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NC Commerce Secretary Visits Brunswick Manufacturing Facility

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NC Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla visited the Victaulic manufacturing facility located in Leland Industrial Park Friday morning to congratulate the company on its recent growth.

The Secretary’s visit coincides with Victaulic’s expansion plans to accommodate a new product line at their Leland facility.  Secretary Skvarla congratulated Victaulic on the addition of the new product and noted the concerted efforts of Facility Operations Manager Michael Reives in bringing the product line to the Leland facility. He complimented Brunswick County for its ongoing support of existing industries, in addition to its efforts to recruit new facilities.

“The highlight reel is the 80-yard touchdown pass, but at the end of the day, it’s the 50 and the 20 jobs day in and day out that makes us great,” said Secretary of Commerce John Skvarla. “Eighty-percent of North Carolina’s employers are small businesses. And we’ve lost sight of that fact, when 18 new jobs is huge.

“These are the kind of jobs that have a lot more stability. The Governor and I are absolutely devoted to making sure that our small- and medium-sized businesses get access, not only to the training and the resources, but to the capital they need. Everybody wants the headline and I want to look back in five years and say, ‘Wow, we’re just as solid as a rock.’ And you’re just doing it one step at a time. Everybody is reading off the same page in the handbook. It’s amazing how powerful we are when we play together. And we’ve seen massive transformation just in the last few years.”

Secretary Skvarla webReives thanked Secretary Skvarla on behalf of Victaulic for visiting the facility. He also thanked Jenni Harris with the Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Brunswick County leaders and Brunswick Community College for their support and assistance with the expansion. 

Brunswick County Director of Economic Development & Planning Mike Hargett echoed the Secretary’s congratulations and stated that he was very impressed with Reives’ innovative approach to remain competitive in a global environment.

“It’s really great that Victaulic has been here 25 years,” said Commissioner Pat Sykes. “The development of new products in Brunswick County and being shipped globally is outstanding. Our local small businesses are the backbone of our county and our state.”

"It's exciting to see these businesses in Brunswick County innovating and growing and creating jobs,” said Commissioner Frank Williams. “While it’s important to recruit new businesses, it’s also important to support existing businesses. We are thankful for Secretary Skvarla for coming to Brunswick County and seeing what is going on in our county.”

Victaulic provides innovative piping systems, technologies and services through its 14 major manufacturing facilities and 29 branches worldwide. The Leland facility was established in 1990 and currently has 120 full-time and 23 part-time employees.

Hotel, Mini-storage Facility On The Way To Leland

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By Cece Nunn, posted Feb 12, 2016

Officials in the growing town of Leland expects tourism business to expand along with its population. Recently, tourism and business leaders have been traveling to other areas in the U.S. to encourage more visitors to take advantage of the northern Brunswick County town’s features.

“We just came back from Washington, D.C. promoting golf in the area, and we go next Thursday to Cleveland to promote golf in the area,” said Dana Fisher, executive director of the Northern Brunswick Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Center, on Thursday. “Then we’ll go to Pittsburgh in March. We’re trying to get people coming down that generally go to Myrtle Beach that will stop here and play golf.” 

New hotel rooms will help in the efforts by Fisher, the Leland Tourism Development Authority and others to highlight golf courses, among other attractions, in and around Leland. A new golf course is expected to open at Compass Pointe in May, and the Wells Fargo Championship golf tournament, a stop on the PGA Tour, that will be held at Eagle Point Golf Club in Wilmington in May 2017 is expected to fill up hotels from Myrtle Beach to Jacksonville.

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Fairfield Inn planned for Leland

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Published: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:38 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:38 p.m.

LELAND -- A Fayetteville developer plans to bring a 90-room Fairfield Inn to Leland, he said Wednesday.

Rajan Shamdasani and his son-in-law, Manoj Bhatia, want to build the four-story building next to a 75,000-square-foot Ultimate Storage building also being built by Bhatia and his wife, Shelley. The properties will be at 1214 and 1218 Westgate Drive, near the Walmart and Best Western.

After planning the storage facility, the family realized they had three extra acres of land. Following some research, they settled on a hotel, which town officials said is indicative of the demand in the area.

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Internet Assessment Underway in Brunswick County

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In view of the growing importance of internet service for business and for residential use, Brunswick County formed a Task Team of community representatives to assess the availability and demand for internet service throughout the county. A key element of the assessment effort is a community survey being conducted between February 1 and March 18.

The attached brief survey will assist the Task Team in identifying deficiencies and possible ways to improve the availability of service. The results of the survey will be shared with internet service providers to identify ways to improve service throughout the county. In addition to common internet uses like checking email or social media, the survey is intended to address current or possible future uses like online text books for students, medical record access for patients, telecommuting (working from home) and global business connections.

