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EZ-Flo International, Inc. Expansion to Lenoir County

EZ-Flo to Invest $1.6 Million and Create 10 New Jobs in Lenoir County

Kinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that EZ-Flo International, Inc. will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County.  The Company will invest over $1.6 million and create 10 new jobs in Kinston over the next two years.

“EZ-FLO International is excited to complete the acquisition of our new warehouse in Kinston, North Carolina, in order to accommodate our rapid growth. The new warehouse space is approximately 140,000 square feet, which will serve as the logistic hub for our operations. This expansion represents an exciting development for EZ-FLO. Our company continues to grow at a rapid pace, and we are pleased that the addition of our Kinston location will allow us to accommodate even more inventory and expand our team of valued employees in order to support our continued growth. We understand that in order to meet our company objective of being a market leader we must continue to hire and retain the brightest and most qualified employees we can find.  We are confident we will continue to be able to do so in Kinston in order to support our current business while simultaneously positioning our company for continued rapid growth.” said Michael Phillips, General Counsel.

“I’m excited to hear that EZ-Flo International, Inc. is deciding to locate, invest in and create good paying jobs in Lenoir County,” said Representative John Bell. “When a company decides to invest in our community it creates great opportunity for our citizens. I appreciate their partnership and welcome them to Kinston/Lenoir County.”

“We are thrilled with the decision that EZ-Flo has made to locate its facilities and operations in Lenoir County, and wish them success.” said Representative George Graham. “It means new jobs for our local residents and a stronger spotlight on manufacturing in Eastern North Carolina.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from Lenoir County and the City of Kinston up to $30,675.  Companies receive no money up front and must meet investment performance standards to qualify for reimbursement.  Local governments utilize these grants to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity.

“Lenoir County is pleased that EZ-Flo has decided to invest in our community.  EZ-Flo is a leading manufacturer and distributor of plumbing, HVAC and hardware products. They have a commitment to bring the best value to its customers.  Expansion like this provides jobs and careers to our citizens,” said Lenoir County Board of Commissioners Chair Craig Hill.  “Again, our economic development office, coupled with our local, regional, and state partners, have created an environment of cooperation that produces positive outcomes.  We look forward to this investment in our community.”

“The re-emergence of Kinston’s economy continues with EZ-Flo’s expansion and investment announcement today.” said City of Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy.  “We are grateful that our local workforce and community partnerships have proven to be of great value to EZ-Flo and their decision to invest in Kinston.”

In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Community College System, Lenoir Community College, North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership, Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc., City of Kinston.

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Neuseway Nature Center Reopening-September 14, 2017

Reopening Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Mr. Nick Harvey welcoming NC Governor Cooper to Kinston/Lenoir County

Mr. Bill Ellis presenting NC Governor Cooper with Kinston/Lenoir County memorabilia

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Barnhill, New Construction of Office Complex — September 13, 2017

Barnhill Contracting Company in process of building a new office complex in the Hwy 70 W Industrial Park. The new building is located adjacent to their Asphalt complex

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Moen Expansion Update — September 13, 2017

 

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Moen breaks ground on new expansion

The faucet, sink and shower appliance manufacturer broke ground Tuesday on a new expansion to the company’s Kinston location.

Moen manufactures it’s products in plants located in New Bern and Sanford, among others, and sends those appliances to Kinston for distribution around the globe.

With the planned $15.9 million expansion, the company will add roughly 150,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space to it’s Kinston operation.

“This expansion and the jobs that come with it will secure the ability to deliver Moen’s growth over the years to come,” Jeff Swartz, senior vice president of operations at Moen Inc., said. “We continue to be impressed with the quality of the work base here on a daily basis.”

Troy Pedersen, manager of Kinston’s Moen plant, said the expansion to his facility will add roughly 35 jobs for Lenoir County residents at the plant over the next five years.

“This is a local community operation and we will continue to bring in local employees,” he said. “That’s what has made us successful here for almost 30 years now.”

Moen has been in Kinston since 1987. When deciding where to expand it’s operations, the company considered locations in Las Vegas and Atlanta before deciding on Kinston.

“We are always focused on providing world class services to all of our areas. The proximity of this facility to our facilities in New Bern and Sanford allows us to elevate that service,” Pedersen said.

Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy called the plant a “big win” for the city.

