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Rocky Mount going all-in as a regional craft-brew incubator

By Russ Lay on June 30, 2018 A rendering of the repurposed Rocky Mount mill. Usually, our travel-related features focus on nearby destinations with an eye toward events, activities, entertainment and, of course, food and drink. This edition takes a slightly different twist as we combine the recreational attributes of our featured locale with a subject critical to northeastern North Carolina — jobs and the revitalization of cities. Before the Age of Globalization, regional cities such as Rocky Mount, Washington, Greenville, Kinston and even Elizabeth City had thriving agricultural and manufacturing economies. Tobacco, cotton and peanuts led the way in rural agriculture, but the cities were also home to manufacturers who supplied Detroit with fan belts, tires and other parts. Textiles, chemicals, paper products were also part of the economic landscape. As those jobs migrated to other countries, the region’s cities went into decline. Even agriculture has suffered as ...

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Twin Counties recognized in Business North Carolina

We are very excited for the Twin Counties to be recognized in the latest edition of the Business North Carolina magazine for one of the Top Economic Development Projects. 


Triangle Tyre ranked 3rd for largest new jobs and1st for largest investment!


The Twin Counties of Edgecombe & Nash are booming with opportunity and growth. Stay tuned as more great news continues to develop for the region!


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CSX Intermodal Facility Coming to Edgecombe County

RALEIGH –  A new intermodal transportation facility will be built in Edgecombe County to help industry get products to customers and spur growth in the region, officials with the N.C. Department of Transportation announced today. NCDOT has reached an agreement with CSX Corporation regarding the building and operation of the Edgecombe County facility. “This facility will make Eastern North Carolina even more attractive to businesses looking to grow by offering a logistical solution to industry shipping challenges,” said NCDOT Secretary Jim Trogdon. “We are pleased to help bring this intermodal facility to Eastern North Carolina.” The facility, known as the Carolina Connector (CCX), will be built on the CSX mainline and CSX will run it. NCDOT will invest up to $118.1 million for site development and roadway construction. NCDOT conducted an economic impact evaluation in early June and determined the facility will have an indirect job impact of up to 1,300 jobs. O ...

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CiCi Corporate Investment Awards

The Twin Counties have received the Trade & Industry Development CiCi Award for the second time in a row! Thank you Triangle Tyre for your $580 million investment and creation of 800 jobs for our region! We stand ready to assist your company in making the Twin Counties your next location to expand or start your business. 

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Born in a garage, Ossid now leads the globe in food packaging solutions

By Lawrence Bivins   Proximity to the nation’s major poultry producers makes Rocky Mount a convenient base for Ossid LLC, a diversified leader in packaging equipment and solutions. But there are other Twin County assets that make the company, part of the ProMach Group, productive and profitable.   The company’s customers venture from near and far to Ossid for training at the company’s 65,000-sq.-ft. facility at Fountain Industrial Park. “They come from all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico and other countries,” says Ernie Newell, vice president and general manager at Ossid. The company’s machines are sold to buyers as far away Australia, Europe and South America. “We have customers coming from all those locations to visit us.” Ossid’s operations are about 75 minutes from RDU International Airport, and Rocky Mount’s quality hotel space is easily capable of accommodating customers visiting the company either for training or as part of ...

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Barnhill Contracting Company’s Family Friendly Approach Yields 70 Years of Success

By Lawrence Bivins   Across three generations, one aspect of the business culture at Barnhill Contracting Company has remained unchanged. “We fulfill our word,” says Allen Barnhill, senior vice president, who has been with the company for 40 years. “What we say we’re going to do, we do.” Integrity lies at the heart of the company’s corporate values. The firm was founded in 1949 and currently employs 1,000 people across 12 North Carolina locations. “All employees are treated like family,” says Barnhill. “When an employee has a problem, we try to help.” The philosophy, while not simply the right thing to do, also makes strategic business sense. “Our employees feel that this is their company,” he adds. “They take ownership because of the way the family treats them.”    About 60 percent of the company’s work involves site infrastructure and highway construction. Among its first big ...

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Defense contractors seek non-military growth path

By COREY DAVIS Staff Writer, Rocky Mount Telegram Friday, March 16, 2018 With cutbacks in the federal defense budget, small businesses dependent on military contracts must find different ways to bring in revenue. A strategy created last year called the North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative has been implemented to help the state’s defense-reliant industries expand beyond their military contracts. The initiative is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment. The North Carolina Defense Industry Diversification Initiative is managed through a partnership by the N.C. Department of Military and Veterans Affairs and N.C. State University’s Industry Expansion Solutions, a unit of N.C. State University, which helps organizations or companies grow, innovate and prosper, according to the organization’s website. The initiative was highlighted during the first of several town hall meetings across the state on&n ...

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Governor Cooper Announces Largest Ever Manufacturing Investment in Rural North Carolina

Eastern North Carolina welcomes Triangle Tire to the region.

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Governor Cooper and Corning Incorporated Strike Agreement to Bring 428 New Jobs to North Carolina

Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW) will create 428 jobs over three years in North Carolina, Governor Roy Cooper announced today, as the company locates a warehouse facility in Edgecombe County and plans an expansion of manufacturing operations in Durham.

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Inside The Cheesecake Factory's Rocky Mount Factory

By Lawrence Bivins   Nothing puts the special in special occasions like a slice of Oreo® Dream Extreme from The Cheesecake Factory. Just ask Abbey Shaffer, a proud mom of three young over-achievers who recently brought home good grades and high honors to close out the school year. “Every bite of this is a celebration,” says Shaffer, who lives in Raleigh. “It’s decadent, delicious and beautiful. And what kid doesn’t love Oreos?!” And it turns out the Oreo® Dream Extreme – or any of approximately 70 varieties of Cheesecake Factory cheesecakes -- aren’t made far away. Since 2006, the California-based restaurant company has operated a facility at Whitaker Business & Industry Center near Rocky Mount that churns out about 11 million cheesecakes annually. Running two shifts, the plant and its 350 employees bake, finish and package cheesecakes for distribution to Cheesecake Factory locations in the eastern U.S. and abroad. The facility also ships ...

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