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State Offers $5,000 Reward In Wayne County Murder PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 10:44
The State of North Carolina is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Floyd Anthony “Andy” Evans, 65 years old.
 
On June 16, 2018, Floyd Anthony “Andy” Evans was found dead in a garage located on Evans Farm Road in Fremont, North Carolina. Upon arrival, Wayne County Deputies discovered Mr. Evans deceased, with a gunshot wound to the head.
 
Anyone having information concerning this case should contact the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office tip line at 919-705-1862, the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office at 919-731-1480, Goldsboro Wayne County Crime Stoppers at 919-735-2255 or by text to 919-222-4230, or the State Bureau of Investigation at 919-662-4500.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2018 10:58
 
Booz Allen Hamilton To Add 208 Jobs At Cumberland County Expansion PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 09:47
Booz Allen Hamilton (boozallen.com), a management and technology consulting firm, will expand its current operations in Cumberland County, creating 208 new jobs over five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company expects to invest more than $5 million in the project by the end of 2020.
 
“Booz Allen Hamilton is expanding here thanks to Cumberland County’s workforce, which is strengthened by the military spouses and veterans who live and work around Fort Bragg and surrounding bases,” said Governor Cooper. “The majority of these new jobs will be IT focused, and Booz Allen knows we have the IT talent and training resources to deliver so they can continue tackling the complex military, business and government challenges of today and the future.”
 
The project includes two phases. In the first phase, Booz Allen plans to expand its footprint in Fayetteville. In phase two, Booz Allen will look to expand or relocate within Cumberland County to accommodate the continued growth in the area.
 
“We look forward to supporting our clients with the diverse and talented workforce in and around Cumberland County,” said Joseph Dodd, Vice President at Booz Allen. “In addition to a strong business community, Fayetteville’s proximity to Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune provides an important access point to an exciting talent pipeline of military spouses with diverse skillsets, as well as veterans who are transitioning from the military and seeking high-impact, mission-focused careers.”  
 
Booz Allen will add a variety of job functions with this project, the majority focused on technology, including data scientists, information security experts, machine learning specialists, software developers, software testers, IT engineers and architects, systems engineers and training designers. Salaries for the new employees will vary by position and experience. Once all positions are filled, the annual payroll impact will be $12.7 million.
 
“The jobs Booz Allen is creating in Cumberland County support our military, business and government agencies and offer opportunities in technology fields to local talent, including veterans,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “North Carolina’s strong military presence and available skilled talent were the key considerations for Booz Allen’s choice to expand here.” 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s selection in cooperation with the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation.
 
Booz Allen’s growth in Cumberland County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. Over the course of the 12-year term of this grant, the project will grow the state’s economy by an estimated $213 million. Using a formula that accounts for the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $1,803,600 spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the Departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.
 
Because Booz Allen chose to locate in Cumberland County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $200,400 in new tax revenue generated through the grant into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even when new jobs are created in a Tier 2 county such as Cumberland, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities throughout the state.  More information on the state’s economic tier designations is available here.
 
“The creation of these high-quality jobs confirms our status as a defense and innovation hub and brings important new career opportunities to our community,” said Fayetteville Mayor Mitch Colvin.
 
"We’re excited to have Booz Allen expanding in Cumberland County,” said Cumberland County Commissioner Chairman Larry Lancaster. “This is a great example of how supporting our local businesses leads to new jobs for our citizens. We look forward to building on this momentum.”
 
“Booz Allen’s decision to bring these jobs to Cumberland County strengthens the partnership we’ve had with the company and sets us both up for success for many years to come,” said N.C. Senator Wesley Meredith.
 
“Cumberland County is home to some of the finest talent, with veterans and military spouses who bring diverse skillsets and want to do work that matters,” said N.C. Senator Ben Clark. “The jobs Booz Allen is creating will offer our citizens opportunities for fulfilling, rewarding careers.” 
 
“I am proud to welcome the new jobs Booz Allen will bring to Cumberland County,” said N.C. Representative John Szoka. “Our strong business community and pipeline of veterans and military spouses will support Booz Allen’s continued success here.”
 
“Fayetteville has a well-earned reputation as a leader in defense and innovation,” said N.C. Representative William O. Richardson. “Booz Allen’s expansion here confirms and strengthens that reputation, and we look forward to building on this success.” 
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville and the Fayetteville Cumberland County Economic Development Corporation. The City of Fayetteville and Cumberland County supported the project with local grants totaling $178,000.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 September 2018 09:53
 
Publix Super Markets Expansion In Guilford County Will Add 1,000 Jobs PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 04 September 2018 09:29
Publix Super Markets, Inc. will build a refrigerated distribution center in Guilford County by the end of 2022 as part of a multiphase project and has plans to create up to 1,000 jobs by 2025, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company is expected to invest up to $300 million in the first phase of the project. 
 
“Publix recognizes North Carolina’s commitment to helping businesses and employees thrive, and they trust our workers to fill up to 1,000 new jobs,” said Governor Cooper. “We will keep making sure our workforce has the capacity to excel and meet the needs of Publix and other quickly growing businesses in North Carolina.”
 
The proposed distribution center will support the delivery of grocery products to Publix locations in the Carolinas and Virginia. 
 
