 to connect to sewer and will encourage additional growth along the exit. The Magnolia Marketplace has already laid lines to connect to the sewer, and residents along Brinson Road will also have the capability of connecting to sewer service. The county plans to market the available sewer at the exit for restaurants, hotels, and retail outlets and sees this as an opportunity to grow business along the interstate.

“The extension of sewer to Exit 373 will play a key part in developing the section of the Kenansville Bypass close to I-40” said James Wolfe, Executive Director for Economic Development for Duplin County. “We hope to see new restaurants, shopping, and possibly a hotel in that area in the near future. I think this type of development will not only benefit the towns of Kenansville and Magnolia, but will also help attract visitors to the Events Center. “

Funding for the $2.95 million dollar project came from Duplin County, a USDA Rural Development Loan, a USDA Rural Development Grant, a grant to the Town of Magnolia from the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center, and a Community Development Block Grant. The sewer system feeds into the Town of Magnolia’s collection system and will be treated by the town. Duplin County will pay the Town of Magnolia a bulk rate for the wastewater treatment.

USDA Grant & Loan Programs

USDA officials held a meeting on Friday, June 20th, at the Mad Board Restaurant in Wallace, NC. Information about available programs and services was the topic of discussion. With over 70 community leaders present, the presentation concluded with an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

Click here for full story from staff writer Jacqueline Hough of Duplin Times


NC Ports Authority Addresses Local Industry Leaders

Report by: Teresa Gates, Director of Public Information and Print Media for James Sprunt Community College

The initial meeting of "Developing Duplin" brought together local business and industry leaders on the James Sprunt Community College campus Tuesday evening August 6, 2013, for a presentation and discussion by the North Carolina State Ports Authority, representing the ports of Wilmington and Morehead City, in addition to its Charlotte and Piedmont Triad inland terminals. "Developing Duplin" is a series of meetings sponsored by JSCC through the Customized Training Program, and the Duplin County Economic Development Commission (DCEDC) with the purpose of providing information to existing business and industry, and initiation new ideas for the economic development of Duplin County.

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McIntyre Announces $1,150,000 in Economic Development Funds for Town of Faison

As reported in the Duplin Tims, US Congressman Mike McIntyre announced that the Town of Faison had received economic funds which will create 80 new jobs and retain 75 existing jobs. Total investment for the project is $2,285,000. Click here for full story.

Stone Truck Plans March Opening in Wallace

As reported in the Duplin Times by staff writer, Mike Staton, Stone Truck plans a March Opening in Wallace.


RALEIGH - Stone Truck Parts, an aftermarket truck parts distributor, is expanding its reach into southeastern North Carolina with its scheduled March opening of the branch on U.S. 117 in Wallace. The opening of the facility coincides with the company’s 10-year anniversary. Partners Don Purcell and Keith McLemore set a goal to create a strong, regional truck parts distributor that was locally owned and operated. “Because we had worked in this industry for decades, we realized there was a void of independent distributors who truly knew this area, this market and most importantly, the customers,” said Purcell. In addition to the Wallace store, Stone operates three other ranches in Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh (which also houses the company headquarters). Their customer base includes commercial fleets, independent repair garages, municipalities, refuse, and construction companies. The Wallace facility will operate out of the former Ford dealership at 716 N. Norwood Street. It’s expected to eventually employ up to 15 individuals.


Economic impact from Airport is $26M

As published in the Duplin Times, staff writer Ann Hunter reports the County's airport has an overall economic impact of more than $25 million. The airport currently receives $29,000 annually on sales tax from fuel and collects property tax on 23 aircraft based at the airport with a tax valu eof $13 mililion. The aiprot also supports the generation of state and local taxes from tenants and businesses using the airport with an estimated $159,000 in business sales tax, $120,000 in local property tax, $128,000 in state corporate and personal tax, and $81,000 in property tax on based aircraft.

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Poultry, hog house construction spurs tax base growth

Staff writer Michael Staton for the Duplin Times states that when compared to 2011, Duplin County's property tax base increased by 2.8 percent in 2012. This partly attributed to construction of new poultry and hog houses. From 2010 to 2011 the County saw an increase of below 1 percent. Although there seems to be an indication of slight growth, it is nothing like before the recession.

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Duplin County Remains a Tier 2 County

North Carolina Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco has announced the county economic "tier" designation for 2013. The state assigns ranking for counties in one of three tiers. The designations, which are mandated by state law, determine a variety of state funding opportunities to assist in economic development. According to the report, Duplin County will remain a tier 2 county.

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Two Area Companies Tagged by Business North Carolina Magazine as Top Small Business in the State for 2012

As published in the Duplin Times dated December 13, 2012, Johnson Nursery in Willard and Prima Tech in Kenansville received Business North Carolina magazine's top awards. In the Small Business of the Year competition, the magazine's editors selected eight finalists from 60 entries. Weathering the recession, both local companies continued to post healthy growth numbers with Johnson Nursery snagging the top honor and Prima Tech being one of the three runners up.

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North Carolina's Pilot Work Ready Program Reaches Halfway Point

The Work Ready program of North Carolina's Eastern Region has reached its halfway point.  All 13 counties are participating in a rigorous initiative aimed to align the region's workforce with industry needs and to ensure that workers possess the appropriate skills to be successful employees.  Several counties already have documented success.

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