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Cooper Appoints Local Judges PDF Print E-mail
Local Government
By Administrator   
Sunday, 19 February 2017 07:06
Governor Roy Cooper has appointed three new judges to preside over North Carolina courts.
Marion Boone will serve as a District Court Judge for Judicial District 17B, which has jurisdiction in Stokes and Surry counties. Boone brings 30 years of legal experience to her new judicial position. She has worked as a private attorney since 1988, practicing in family, property, contract, estate, federal bankruptcy, and criminal law. Boone has also been active in her community, volunteering with various education and civic organizations.
Larry Leake will serve as a District Court Judge for Judicial District 24, which has jurisdiction in Avery, Madison, Mitchell, Watauga, and Yancey counties. Leake has worked as an attorney for more than 40 years. He has represented various government entities in Western North Carolina, including the County of Madison and the Towns of Mars Hill, Marshall, and Hot Springs. He is licensed in all of North Carolina’s Federal Courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judge Vinston Rozier will serve as a Superior Court Judge for Judicial District 10B in Wake County. Judge Rozier brings more than 15 years of legal and judicial experience to his new judicial position. He has served as an Assistant District Attorney, as an Ombudsman to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, and as a District Court Judge. 
Charlotte Says It's Complying With Immigration Laws PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Thursday, 16 February 2017 15:05
The City of Charlotte released the following statement on immigration enforcement . ​
Charlotte is proud to be one of the fastest growing cities in America, which is largely attributable to the many migrants who have recognized our unique appeal and chosen to make their home here. The City has welcomed and promoted this growth as it contributes much to the rich diversity of our population and the vibrancy of our local economy.
We continue to appreciate and welcome newcomers today, as evidenced, for instance, by the immigration provisions of the Civil Liberties Resolution passed by City Council in 2015. For its part, CMPD continues to focus its efforts on fighting crime, promoting public safety and building community trust and does not enforce immigration laws. Charlotte also has policies and programs aimed at easing the assimilation of residents from foreign countries into our society. We have done all of these things while still complying with all state and federal immigration laws, and we have not promoted the circumvention of those laws. Because of this compliance, the recent executive order by the Trump administration does not require that Charlotte change its policies and practices toward immigrants, and we do not foresee any changes under current laws.
City Council recognizes that recent reports by news outlets and social media concerning enforcement actions by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency have given rise to concerns in our community. Many of those reports are exaggerated or entirely inaccurate, and we encourage people to keep calm and refer to reliable information sources before deciding that they could be at risk. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has repeatedly indicated that it is continuing its policy of focusing on people who have committed crimes in addition to immigration law violations. Although recent enforcement actions have gotten significant media attention because of the Trump executive order, according to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, those actions are consistent with activity that has taken place for years under the Obama administration and do not represent a major new threat.
The people and government of Charlotte have a tradition of offering a friendly and welcoming environment to newcomers, and we look forward to continuing that tradition while also respecting the laws of our state and county.
​The City Council supports this statement. ​
Last Updated on Thursday, 16 February 2017 16:10
Paper Manufacturer Will Expand In Shelby PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Monday, 13 February 2017 15:14
Clearwater Paper Corporation announced plans to build a new tissue machine and related converting equipment for producing premium and ultra-premium grades of private label tissue products at a site adjacent to the company's existing facility in Shelby, North Carolina.
The estimated cost for the project includes approximately $283 million for the tissue machine, converting equipment and buildings, and approximately $57 million for the purchase and expansion of an existing warehouse that will consolidate all southeastern warehousing in Shelby. Clearwater Paper projects that the construction of the new facility will be completed in early 2019 and fully operational in 2020. 
The new tissue machine will produce a variety of high-quality private label premium and ultra-premium bath, paper towel and napkin products. At full production capacity, the new tissue machine is expected to produce approximately 70,000 tons of tissue products annually.
"Clearwater Paper's customers are requiring more premium and ultra-premium products, which we are addressing with the new capacity. These high growth segments have increased 3.5 times faster than the overall tissue market, and we are committed to growing with our strategic customers and positioning ourselves to add new customers," said Linda K. Massman, president and CEO. "We believe this new capacity will reinforce our leadership in the private label tissue business and will be a significant driver of operating earnings growth while strengthening the quality of our manufacturing assets."
Clearwater Paper intends to start construction during the second quarter of this year. Converting and warehouse operations are expected to be completed during the second half of 2018, and the tissue machine is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2019.
"Companies like Clearwater Paper know that North Carolina is a wonderful place to do business thanks to our skilled workforce, strong infrastructure and prime location," said North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper. "We want companies looking to expand to come to North Carolina because there's no better place to invest and grow."
"We expect the new tissue facility will be built on time and within budget, consistent with our first Shelby facility that was announced in June 2010 and commenced operations in late 2012. Our experience in Shelby, North Carolina, has been exceptional and we continue to enjoy the region's outstanding transportation infrastructure, business-friendly community, and overall quality of life," said Pat Burke, group president. "For those same reasons and a competitive incentive program from the City of Shelby, Cleveland County and the State of North Carolina, we are pleased to announce the company's newest state-of-the-art tissue machine will be built in Shelby."
Last Updated on Monday, 13 February 2017 15:19
Montgomery County Snags Construction Manufacturing Plant PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 February 2017 11:55
Carolina Structural Systems will open a manufacturing plant in Montgomery County that will employ 71 workers. The maker of wooden building trusses will invest $1.3 million at a location in Star over the next three years.
“These good-paying jobs will put more money in the pockets of North Carolina workers and their families,” said Governor Roy  Cooper. “Montgomery County’s central location and strong manufacturing workforce will help Carolina Structural Systems serve custom homebuilders throughout North Carolina and beyond.”
The company’s Montgomery County operations will employ designers, builders and management. Compensation will vary by position, but annual wages for the new positions will average $45,647. Montgomery County’s average yearly wage is $33,388. 
N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. collaborated to recruit the company.  “Carolina Structural Systems brings experience and quality to North Carolina’s building products industry,” said Commerce Secretary Tony Copeland. “It’s arrival in Montgomery County creates a range of job opportunities in a community well known for its forestry and woodworking.”
Founded in 2016, Carolina Structural Systems designs, manufactures and sells customized wood-based building materials to the residential and light-commercial construction markets. The company’s Montgomery County location provides ample access to suppliers as well as convenience to growing residential markets across the Carolinas.
“Workers make the difference in our business and a big reason we chose North Carolina is the availability of a skilled and productive workforce,” said Carolina Structural Systems President Ricky Dyson. “Our team is excited to become an active partner in the Montgomery County community.”
Carolina Structural Systems’ expansion in North Carolina was made possible in part by a performance-based grant of up to $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance in support of local governments in creating jobs and attracting economic investment. Companies receive no money upfront and must meet job creation and capital investment targets to qualify for grant funds. All One NC grants require a local government match.
“Carolina Structural Systems will bring much needed jobs to the folks in Montgomery County,” said N.C. Senator Cathy Dunn. “I look forward to welcoming them to our great county.”
“North Carolina leads the Southeast in manufacturing jobs and Carolina Structural Systems is helping us maintain that number one spot by adding 71 workers in Montgomery County,” said N.C. Representative Justin Burr.
In addition to North Carolina Commerce and EDPNC, other key partners in the project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center, Duke Energy, Montgomery County Utilities, and Montgomery County.

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