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Barnet visits SLHS

Barnet visits South Lenoir High School

Press Release: Jessica Shimer, LCPS Career Development Coordinator

 

barnet - Lenoir County Economic DevelopmentMr. Jonathan Grant, Process Engineer for William Barnet & Sons, presented students at South Lenoir High School with information regarding employment opportunities at Barnet.  He displayed and discussed the many products that Barnet manufactures at the Kinston facility located on Hwy 258 North.  He shared with students many of the products and fibers that are used to make Protective Fire Gear, Military Personal Protective Equipment, Concrete Strengthening Fibers, Air Filtering Fibers, and Rope designed for Rescue Rigging.  He also expressed the need for students that may be potential employees to develop soft skills, mathematics skills, public speaking skills, and he encouraged them to train to take the Career Readiness Certification or CRC.  All students at South Lenoir are encouraged to take the CRC and tutorials for this important test have already begun for this school year. The students were very attentive and had many questions about the ability to work at Barnett while attending Lenoir Community College or during Summer break. Some wanted to know what higher level jobs were available for students that planned to attend a four year University. The interest level was very high after Mr. Grant’s presentation and a visit to Barnet is being coordinated so that students can learn more about daily operations within the plant.  Several students have requested an opportunity to interview for any potential openings and will be preparing a resume for review by the Barnet Human Resources Department. 

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Moen Kinston distribution center will not be affected by company’s move in Craven

Not shutting down

Moen Kinston distribution center will not be affected by company’s move in Craven

By Noah Clark

Staff Writer

 

Contrary to an earlier report, Moen will not be not be closing its distribution center in Kinston.

Yvonne Wold, manager of Moen’s New Bern plant, said the company is building a warehouse in Craven County to support the assembly plant already in operation there. However, the plan does not call for the closure of the Kinston center.

“This new building in no way will impact the Moen distribution center located in Kinston,” she said. “The Moen distribution center in Kinston will continue to operate and distribute Moen finished faucets in North America.”

During a presentation to the Craven County Board of Commissioners on Monday Timothy Downs, Craven County’s economic development director, mentioned the Kinston center when telling the commissioners about Moen’s plans for Craven County.   

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DuPont Expansion to Bring 18 New Jobs to Lenoir County

October 23, 2014 • Jobs and the Economy

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (DuPont) is expanding its operations in Lenoir County. The company plans to create 18 new jobs and invest $30 million over the next three years in Kinston.

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Smithfield-Kinston Announces Expansion

Kinston, NC – Smithfield Foods, Inc. first established in 1978 was located at 2602 W. Vernon Ave. as Smithfield Packing Company Inc. In 2006, Smithfield opened a new state-of-the-art facility located at 1780 Smithfield Way, Kinston, NC. Smithfield closed their W. Vernon Ave. facility in 2008, transferring 476 employees to the US 70 West Industrial Park site under the company name of Smithfield Foods, Inc.

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Associated Materials, Inc to Expand in Lenoir County

Raleigh, N.C. – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Associated Materials, Inc. (AMI) will be expanding its manufacturing operation in Lenoir County. The company plans to create 252 new jobs and invest more than $5 million over the next five years in Kinston.

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Strata Solar to produce alternative energy

 

Officials speak to a small crowd gathered at Lenoir 1, a solar energy farm on Wheat Swamp Road, Tuesday prior to cutting the ribbon, symbolically opening the farm. Zach Frailey / The Free Press

Officials speak to a small crowd gathered at Lenoir 1, a solar energy farm on Wheat Swamp Road, Tuesday prior to cutting the ribbon, symbolically opening the farm.
Zach Frailey / The Free Press

There’s a new form of energy in town.

Lenoir County had its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Tuesday for two farms that are expected to provide a great source of revenue and energy.

Strata Solar Farms showed off its two farms as Lenoir County Commissioner Eric Rouse cut the ceremonial ribbon at Lenoir 1 on Wheat Swamp Road, the land Rouse’s family owned before leasing it to Strata.

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Food Packaging Company to Expand in Lenoir County

Raleign, NC – Governor Pat McCrory and North Carolina Commerce Secretary Sharon Decker announced today that Pactiv, LLC will expand manufacturing facilities in Lenoir and Iredell counties.  The company plans to create 77 jobs in the two counties and invest more than $9 million in Kinston and Mooresville.

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