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Keihin Carolina System Technology Expands in Edgecombe County

Governor Cooper Announces Expansion by Keihin Carolina System Technology in Edgecombe CountyAutomotive Supplier will add 42 jobs and invest more than $13 million RALEIGH Feb 2, 2017 Keihin Carolina System Technology will expand its automotive assembly operations in Edgecombe County, adding 42 jobs over the coming three years, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company plans to invest more than $13 million at its Tarboro facility. “This expansion shows confidence in our workforce, our economy and our state as a great place for world-class employers to invest and grow,” Governor Cooper said. “As a native of eastern North Carolina, I know how critical skilled manufacturing jobs like these are to Edgecombe County and other rural parts of North Carolina.” Keihin Carolina will hire production associates and technical staff. While compensation will vary by position, average salaries for the new jobs will be $32,230, in line with Edg ...

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AT GLENOIT FABRICS CORP, BIG LEAGUE PLANS TAKE SHAPE

By Lawrence Bivins   When temperatures drop at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium, many of the 75,000+ Carolina Panther fans there proudly wrap themselves in branded all-weather blankets. The 50” x 60” throws are double-layered and water resistant. They come with the menacing image of “Sir Furr” that Panther fans love. They sell for $130.    And they are made in Tarboro, North Carolina.   “We currently make officially-licensed stadium blankets for NFL teams all over the country exclusively for The Northwest Company based in Roslyn, New York,” says Brent Birkhoff, chief operating officer at Glenoit Fabrics. The company, a division of Monterey Mills, serves teams and fans from its 285,000-sq.-ft. plant on Main Street.   Glenoit was founded more than half a century ago. It became part of Monterey Mills through an acquisition in 2013. Known for its flexibility and quick turnaround times, the company is a major global supplier of comfor ...

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At Keihin Carolina, Assembling Auto Components Starts with a Talent Pipeline

  By Lawrence Bivins   Patrick Stallings likes setting goals.   At 18, the recent graduate of Southwest Edgecombe High School plans to pursue computer-engineering degrees at Edgecombe Community College and East Carolina University. He envisions a life and career in his native Edgecombe County. “It’s where I grew up and where I want to be,” says Stallings.     Thanks to Keihin Carolina Systems Technology, LLC (KCST), Stallings and other local grads are on clear paths toward promising careers. As an apprentice at Keihin, Stallings works at the company’s 147,000-sq.-ft. production site in Tarboro, working part-time as he pursues a Journeyman certificate. “My long-term goal is to stay here at Keihin and in Edgecombe County,” Stallings says.   KCST launched its apprenticeship program six years ago and has relied on close, mutually beneficial relationships with educational institutions since opening its state-of-the-art facility in Tarboro ...

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Kanban’s Rise as a Logistics Powerhouse Showcases Twin Counties’ Global Connections

   By Lawrence Bivins  One consequence of globalization is that today’s companies must keep focused on core aspects of their business in order stay competitive. Succeed-minded manufacturers, for example, concentrate on production while partnering with third-party logistics providers (3PL) in creating and maintaining smooth supply networks and distribution channels.   Companies in the Mid-Atlantic have the advantage of working with Kanban Logistics to build reliable and affordable connections to buyers and suppliers worldwide. “Our business model is all about economies-of-scale,” explains Billy Wooten, chief executive officer of the Tarboro-based company. The firm’s customers can tap a complete menu of warehouse, handling, packaging, transportation, e-fulfillment and other services. “Companies can share our expertise, equipment and technology instead of having to build their own supply-chains,” he says.   A family-owned company whose nam ...

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At Babington Technology, Feeding People is a Global Industry By Lawrence Bivins

 Bob Kaczorowski has been a satisfied customer of Babington Technology LLC since 2006. As program director for the Air National Guard’s Disaster Relief Mobile Kitchen Trailer program, he oversees efforts to provide hot meals to large numbers of people adversely impacted by hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. His unit owns 20 mobile kitchens made by Babington. “We can feed thousands of people in a very short time,” Kaczoroski says.  As part of his work, Kaczoroski must ensure the Guard’s relief personnel understand not just how to set up and cook with Babington’s equipment but also maintain it properly and troubleshoot any problems that may occur in its use. He and his staff have received training in disassembling, diagnosing and repairing the state-of-the-art gear at Babington Technology’s sprawling corporate campus in Rocky Mount. “The training there is very hands-on,” he says.  Training is included in the cost of Babington&rsq ...

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WRAL EDITORIAL: REVIVAL OF $272-MILLION CSX HUB WILL BOOST N.C. ECONOMY

The timeline could be a tale of miraculous resurrection. In fact, the announced revival Tuesday of the once-left-for-dead CSX transportation hub in eastern North Carolina, was about determination and the work of skilled, tried-true economic development professionals.

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ROCKY MOUNT TELEGRAM: LOCAL OFFICIALS CRAFT DEAL TO BRING CSX RAIL HUB TO AREA

Johnston County's loss is the Twin Counties gain, thanks mostly to the efforts of Carolinas Gateway Partnership officials.

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WRAL: CSX FINALLY FINDS HOME FOR CARGO HUB IN ROCKY MOUNT

 — After months of discussion and debate, CSX announced Tuesday that it will build its massive Carolina Connector cargo terminal in Edgecombe County.

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WASHINGTON POST: CSX LANDS SITE FOR CARGO TERMINAL AFTER 1ST PICK BLOCKED

RALEIGH, N.C. — CSX Corp. will build an intermodal cargo hub near the Virginia border in Edgecombe County after landowner opposition blocked the railroad company’s first option, officials said Tuesday.

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CSX ANNOUNCES ROCKY MOUNT AS THE HOME OF THE CAROLINA CONNECTOR INTERMODAL TERMINAL

CSX ANNOUNCES ROCKY MOUNT AS THE HOME OF THE CAROLINA CONNECTOR INTERMODAL TERMINAL Transformational infrastructure project will bring substantial economic development to the Twin Counties Rocky Mount, N.C. – The Carolinas Gateway Partnership, in collaboration with Governor McCrory and CSX, announced today that Rocky Mount has been selected as the location for the Carolina Connector intermodal terminal (CCX). The state-of-the art terminal, located in Edgecombe County, will create high-paying jobs in Rocky Mount, deliver improved transportation options for local businesses and drive economic growth for the Twin Counties and across the state. At a special ceremony at NC Wesleyan College on Tuesday, Governor Pat McCrory announced a Job Development Investment Grant (JDIG) for the project alongside CSX Chairman and CEO Michael J. Ward, CSX President Clarence W. Gooden, NC Secretary of Transportation Nick Tennyson, NC Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla, Edgecombe County Commission Chairman Leonard Wiggins, ...

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