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Leading Pressure Pipe Company to Create 44 Jobs in Columbus County at New Manufacturing Facility

April 9, 2021

RALEIGH — Pipeline Plastics Holdings, LLC, a leading manufacturer of high-performance industrial pipeline systems, will create 44 new jobs in Columbus County, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company will invest $4.6 million in a new production facility in Fair Bluff. “North Carolina’s appeal as a center for manufacturing continues to attract companies from many different industries,” said Governor Cooper. “Our focus on building a well-trained workforce, combined with North Carolina’s outstanding transportation networks and East Coast market access, offers companies like Pipeline Plastics the right ingredients for success.” Pipeline Plastics specializes in engineered solid wall polyethylene pipe, with a size range…

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State senators move to make nonprofit donor names private

April 9, 2021

by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — A new bill supported by influential N.C. senators would protect the confidentiality of donors to nonprofit organizations and charities. Senate Bill 636 would prevent the disclosure of the names of people giving money or property to nonprofit corporations, making their identities confidential. The bill would also prohibit legislators and government workers from disclosing confidential information they come across in the course of their work. Primary sponsors of the bill are Sens. Joyce Krawiec, R-Forsyth, Norm Sanderson, R-Craven, and Bob Steinburg, R-Chowan. Democratic Sen. Dan Blue, D-Wake, is a co-sponsor. No federal laws require…

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Wilmington-based CastleBranch working to protect private data from abuse and misuse by government and big tech corporations

April 9, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C., — Privacy concerns related to sharing COVID-19 vaccination status have driven Governor DeSantis of Florida and Governor Abbot of Texas to issue executive orders blocking mandated vaccine passports. CastleBranch — an infectious disease screening company — has already taken significant steps to protect private data from abuse and misuse by government and big tech corporations Located in North Carolina, CastleBranch has developed Real Vaccination ID, a driver’s license-sized card providing verified physical and digital proof of vaccination status. Prior to being issued a card, individuals are asked to submit proof of their vaccination status, along with their name, date of birth, address, photo ID and other personal…

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Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center receives Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation

April 9, 2021

BOLIVIA, N.C., April 8, 2021 ― Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center was recently awarded the five-star North Carolina Maternity Center Breastfeeding-Friendly Designation by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. The designation is based on the World Health Organization’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which support initiation, exclusivity and continuation of breastfeeding. “We are thrilled to be recognized for our Breastfeeding-Friendly initiatives,” said Pat Campbell, system administrative executive of the Novant Health Women & Children’s Health Institute. “Novant Health understands that women who choose to breastfeed may need extra support during their hospital stay. The evidence-based guidelines reinforced by the…

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CFCC Expands In-Person Instruction for Fall Semester

April 9, 2021

Wilmington, NC – Cape Fear Community College will increase in-person instruction for 2021 fall session classes. The majority of fall classes will be offered in a traditional face-to-face format with minimal online components.  Classes offered in the face-to-face format will include those that require hands-on instruction such as skilled trades and health sciences, as well as university transfer classes and general education labs. For students who prefer a virtual learning environment, online and hybrid options will also be available. “We are excited to be able to variety of instructional options for our students this fall,” said CFCC President Jim Morton. “Our…

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Dosher Foundation Welcomes New Development Specialist

April 9, 2021

SOUTHPORT – The Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation recently welcomed Toni McAndrews as the new Foundation Development Specialist.  Ms. McAndrews has an extensive background in fund raising, event planning, and marketing and public relations with several non-profit agencies in both NC and FL.  In her new role, Ms. McAndrews will work closely with Lynda Stanley, President of Dosher Memorial Hospital and the Dosher Foundation, and the Dosher Foundation Board, in event planning and additional fundraisings initiatives to assist Dosher in providing their patients with the finest healthcare equipment, programs, and services possible.   “We are grateful to have Toni on board with…

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Duke Energy, Wells Fargo, NextEra Energy Resources join forces on major solar expansion in North Carolina

April 8, 2021

Bank takes advantage of Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage program 58-megawatt solar power plant planned for Catawba County CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Wells Fargo has become the latest large energy user to execute a renewable power agreement under Duke Energy’s Green Source Advantage (GSA) program – building on the solar expansion in North Carolina. Wells Fargo will purchase more than 58 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity from the Blackburn Solar project, a planned facility on 600 acres in Catawba County. It will be developed, owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. Subject to local and state approvals, the…

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General Assembly to consider adding ‘right-to-work’ to N.C. Constitution

April 8, 2021

by Andrew Dun, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The General Assembly will consider a measure to enshrine North Carolina’s right-to-work policies in the state constitution. Sens. Carl Ford, R-Rowan, and Jim Burgin, R-Harnett, have introduced a bill — Senate Bill 624 — that would guarantee N.C. workers would not be forced to join a labor union or pay union dues as a condition of employment. Workers also could not be forced to remain apart from a union as a condition of employment. In essence, employees have the right — but not the obligation — to join a labor union. North Carolina…

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Novant Health announces Erik Helms as new senior vice president and chief payor performance officer

April 8, 2021

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., Novant Health has named Erik Helms as the new senior vice president and chief payor performance officer. In addition to leading the business development and sales team, he will oversee Novant Health’s payor relationships and lead the system’s pricing strategy. Helms will report to John Gizdic, executive vice president and chief business development officer, Novant Health. “We are excited to have Erik Helms spearhead Novant Health’s pricing strategy,” said Gizdic. “At Novant Health, we recognize that cost shouldn’t be a barrier for our communities to receive remarkable care. I’m confident that Erik’s extensive experience in driving successful business results…

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Control Over Personal Data Developing as Key Concern with Vaccine Passports

April 7, 2021

White House announces federal government will not store citizens’ vaccine data or status WILMINGTON, N.C., With the distribution of COVID-19 vaccinations well underway, many organizations in the United States are now turning their attention to vaccine passports – a way for individuals to prove they’ve received the COVID-19 vaccine. This includes the White House, which in March, suggested vaccine passports come in both a physical and digital form, include a scannable code, and are designed to protect an individual’s private data and information. While many companies are scrambling to build such a product, one North Carolina-based company has been providing COVID-19 vaccination IDs since…

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