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Cabinet Manufacturer Will Expand by 450 Jobs in Lenoir County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Tuesday, 23 November 2021 17:46

MasterBrand Cabinets, one of the largest cabinet manufacturers in North America, will expand its operations in Lenoir County to create more than 450 jobs over five years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest more than $13.5 million to expand production capacity at its manufacturing center in Kinston.

"It’s great news any time good manufacturing jobs come to Eastern North Carolina,” said Governor Cooper. “MasterBrand Cabinets already provides good jobs for many people in Kinston and Lenoir County and will now add even more opportunities for our ready and able workforce.”

MasterBrand Cabinets, a subsidiary of Fortune Brands Home & Security, Inc., manufactures and distributes a wide spectrum of cabinetry products designed to satisfy every budget and lifestyle. The company serves market segments that include stock cabinets, semi-custom and custom cabinetry, as well as vanities for the kitchen, bath, and other areas of the home.  The company’s project in Lenoir County will expand its existing facility in Kinston to meet growing demand for its products. The company plans to significantly increase the site’s production capacity, with cabinets for kitchens making up the primary output for the expanded facility.

“MasterBrand is committed to investing in our people and facilities through offering competitive wages and benefits; providing a safe and clean working environment; and training, developing, and retaining our associates,” said Dave Banyard, president, MasterBrand Cabinets. “We are proud to expand our operations in Kinston, which allows us to better meet the demand of our customers while providing new jobs and strengthening the communities where our associates live and work.”

“MasterBrand Cabinets’ new jobs and investment are the fruits of our state’s commitment to build a skilled, inclusive, and diverse workforce,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “As our First in Talent strategic plan makes clear, we will continue to make investments in our educational and training systems so that manufacturers will continue to expand and grow in our state."

While salaries will vary based on position, the average wage for all the new jobs will exceed the Lenoir County average of $39,839. The total payroll impact for the region is expected to reach more than $18.5 million.

MasterBrand Cabinets’ project in North Carolina will be facilitated 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 State estimates the project will grow its economy by $657.8 million. Using a formula that takes into account the new tax revenues generated by the 464 new jobs tied to this grant, the JDIG agreement authorizes the potential reimbursement to the company of up to $3,878,000, 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.

“MasterBrand Cabinets is an important economic engine in our community,” said N.C. Senator Jim Perry “I’m proud to welcome these new jobs and investment to Kinston and Lenoir County.”

“Many people in our region have collaborated closely for many months to make today’s announcement possible,” said N.C. Representative Chris Humphrey. “Local officials and leaders in Lenoir County and the Global TransPark region will continue to support MasterBrand Cabinets as they enter this next phase of partnership with our area.”

Partnering with the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina on this project were the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College, Lenoir County, the City of Kinston and the North Carolina Global TransPark Economic Development Region.