“As a proud community supporter, Publix is excited to create hundreds of new employment opportunities and to help provide for greater economic prosperity in Guilford County,” said Publix CEO & President Todd Jones. “We appreciate the hard work of Governor Cooper and all those involved in making this distribution center possible.” 
 
Publix will add a variety of job functions with this project, including positions in the administrative and maintenance departments as well as the refrigerated warehouse. The annual payroll impact is expected to be $44 million if all phases of the project are completed.
 
“Publix’s decision to locate up to 1,000 jobs and a new distribution center in Guilford County affirms our state’s reputation as the ideal place to do business,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. “In addition to our strategic location and proximity to major interstates and railroads, North Carolina is home to a competitive business climate, robust infrastructure and unparalleled education and training opportunities.”
 
The North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. (EDPNC) led the state’s support for the company’s selection.
 
 Publix’s new distribution center in Guilford County will be facilitated, in part, by a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee earlier today. The State estimates that the project would grow the state’s economy by $1.38 billion over the course of the 12-year term of the grant. Using a formula that accounts for the new tax revenues generated by the new jobs, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $13,118,400 spread over 12 years. State payments only occur following performance verification by the Departments of Commerce and Revenue that the company has met its incremental job creation and investment targets. JDIG projects result in positive net tax revenue to the state treasury, even after taking into consideration the grant’s reimbursement payments to a given company.
 
 Because Publix chose to locate in Guilford County, classified by the state’s economic tier system as Tier 2, the company’s JDIG agreement also calls for moving as much as $1,457,600 in new tax revenue generated through the grant into the state’s Industrial Development Fund – Utility Account. The Utility Account helps rural communities finance necessary infrastructure upgrades to attract future business. Even when new jobs are created in a Tier 2 county such as Guilford, the new tax revenue generated through JDIG grants helps more economically challenged communities throughout the state. More information on the state’s economic tier designations is available here.
 
“Publix selected Guilford County for its business environment, ideal location, high quality of life and excellent workforce,” said N.C. Senator Trudy Wade. “I’m proud to welcome the new distribution center and the potential 1,000 good jobs it will bring to our community.”
 
“I thank Publix for this substantial investment in our area,” said N.C. Representative John Hardister. “I know that Guilford County’s high-quality workers are prepared to hit the ground running in these new jobs. We look forward to working in partnership with Publix toward continued growth and success.” 
 
Partnering with N.C. Commerce and the EDPNC on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Guilford County, the City of Greensboro and the Greensboro Chamber of Commerce. 
 
Recycled Paper Company Will Open New Plant In Burke County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:18
Jackson Paper Manufacturing Company, North Carolina’s largest recycled paper producer, will open a new plant in Burke County, creating 42 jobs. The company plans to invest approximately $14 million in its new plant in Morganton and begin operations in the 2nd quarter of 2019. This new facility will produce more than 1 billion square feet per year of corrugated sheets for sale to corrugated box makers.
 
“Jackson Paper is already a strong member of the community in western North Carolina with its Sylva paper mill and headquarters,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “This expansion into Burke County is evidence of the company’s commitment to our state and western North Carolina’s ability to deliver the talented workers, infrastructure and climate manufacturers need to succeed.”
 
Jackson Paper manufactures 100 percent recycled corrugated medium at its Sylva location. Corrugated medium is used in the production of corrugated sheets. Headquartered in Sylva, North Carolina, Jackson paper supplies paper to corrugated box makers throughout the United States. The company is committed to protecting the natural environment it calls home in western North Carolina.
 
“We are extremely excited about expanding our corrugated sheets business into the Morganton area. We greatly appreciate all the efforts of the Governor as well as the state and local governments in helping to facilitate this project and we look forward to a great future in the area,” said Tim Campbell, CEO of Jackson Paper Manufacturing.
 
“Jackson Paper has first-hand knowledge of the advantages North Carolina offers a manufacturer, including a highly skilled workforce and opportunities for training and pipeline development, project-ready industrial sites and strong infrastructure,” said Commerce Secretary Anthony M. Copeland. N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. were instrumental in supporting the company’s expansion decision. 
 
Salaries will vary by position. Once all positions are filled, the total annual payroll impact will be more than $1.8 million. Average wages for the project are expected to be above the Burke County average wage of $34,954.
 
A performance-based grant of $100,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help facilitate Jackson Paper’s project in Burke County.  The One NC Fund provides financial assistance to local governments to help attract economic investment and to create jobs. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for payment. All One NC grants require a matching grant from local governments and any award is contingent upon that condition being met.
 
“Jackson Paper knows firsthand that Western North Carolina offers everything a manufacturer needs to succeed,” said N.C. Senator Warren Daniel. “I welcome the expansion into Burke County and look forward to working with Jackson Paper.”
 
“Burke County has a workforce, infrastructure and business climate that helps strong companies like Jackson Paper grow stronger,” said N.C. Representative Hugh Blackwell. “Jackson Paper’s new plant is an exciting addition to our business community in Morganton.”
 
´╗┐In addition to North Carolina Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the Golden LEAF Foundation, Burke County, the City of Morganton and Burke Development, Inc. 
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 August 2018 10:19
 
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