“The only way an expansion like this happens is because of the employees,” he said. “It’s because of you all that a brand as big as Moen would consider investing here.”

The expanded facility is expected to be completed and operational by the end of 2017.

Dustin George can be reached at 252-559-1077 or Dustin.George@Kinston.com.

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Moen Incorporated Expands Warehouse & Distribution Operations in Lenoir County

Image result for moen kinston ncKinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that Moen Incorporated will be expanding its operations in the County and investing over $15 million and adding 35 new jobs in Kinston over the next five years.

“The city of Kinston has been a great fit for Moen, since we first became part of the community nearly 30 years ago,” said Moen Distribution Manager, Troy Pedersen.  “When it came time to expand our distribution and warehouse capacity, Lenoir County was a natural choice. We are excited to begin construction this spring on an addition that will nearly double the size of our existing warehouse facility. This will allow us to increase our warehouse and distribution capacity for Moen Faucets, Kitchen and Bath Accessories, Sinks, and Garbage Disposals as we continue to service all of our customers throughout North America.”

As the #1 faucet brand in North America, Moen offers a diverse selection of thoughtfully designed kitchen and bath faucets, showerheads, accessories, bath safety products, garbage disposals and kitchen sinks for residential and commercial applications each delivering the best possible combination of meaningful innovation, useful features, and lasting value.  Moen is dedicated to designing and delivering beautiful products that last a lifetime – all over the world.

“I’m excited to hear that Moen will further invest in, and create good paying jobs in Lenoir County,” said Representative John Bell. “When a company decides to invest in our community it creates great opportunity for our citizens. I appreciate their partnership and wish them continued success.”

“The re-emergence of Kinston’s economy continues with Moen’s expansion and investment announcement today. Since 1987, Moen has shipped high quality products right here in Kinston that are found in homes all across our country,” said City of Kinston Mayor BJ Murphy.  “We are grateful that our local workforce and community partnerships have proven to be of great value to the Moen brand.”

“We are thrilled with the progress Moen has made at its Kinston facility, and wish them continued success as they roll out their new expansion to support their global distribution,” said Representative George Graham. “It means new jobs for our local residents and a stronger spotlight on manufacturing in Eastern North Carolina.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from Lenoir County of up to $450,000.  Companies receive no money up front and must meet investment performance standards to qualify for reimbursement.  Local governments utilize these grants to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity.

“Lenoir County is pleased that Moen continues to invest in our community.  It is a great company that produces state of the art products and provides jobs and careers to our citizens,” said Lenoir County Board of

Commissioners Chair Craig Hill.  “Again, our economic development office, coupled with our local, regional, and state partners, have created an environment of cooperation that produces positive outcomes.  We look forward to this investment in our community and the continued long term relationships we have developed with this world class company.”

In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development Office, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Global TransPark, Lenoir Community College, North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership, Lenoir Committee of 100, Inc., City of Kinston, and Barnhill Contracting Company.

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Lyndon Steel Company, LLC Expansion

Lyndon Steel Company, LLC Expansion to Invest $4.5 Million and Create 25 New Jobs in Lenoir County

Image result for lyndon steel logoKinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that Lyndon Steel Company, LLC will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County.  The Company will invest $4.5 million and create 25 new jobs in Kinston over the next two years.

“The city of Kinston has been a good fit for Lyndon/Kinston Steel, since first adding a plant here some eighteen years ago,” said Lyndon Steel Company, LLC President Sam Winters.  “So when we decided it was time to expand our business, Lenoir County was a natural choice. We are excited to be growing and hope to begin construction this spring on an addition that will more than double the size of our existing manufacturing facility. This will allow us to increase our production of Fabricated Structural Steel as we continue to service the Commercial Construction Industry in the eastern part of the United States.

Lyndon Steel Company, LLC, headquartered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has been providing high quality steel at a competitive price with “on time delivery” for forty years. The company contains CNC automated equipment and its engineering department is unparalleled with the use of SDS2 and CAD applications.  This cutting edge technology enables the company to support fast-track construction.

“I’m grateful to hear that Lyndon Steel Company is deciding to create good paying jobs in Lenoir County,” said Representative John Bell. “When a company decides to invest in our community it creates great opportunity for our citizens. I appreciate their partnership and wish them continued success.”

