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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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THINKING GLOBALLY. PARTNERING LOCALLY

THINKING GLOBALLY. PARTNERING LOCALLY. For Rocky Mount Manufacturer, Community Support Spurs Growth   It’s a company with Dutch roots and Italian parents. And its products are critical to the functioning of the world’s most breathtaking trophy properties – like 154-story Burj Khalifa in Dubai, currently the world’s tallest building.   The company is Draka Elevator Products, and it calls Rocky Mount, N.C., home.   “The plant has been here for 40 years doing various things,” says Sterrett Lloyd, president of Draka, which since 2011 has been a unit of Milan, Italy-based Prysimian Group. Together with an expanding distribution center in nearby Battleboro, Draka’s growing presence in Nash County boils down to one critical factor. “This is a community that is dedicated to our success,” Lloyd says.   Lloyd arrived at Draka in 2001 after working in several elevator businesses in the Midwest. He also ran his family’s Kentucky-ba ...

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Celebration of the Life of John Gessaman

                                                                        The Carolinas Gateway Partnership celebrates the life of former CEO/President, John Gessaman who peacefully passed away on April 18, 2016, surrounded by his wonderful family as he went home to join his Lord.             John was the first President/CEO of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership and served in that position for 18 years. During his tenure, John’s knowledge and love of economic development was instrumental in bringing over 8,000 jobs and economic prosperity to the Twin Counties he loved so much.    John's professional career in urban planning and economic development spanned decades in Baltimore, MD, Arlington County and Prince William County, VA, and finally Rocky Mount, NC.   Joh ...

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The Hillshire Brands Company to Create 98 Jobs in Edgecombe County

Press Release The Hillshire Brands Company to Create 98 Jobs in Edgecombe County Consumer Foods Leader Launches $28.4 Million Expansion of Bakery Operations   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 919-814-2100 Wednesday, January 20, 2016govpress@nc.gov   Raleigh, N.C. -Governor Pat McCrory, North Carolina Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla, III, and the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina (EDPNC) announced today that The Hillshire Brands Company will create 98 jobs over the next three years as it expands its bakery operations in Edgecombe County. The company plans to invest $28.4 million to upgrade and improve the Tarboro facility over that time.   “Hillshire Brands is among the nation’s most prominent names in consumer foods and a perfect fit for our state’s value-added food and beverage industry,” said Governor McCrory.“This company’s continued growth is leading to job creation for Edgecombe County and evidence of our rebuilding economy.& ...

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MOSSY OAK® PARTNERS WITH THE ORIGINAL LOG CABIN HOMES

Two legendary brands, Mossy Oak and The Original Log Cabin Homes are bringing together their combined fire power to introduce the "Mossy Oak® Nativ Living™ Edition" of cabins, homes and structures that will be manufactured and distributed by The Original Log Cabin Homes Ltd. As the "Official Log Home Company of Mossy Oak," The Original Log Cabin Homes will use its worldwide network for the distribution and sales of the Mossy Oak Nativ Living products.

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TOLSON LOOKS TO HELP BOOST EXISTING COMPANIES

As the Carolinas Gateway Partnership works diligently to recruit new companies to the area, new President and Chief Executive Officer Norris Tolson also understands the significance of helping grow the industries already operating in the Twin Counties.

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INCENTIVES SEAL DRAKA'S EXPANSION PLANS

  A company in Rocky Mount that manufactures elevator products is planning to add 34 full-time jobs over the next five years as part of an expansion. The Nash County Board of Commissioners approved an inducement agreement Monday for Draka Elevator Products to expand operations at the Whitakers Business and Industrial Center in Nash County. Draka, which operates its global headquarters on North Church Street, plans to hire 34 full-time workers at or exceeding an average annual wage of $38,584 by Dec. 31, 2020. The agreement states that Draka plans to invest $12.1 million into the development of a 140,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. Nash County transferred ownership of 14 acres of land and 11 acres of easement valued at $375,840 in Whitakers Business and Industrial Center to Draka. The deal was brokered by the Carolinas Gateway Partnership. Krista Ikirt, vice president for the Partnership and recruiter for Nash County, said the news is great for the Twin Counties because Draka picked Nash C ...

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NORRIS TOLSON ELECTED NEW PRESIDENT & CEO OF THE CAROLINAS GATEWAY PARTNERSHIP

On Friday, December 18, 2015 E. Norris Tolson, a native of Pinetops NC, was unanimously elected by the Board of Directors of the Carolinas Gateway Partnership to serve as the new President and CEO of the organization. "The Carolinas Gateway Partnership was created 20 years ago by the visionary leaders of Nash and Edgecombe counties in order to foster and lead economic growth for the counties by working together.  I am pleased to now become a part of the team and I am excited that the combined effort of our two counties will lead to further growth and prosperity," noted Tolson when his appointment was announced. Most recently Tolson served as a senior advisor for economic development with the Williams Mullen law firm.  Prior to that he was president and CEO of the North Carolina Biotechnology Center from 2007 - 2014.  He has also served as both the North Carolina Secretary of Commerce and the North Carolina Secretary of Transportation.  In 1999 Tolson served as the Chairman of the Nor ...

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