DNA Lab Is Under Construction In Wake County PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Friday, 12 November 2021 17:37
Construction is under way on a new DNA laboratory within the Raleigh/Wake City-County Bureau of Identification (CCBI). The lab will be the first local government DNA lab in the Triangle and the second facility of its kind in North Carolina.
“Our criminal justice system depends on having timely, reliable information,” said Wake County Board of Commissioners Chair Matt Calabria. “By adding this state-of-the-art lab to its facility, CCBI will be able to quickly and accurately analyze the DNA evidence its crime scene investigators find in the field, saving precious time and moving cases forward faster.”
Currently, CCBI sends DNA evidence to the North Carolina State Crime Lab for analysis. Case submissions there have jumped 62% over the past five years. 
When CCBI’s new lab opens, it will halt that practice and begin analyzing DNA evidence from Wake County cases in its own 950 square-foot facility. This change will free up resources at the state lab, enabling them to focus on evidence from other municipalities in the queue. This move will benefit both residents in Wake County and those in counties statewide.
From an Idea to Reality
The idea to create the DNA lab came from CCBI Director Sam Pennica. And, interestingly, COVID-19 safety protocols ended up providing the space he needed to house the facility.
During quarantine, CCBI investigators worked remotely from their homes and vehicles instead of coming into the office to reduce the risk of contracting the virus. The experience proved the remote working model was effective – and even preferred – by the investigators and should be implemented permanently.
The switch freed up the space needed to construct the DNA lab in CCBI’s current location, bringing Pennica’s idea to fruition. 
“It’s exciting to be part of a project that we know will do so much good for our community,” said Director Pennica. “DNA testing has proven to be extremely accurate and has advanced to become an important 21st century forensic testing technique.” 
Funding the Project
Wake County has approved $360,000 for construction of the lab, which comes from court ordered lab fees. The only cost to local taxpayers moving forward will be the salaries of the three technicians the lab will employ. 
Representatives Deborah Ross (NC-02) and David Price (NC-04) secured $500,000 in funding in the House Appropriations package for the scientific equipment for the DNA lab. CCBI will receive this federal funding if the legislation passes the House, Senate and is signed into law by President Biden.
Alignment with Board Goals
The new lab aligns with two of the Wake County Board of Commissioners’ 2021 goals in the area of public safety:
Providing high quality and sustainable public safety services to meet the community's current and future needs; and 
Addressing equity in the criminal justice system. 
Adding DNA testing to the services already offered by CCBI also aligns with its chartering mandate to improve the enforcement of criminal laws in Wake County. In addition, it supports the NC Survivor Act, which requires the bureau to protect the residents of Wake County and North Carolina from criminal acts and wrongful judicial convictions.
Construction on the lab began Monday, Nov. 8, and is projected to open in late 2022 or early 2023. 
Veterans: Wake County Register Of Deeds Will Record DD-214s PDF Print E-mail
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By Administrator   
Wednesday, 10 November 2021 17:42
The Wake County Register of Deeds Office records, maintains, and provides certified copies of military separation documents known as a DD-214 Report of Separation for service members at no cost. The DD-214 contains information normally needed to verify military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
There are many benefits for recording your DD-214 with the Wake County Register of Deeds:
Having your DD-214 scanned and stored with the Wake County Register of Deeds will ensure your document will never be lost or damaged.
You’ll always have access to a certified true copy of your DD-214.
Your survivors will know where to obtain access to a certified copy to leverage benefits at the time of a veteran’s death.
There is no charge to record or obtain a copy of a military discharge.  
To Record: The service member or authorized party must provide a government- issued ID and an original copy of the DD-214.  
To Obtain Certified Copies: The service member or authorized party must provide a government-issued ID and complete the request form. 
Click here to download and print the record/request form.  
Authorized parties to record or request include: 
Subject of the record 
Widow or widower of deceased spouse 
Agents and representatives of the subject authorized in writing by the subject 
Authorized agents of Veterans Affairs 
Authorized court official with an interest in assisting the subject 
NC State Archives 
Please call the Wake County Register of Deeds office at 919-856-5460 for more information or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
Pharmaceutical Manufacturer Will Create 78 New Jobs In Guilford County PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 November 2021 11:08
Pharmaceutical manufacturer, Cambrex Corporation, will create 78 new jobs in Guilford County.. The company will invest $30 million to expand its manufacturing center of excellence in High Point.
“We are excited to celebrate Cambrex’s expansion on National Manufacturing Day,” said Governor Roy Cooper. “When thriving pharmaceutical companies continue making life-changing medicines in North Carolina, it validates our reputation as a place where life science companies can flourish and do groundbreaking work.”
Cambrex is a leading small molecule company that provides drug substance, drug product, and analytical services across the entire drug lifecycle. With 40 years’ experience, Cambrex serves clients in North America and Europe by providing full-service research, development, and commercial manufacturing. The manufacturing center of excellence in High Point will expand its small batch manufacturing capacity with additional production and laboratory space.
“Cambrex’s mission is to support our pharmaceutical customers in the development and manufacturing of new therapies that improve human health,” said Thomas Loewald, Cambrex CEO. “As a result of our High Point team’s commitment to providing our customers best-in-class technical expertise, innovative chemistry, and engineering solutions, the facility has seen rapid growth in demand for our development and manufacturing services. We are extremely excited about this expansion in North Carolina, which would not have been possible without the support of the State’s leadership and economic development programs, and their focus on nurturing the region’s skilled and diverse workforce.”
“The life sciences and manufacturing sectors are major contributors to North Carolina’s economic success,” said North Carolina Commerce Secretary Machelle Baker Sanders. “With the execution of the state’s First in Talent strategic plan, we will continue to develop a skilled, diverse, and inclusive workforce that will help attract and support the growth of innovative manufacturers like Cambrex.”
The company’s new positions include operations, scientists, quality assurance and administrative personnel. Although wages will vary, the average annual salary for all new positions is $96,167, creating a potential payroll impact of more than $7.5 million per year. Guilford County’s overall average annual wage is $50,603.
A performance-based grant of $200,000 from the One North Carolina Fund will help with Cambrex’s expansion to North Carolina. 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.
“This is an outstanding announcement for our region and the entire state,” said N.C. Representative Cecil Brockman. “Cambrex’s increased investment in the Triad proves that our incredible assets, especially our well-educated talent, are second to none.”
“We are thrilled to welcome Cambrex’s expansion to our community,” said N.C. Senator Michael Garrett. “Our life sciences hub is growing with the success of companies like Cambrex and the research institutions that call the region home.”
Earlier this week, Governor Cooper proclaimed this week North Carolina Manufacturing Week with manufacturing announcements statewide. With more than 452,000 manufacturing employees across the state, North Carolina is home to the largest manufacturing workforce in the Southeast and ninth largest in the nation. Manufacturing accounts for 19.5% of North Carolina’s economic output at $107.1 billion. Manufacturing Week also celebrated an additional 200 jobs in Catawba County on Tuesday and 87 jobs in Davidson County on Wednesday.
Joining the North Carolina Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina were key partners in the project that included the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, GuilfordWorks, Guilford County Economic Development Alliance, High Point Economic Development Corporation and the City of High Point.

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