“This expansion is outstanding,” said Representative George Graham.  “This is progress at its best.  This will not only help to grow Lenoir County, but also Eastern North Carolina.  Capital investment and new jobs will hopefully aid in the fight to attract young talent back to Eastern North Carolina.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from Lenoir County of up to $128,000.  Companies receive no money up front and must meet investment performance standards to qualify for reimbursement.  Local governments utilize these grants to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity.

“It is another great day in Lenoir County. We welcome the continued growth of Lyndon Steel to our community,” said Lenoir County Board of Commissioner Chair Craig Hill. “Our economic development office, working with our state and region, are helping our community grow and prosper. This outstanding company brings quality jobs that will benefit Lenoir County and will serve as a model for other companies that would like to grow or relocate to an emerging County in the Eastern part of our State.”

In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Department of Transportation, North Carolina Community College System, Duke Energy, North Carolina’s Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership, and Lenoir Community College.

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Governor McCrory Announces New Craft Distillery Selects Lenoir County

Social Beverage Company, LLC will create 34 jobs

Image result for social house vodkaRaleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that Social Beverage Company, LLC will locate a craft distillery in Lenoir County. The company plans to create 34 new jobs and invest $5.8 million in the city of Kinston over three years.

“Kinston and Lenoir County have created a destination for tourists interested in good food, skilled chefs, and craftsmen that create products drawn from local farms and natural ingredients,” said Governor McCrory. “We applaud this community for attracting another company that supports community-based farming.”

The Social Beverage Company is a premium craft spirits producer dedicated to building a portfolio of lifestyle brands around a sense of community, innovation and responsible corporate citizenship. The company plans to revitalize a historic Kinston property to produce its signature farm-to-flask craft spirit, Social House Vodka. The distillery will adhere to rigorous standards for sourcing its essential ingredients from natural and organic farming, creating a gluten-free product made with North Carolina corn sourced within 50 miles of the facility.

“The Social Beverage Company will add yet another flavor to the culinary scene in downtown Kinston, in addition to the jobs it will create,” said Secretary Skvarla. Those new jobs will include management, production and sales positions. Salaries for the new jobs vary by position, but the average annual salary will be $50,071. The average wage in Lenoir County is $33,142.

“As Kinston continues to experience tremendous growth, it is an exciting time to build and operate our new facility with the support of the N.C. Department of Commerce, Lenoir County and the City of Kinston. North Carolina has created a welcoming environment for craft breweries and distilleries, and we are pleased to be a part of this growing industry in the state,” said Cary Joshi, president, Social Beverage Company. “The relationships we’ve formed with local farmers, interest from the local community, and the emerging art, culinary and craft spirits scene in downtown Kinston, present the perfect foundation to establish our distillery as a gathering place.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $68,000. The One NC Fund provides financial assistance, through local governments, to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity and create new jobs in the state. Companies receive no money up front and must meet job creation and investment performance standards to qualify for grant funds. One NC grants also require and are contingent upon financial matches from local governments.

In addition to N.C. Commerce and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, other partners that helped with this project include the North Carolina General Assembly, the North Carolina Community College System, the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority, Lenoir County, and the City of Kinston.

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North State Aviation (NSA) the North Carolina Small Business Persons of the Year for 2016

SBA Names 2016 North Carolina Small Business Persons of the Year 

Charlotte, N.C. – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has named Charlie Creech, the president and the other seven ownership/executive management team members of North State Aviation (NSA) the North Carolina Small Business Persons of the Year for 2016.

NSA is an aviation maintenance, repair and overhaul facility located in Winston-Salem, NC.  The company offers heavy maintenance and major modifications and repairs for Boeing 737 through Boeing 757 aircraft.

“We are all so honored to have been selected for this award,” said Charlie, on behalf of all the NSA winners. The success of North State Aviation is a testament to our employees, the fertile field of business opportunities in North Carolina and the working partnerships with the Airport Commission of Forsyth County, the State, the city of Winston-Salem, and the city of Kinston, Lenoir County and the SBA and SBTDC.”

Charlie and the NSA management team were selected as Small Business Persons of the Year because the company has demonstrated staying power, growth and innovation.  In just over five years, they have identified gaps in the industry, developed relationships and restored hundreds of jobs to the Winston-Salem area. NSA has been named one of the top 50 employers in Forsyth County, pumping over $30 million dollars annually into the local economy.

