Press Releases

North Carolina Coronavirus Grants Awarded to 34 Communities

Thursday, Feb 18, 2021

Nearly $27 million in grants has been awarded to 34 municipal and county governments in North Carolina in response to the adverse economic and public health impacts of COVID-19, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

Forklift Manufacturer to Expand in Kinston

Thursday, Feb 18, 2021

Crown Equipment Corporation, a global lift truck manufacturer, expects to create more than 130 new jobs in Lenoir County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company is planning to invest up to $13 million to expand its manufacturing operations in Kinston.

Cardinal Foods Doubles Workforce in Pender County

Wednesday, Feb 17, 2021

Cardinal Foods LLC, a Burgaw agribusiness company that provides products and services across the eastern U.S., will create 48 new jobs as it launches a $15.5 million expansion at its Pender County operations, Governor Roy Cooper announced today.

Governor Names Department of Commerce Secretary

Friday, Feb 12, 2021

Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced that Machelle Sanders, current Secretary of the NC Department of Administration, will now serve as Secretary of the Department of Commerce. Sanders will replace Tony Copeland who stepped down at the end of January.

11 Exporters and Two Partners Receive N.C. Governor’s Awards

Wednesday, Feb 10, 2021

Today, Governor Roy Cooper announced 13 winners of the 2020 Governor’s Export Awards, ranging from a small wooden-boat builder in southeast North Carolina to one of the largest pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world.

North Carolina’s December County and Area Employment Figures Released

Wednesday, Feb 3, 2021

Unemployment rates (not seasonally adjusted) increased in 55 of North Carolina’s counties in December, decreased in 28, and remained unchanged in 17. Scotland County had the highest unemployment rate at 10.2 percent while Watauga County had the lowest at 4.3 percent.

29 Small Technology Companies Win Innovation Grants

Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021

Twenty-nine innovative companies across North Carolina have received grants to foster job creation and promote research and technological development in response to the pandemic, the Department of Commerce announced today.

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