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NORTH CAROLINA PORTS, ZIM PARTNERSHIP TO PROVIDE UNPRECEDENTED ACCESS TO SOUTHEAST ASIA

MARCH 20, 2017 Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is pleased to announce a new partnership with ZIM Integrated Shipping Ltd. The container carrier recently added the Port of Wilmington to its Z7S all-water Asia-U.S. East Coast service rotation. This weekly service will begin calling on the port in June and provides unprecedented access to […]

NORTH CAROLINA PORTS ATTRACTS ADDITIONAL TRANSPACIFIC CONTAINER SERVICE

MARCH 14, 2017 Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is pleased to announce a new partnership with THE Alliance with the addition of the EC2 all-water Asia-U.S. East Coast container service. This weekly service will begin calling on the Port of Wilmington in May and touts some of the largest vessels that will consistently come […]

NORTH CAROLINA PORTS ADDS ANOTHER TRANSATLANTIC SERVICE

FEBRUARY 23, 2017  Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is pleased to announce another new partnership with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk Line with the addition of the TA2/NEUATL2 Europe-U.S. East Coast container service. The enhanced TA2/NEUATL2 service will provide unprecedented access between Bremerhaven, Felixstowe, Le Harve and Wilmington, North Carolina. “An optimized transatlantic […]

Container rail service to Port of Wilmington could start in March

By Tim Buckland StarNews Staff SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — The “Queen City Express,” delivering freight directly from the Port of Wilmington to a transportation hub in Charlotte, could begin in early March, officials said. “That’s what we’re targeting for,” said Paul Worley, director of the N.C. Rail Division. The weekly run of freight cars was announced […]

Wilmington International Airport Has Record Year

Posted on January 10, 2017 by flyilm Passenger Count Highest Since 2010 The Wilmington International Airport (ILM) served 817,896 passengers in 2016; setting a new record.  When compared to 2015, passenger enplanements were up 6.6% (25,365) and deplanements were up 5.9% (22,722) year over year.  The prior record for total passengers served was back in […]

INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTMENTS CONTINUE AT NORTH CAROLINA PORTS, ADDITIONAL CRANES

JANUARY 9, 2017 Wilmington, N.C. – As part of its ongoing infrastructure investment plan, North Carolina Ports has ordered two New Panamax ship-to-shore cranes with an option to purchase two more from designer Shanghai Zhenjua Heavy Industry Co., Ltd. (ZPMC). Counting the new cranes and options, the Port of Wilmington will potentially feature a total […]

ENVIVA BEGINS EXPORTS AT PORT OF WILMINGTON

DECEMBER 22, 2016 Wilmington, N.C. – The Enviva wood pellet domes at the Port of Wilmington are operational and loading the first export shipment to Europe this week. The Enviva terminal, which includes two storage domes that can hold up to 45,000 metric tons of wood pellets each, is estimated to have a total impact […]

Jobs Up, Unemployment Rate Down in Greater Wilmington

Recent employment figures show a regional economy that is now surpassing its performance prior to the “Great Recession.” Figures released by the N.C. Department of Commerce for September 2016 put the Wilmington MSA’s unemployment rate at 4.5% — below the 4.7% rate for North Carolina overall and the 5% weighted national average that month. But […]

Chelsea Ash Receives Corning-WBD STEM Teaching Award

Chelsea Ash, a science teacher at Heidi Trask High School in Pender County, is the winner of the Corning-WBD Award for Excellence in STEM Teaching for 2016. Bob Trapp, Engineering Standards Manager at Corning Incorporated, presented the award at WBD’s annual membership meeting on October 11th. “In the classroom, [Ash] uses history and literature to […]

Manufacturing’s Outsized Impact

Since its founding in 1956, WBD has pursued diversification as a central theme in its economic development strategy. The vision has been a winner, with our region’s economy featuring a balanced blend of finance, logistics, headquarters, biotech, retail, healthcare and other industries. Like North Carolina as a whole, manufacturing has long been at the heart […]

Annual Meeting Celebrates WBD at 60

About 170 members, allies and special guests gathered on October 11th to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the founding of Wilmington Business Development. The event, held in conjunction with the organization’s annual membership meeting, took place this year at the Louise Wells Cameron Art Museum. “This year marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of […]

Port of Wilmington Cold Storage Offers Ag Industry Many Benefits as First In-Port Cold Storage Facility in North Carolina

Press Release provided by Talk, Inc. Wilmington, N.C. – The temperatures inside Port of Wilmington Cold Storage (PWCS) may be below freezing, but the demand for cold storage in North Carolina is red hot. PWCS is a new, 101,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse used to maintain specific temperatures for the storage of perishable goods, such as […]