Before NSA opened its doors, Charlie and the team met with the SBA-sponsored North Carolina Small Business & Technology Development Center (SBTDC). SBTDC business counselor Barry Phillips assisted them in the development of a business plan with multiple complex financial projections. With this support NSA secured a $3.9 million finance package. Then, in 2010, the eight longtime airline executives, in a room in Winston-Salem’s Smith Reynolds Airport terminal, began the journey. The group had the know-how of the aviation industry and an entrepreneurial spirit.

By 2011, the company had performed maintenance on just 11 planes. Within the next four years, they completed maintenance and modifications on over 500 airplanes and now have numerous contracts, including their major business relationship with United Airlines.

NSA now employs more than 400, including over 100 military veterans, working in over 300,000 square feet of space at two locations. The company occupies the former headquarters office and hangar facility of Piedmont Airlines in Winston-Salem and their second hangar facility in Kinston, NC, at the Global Transpark.

The Small Business Persons of the Year winners from the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam will be compete for the title of National Small Business Person(s) of the Year during National Small Business Week.  National Small Business Week 2016 will be observed May 1-7.

The award will be presented locally at the 2016 Small Business Week Luncheon hosted by The Support Center on Thursday May 5, 2016 at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley at 4500 Marriott Drive, Raleigh, NC.

The 2016 North Carolina Small Business Persons are:

Ownership/Management team of NORTH STATE AVIATION, Winston-Salem, NC

  1. Charles Ashton Creech, President
  2. Thomas Howard Chappell, Vice President, Maintenance
  3. Kenda Anne Richards, Sr. Director Finance and Controller
  4. Stanley Kay Haines, Chief Financial Officer
  5. Russ C. Kota, Vice President, Maintenance/ISO & Facilities Planning
  6. Joel Sidney Marion, Vice President of Sales
  7. James Dupont McPhail, Chief Operating Officer
  8. David Mark Coe, Sr., Director of Materials and Tooling

 

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West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Expansion to Invest $19 Million in Lenoir County

Press Release

West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. Expansion
to Invest $19 Million in Lenoir County

Release: IMMEDIATE

Contact: Lenoir County Economic Development
Date: 2/3/2016

Phone: 252.527.1963

Kinston, N.C. – Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development announced today that West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. will be expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The Company will invest $19 million in Kinston over the next year.

“West is pleased to expand our Kinston facility in order to continue delivering high-value packaging components to our pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical customers,” said Tom Gribbin, Operations Director, West. “In the 40 years that West has been in Kinston, Lenoir County has been a tremendous partner and we are incredibly grateful for the support they have provided which has enabled us to continue to grow our business.”

West Pharmaceutical Services copyrighted image 2014West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc., headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, is a leader in developing and manufacturing packaging and delivery systems that enhance the administration of pharmaceuticals. The company works by the side of its customers from concept to patient to create products that promote the efficiency, reliability and safety of the world’s pharmaceutical drug supply.

“I am excited about the growth of West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in Eastern North Carolina,” said Representative John Bell. “When a company expands and invests in the community, it creates more opportunities for its citizens. We appreciate this continued partnership with West Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in Lenoir County, and look forward to many years of success for its employees and our citizens.”

“This expansion is outstanding,” said Representative George Graham. “This is progress at its best. This will not only help to grow Lenoir County, but all of Eastern North Carolina. Capital Investment and a world class site designation by West for the Kinston facility has the potential for job creation for our local workforce, the North Carolina Global TransPark, and for young people who will be graduating from high school. This will hopefully aid in the fight to attract young talent back to Eastern North Carolina. West has been good to stay and rebuild in Kinston, Lenoir County. Anything we can do to make this project a success, you can count on us.”

The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from Lenoir County of up to $400,000. Companies receive no money up front and must meet investment performance standards to qualify for reimbursement. Local governments utilize these grants to attract business projects that will stimulate economic activity.

“Lenoir County is proud of the longstanding relationship with this company and their commitment to the county, region, and state,” said Lenoir County Board of Commissioner Chair Craig Hill. “The county has been committed to West through tough times and prosperous times. One of the reasons West has remained in Lenoir County is due to this 40 year relationship.”

In addition to Lenoir County and Lenoir County Economic Development, other partners that helped with this project include: North Carolina Community College System and Lenoir Community College.

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