The survey is available online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VS6M5TB or by sending the completed survey by mail to Brunswick County Planning, PO Box 249, Bolivia, 28422; by email to Connie.Marlowe@brunswickcountync.gov; or, by fax to 253-2437.

For additional information, please call 253-2033.

Brunswick Realtors: Home Sales Reached 7-year High In 2015

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By Cece Nunn, posted Jan 26, 2016

The number of homes sold in Brunswick County in 2015 rose more than 23 percent compared to the previous year, according to statistics released this week by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.  

The figures represent a seven-year high for the BCAR'S MLS. In addition to 517 more units sold in 2015, total dollars from sales jumped 31 percent, and the average sales price increased more than 7 percent over 2014.

“The numbers are impressive and moving in a very positive direction,” said Cynthia Cumbie, CEO of BCAR, in an email Monday evening.

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New incubator looks to spur manufacturing in Brunswick

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The 4,900-square-foot facility will be able to host 3 businesses

Published: Monday, January 25, 2016 at 12:37 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2016 at 3:55 p.m.

LELAND -- Small manufacturing businesses in Brunswick County will soon have a little bit of help.

Tuesday, Brunswick County Community College will host a ribbon cutting at the Brunswick Business and Industry Incubator. Located at the college's Leland Center, the incubator will be the first of its kind in the county.

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Sales In Some Brunswick Neighborhoods Broke Records In 2015

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By Cece Nunn, posted Jan 25, 2016

As new residents continued to flock to parts of southeastern North Carolina from colder states, some Brunswick County communities broke home-sale records in 2015.

On the southern end of the county, St. James Plantation celebrated one of its best years “since the start of the 21st century,” with nearly $60 million in sales and more than $80 million in new home construction, said Dan Kingsbury, vice president of sales and marketing.

“We continue to benefit from the continuing migration of retirees from the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to the North Carolina Coast,” Kingsbury said in a news release. “We expect that trend will continue to drive sales for the foreseeable future as more of the [baby-boomer] generation reaches retirement age and starts thinking about leaving the snow and cold weather behind.”

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RTM lite USA to be First Tenant in Brunswick Community College Incubator

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RTM lite USA announced today that it has chosen the Brunswick Community College Business Incubator for their plastics injection molding operation.  An example of the products they will manufacture at  this location is the fin found on surfboards.  RTM lite USA is an Australian company that will become incorporated in the state of North Carolina, moving their manufacturing process from China to the United States.   The project will create approximately six to fourteen new jobs during the first two years of operations, with an additional five to eight sales people located across the US and neighboring countries.     

“We look forward to beginning operations at our manufacturing facility in the Brunswick Community College Business Incubator,” said Scott Crump, President of RTM lite USA.  “Brunswick County’s central East Coast location and business-friendly environment were major factors in choosing the location to bring our manufacturing processes to the United States.  The Brunswick Community College Leland Center’s close proximity and access to the Port of Wilmington will facilitate quick distribution of our product to customers located across the globe.  The Business Incubator’s location within the Brunswick Community College Leland Center provides quality education, one-on-one business start-up counseling, resources, referrals, career and workforce training opportunities and the competitive edge businesses need to succeed.  RTM lite USA explored several real estate options in Brunswick County, as well as surrounding communities, and we chose the facility that could meet our aggressive timeline to start operations and accommodate future growth.  Production is scheduled to begin in October 2013.”  

“The location of RTM lite USA in the Brunswick Community College Business Incubator is great news for Brunswick County and an excellent fit with the announcement today of the expansion of this incubator,” said Jim Bradshaw, Director of Brunswick County Economic Development Commission.  “The Business Incubator is representative of the great partnership between the county and Brunswick Community College.  The existing and future incubator space at Brunswick Community College was designed to attract small businesses and entrepreneurs by providing affordable space with professional staff assistance to begin their operations. Though the entrepreneur may only start with three to five jobs when in the incubator, by the time they leave the incubator and can afford to set up their own operations, a much larger investment with additional employees will have a much better impact on the region’s economy.”

The Brunswick Community College Business Incubator in Brunswick Community College's Leland Center, located in the Leland Industrial Park, maintains a commitment to economic development by providing educational programs to the community that enhance marketplace knowledge, skills and abilities.  The Leland Center responds rapidly and effectively to meet the needs of business and industry through its adaptability.  The business and industry services provided by the Center include: work-based assessments, pre-employment training, trades programs, entrepreneurial counseling and seminars, computer labs, distance learning capabilities, and customized training.  The same talented and responsive staff that operate the BCC Leland Center oversee and maintain the Incubator.   The Incubator has been awarded a $400,000 grant from the EDA and Golden Leaf for expansion, eliminating any mortgage on the facility.