PORT OF WILMINGTON TOUTS NEW ASIA CONTAINER SERVICE CONNECTION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 31, 2016 INFORMATION: Cliff Pyron Senior Manager, External Affairs (910) 343-6492 cliff.pyron@ncports.com   PORT OF WILMINGTON TOUTS NEW ASIA CONTAINER SERVICE CONNECTION Wilmington, N.C. – North Carolina Ports is pleased to announce a new partnership with Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and Maersk Line with the addition of the TP10/Amberjack all-water Asia-U.S. […]

Four County EMC Wins First-Ever WBD Ally of the Year Award

Four County Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) has been named 2016 Ally of the Year by Wilmington Business Development (WBD). The first-ever award from WBD is co-sponsored by Cameron Management Company. “The Ally of the Year Award showcases the exceptional leadership behind our region’s economic development success,” said Scott Satterfield, WBD’s chief executive officer. Satterfield presented […]

Wilmington region sees high job growth

Southeastern North Carolina counties net high percentages of job creation. By Ashley Morris StarNews Staff SOUTHEASTERN, N.C. — Terry Greenlaw relocated from Atlanta to Wilmington last year to serve as the chief technology officer at CastleBranch. He brought his family with him. And he brought four other colleagues with him to Wilmington. The gig at […]

Local area included in expanded foreign trade zone

Tuesday, September 20th 2016, 10:00 am EDTTuesday, September 20th 2016, 10:00 am EDTBy: WECT StaffEmail Connectnewsroom@wect.com Southeastern North Carolina has received approval to expand Foreign-Trade Zone 214, Governor Pat McCrory announced Tuesday. (Source: WECT) SOUTHEASTERN NORTH CAROLINA (WECT) – Southeastern North Carolina has received approval to expand Foreign-Trade Zone 214, Governor Pat McCrory announced Tuesday […]

NORTH CAROLINA PORTS COMPLETES TURNING BASIN PROJECT, WELCOMES 8,200 TEU VESSEL TO WILMINGTON

Wilmington, N.C. – As part of its ongoing infrastructure investment plan, North Carolina Ports has completed the expansion project of its turning basin at the Port of Wilmington. The expansion allows the port to accommodate post-Panamax vessels with a length of 1,150 feet (350.52 meters) and a breadth of 158 feet (48.16 meters). On August […]

North Carolina Ports Welcomes Largest-Ever Containership to the Port of Wilmington

Wilmington, N.C. – Building upon Governor Pat McCrory’s efforts to increase trade and promote economic growth at our state ports, North Carolina officials welcomed the largest containership to visit the Port of Wilmington. The Hanjin Baltimore, measuring 984 feet in length and 140 feet in width, is the first of many post-Panamax vessels to be […]

New Direct Intermodal Rail Service to Connect Port of Wilmington and Charlotte

New Direct Intermodal Rail Service to Connect Port of Wilmington and Charlotte Wilmington, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory joined officials from the N.C. Transportation Department and CSX Corporation today at the Port of Wilmington to announce the debut of the new Queen City Express, an intermodal rail service between the Port of Wilmington and CSX’s […]

Empire Distributors Breaks Ground at Pender Commerce Park

Empire Distributors of North Carolina broke ground on its approximately 175,000-sq.-ft. distribution facility in March, setting the stage for a state-of-the-art facility that will be operating later this year. “We want to be in the building by October and operational soon thereafter,” says Jay McGrady, plant manager for Empire Distributors, which distributes beer, wine and […]

AAI Becomes Alcami, Nears Groundbreaking on Expansion

Just six months ago, AAI and its sister company Cambridge Major Labs (CML) announced a $20 million expansion to its lab and headquarters operations in Wilmington. Today, as that initiative moves forward, the global contract development and manufacturing organization has emerged with a new brand identity and name: Alcami. AAI, whose presence in Wilmington reached […]

Momentum Builds for Infrastructure Initiative Along Highway 421

The March 15th passage by North Carolina voters of a $2 billion bond package could help facilitate the construction of water and wastewater service along U.S. Highway 421, a key industrial corridor with lucrative job-creation potential. While New Hanover County is not directly eligible for “Connect NC” funds, the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority (CFPUA) […]

14th Annual Membership Invitational Draws 48 Teams

The 14th Annual Verizon Invitational drew 48 teams, a new record for the golf event. Some 144 players gathered at River Landing on May 18th to show their support for economic development in the region. In addition to raising funds to support WBD’s global marketing and promotional mission, the event provides valuable opportunities for informal […]

AT&T Expands Access to Gigabit Speeds to more Businesses in 20 North Carolina Markets

RALEIGH, N.C., June 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — AT&T1 is bringing gigabit internet speeds to even more businesses in 20 North Carolina markets. With AT&T Business Fiber, businesses can download and upload up 1 gigabit per second (Gbps).2 It’s now available in these markets: • Apex • Davidson • Knightdale • Asheville • Garner • Morrisville • Burlington […]

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