• News for Economic

    Monday, August 27, 2018
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce will be holding a “State of the Region” luncheon on Wednesday September 5, 2018 from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  This year’s event will be hosted by Sysco of Raleigh at 1032 Baugh Rd, Selma, NC 27576.  Pre-registration and photo ID will be required to enter the facility. The towns of Princeton, Selma, Smithfield, and Wilson’s Mills will report on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release, Business, Community, Education
    Monday, April 02, 2018
    Raleigh, NC, April 2, 2018 - Capital Area Workforce Development Board is pleased to announce the immediate launch of CATALYST 20/20, a program offering up to 20,000 to eligible businesses in Wake and Johnston counties for the training and development of their existing workforce. CATALYST 20/20 seeks to fuel growth, productivity and profitability of our regional businesses by strengthening the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Thursday, November 30, 2017
    Highway Upgrades, Workforce Skills, Industry-Ready Sites and Buildings Are Top Priorities for One of North Carolina’s Fastest-Growing CountiesJohnston County, N.C. – November 30, 2017. Jobs and population are growing at rates faster than the state or nation, and that puts a premium on transportation improvements, occupational skills and buildable industrial properties. Those were among the key ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article, Political, Community, Education, Human Interest, Press Release
    Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    The Town  of Selma's Planning and Economic Development Office, Johnston County 's Economic Development Office and the Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce  are  pleased to announce a ribbon cutting ceremony to honor the Selma Ethanol Project on Tuesday, September 26th at 10:00 a.m. at Bailey Feed Mill,  404 E. Preston Street, Selma, North Carolina.   This innovative project is a partnership ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Press Release
    Friday, August 04, 2017
    Organization for International Investment Joins Governor and Novo Nordisk Leaders for Clayton Event  Johnston County, N.C. – August 4, 2017. Governor Roy Cooper chose Novo Nordisk, which is now roughly doubling its bio-manufacturing operations in Clayton, as the site of a July 26th proclamation on North Carolina’s global investment policy.   “Foreign direct investment supports nearly a ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, February 07, 2017
    SMITHFIELD, North Carolina — The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce culminated its 2016 year at its 47th Annual Meeting with a farewell bid to its President of 30 years, Rick Childrey; recognitions of members who earned special honors; and, a passing of the gavel from 2016 Board Chair Dr. Dwight Morris, Executive Director of the Johnston County Partnership for Children, to 2017 ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Chamber, Press Release
    Tuesday, November 01, 2016
    Center is a job placement resource for JCC students and area employers. Johnston Community College is pleased to announce the opening of its Career Services Center. The center provides a variety of services to help students develop job search skills and locate employment. The center is located in the Wilson Building, Room 1034, just across from Student Services. Career Center staff assist ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, October 12, 2016
    Smithfield NC – On Monday, the Johnston County Commissioners and the Johnston County Economic Development Advisory Board recognized Sysco Foods of Selma for their commitment to Johnston County and community support by honoring the company with the County’s “Industry Appreciation” award. This award is presented quarterly to Johnston County Industries. “Existing Industries and Businesses are ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Wednesday, September 07, 2016
    BY DREW JACKSON Smithfield Herald Johnston County has no doubt seen its share of bumper crops, but nothing might ever compare to the past 12 months. When the Novo Nordisk and Grifols expansions are in full swing in a couple of years, their construction zones, with a combined 5,000 workers, will be the fourth largest town in Johnston County. Of the $3.4 billion in planned investments announced ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, August 29, 2016
    BY ABBIE BENNETT The Smithfield Herald   More people are visiting Johnston County and spending more money here, according to a recent report from Visit North Carolina.   The amount of money spent by visitors to Johnston climbed 3 percent in 2015 over 2014, to $221.72 million up from $214.94 million the year before, according to the report.   Donna Bailey-Taylor, head of the Johnston County ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Monday, August 15, 2016
    BY ABBIE BENNETT Reporter, Smithfield Herald Railroad company CSX didn’t choose Johnston County for a $272 million cargo hub. That loss weighs on Selma, Smithfield and Johnston County leaders, who spoke Tuesday during the third annual State of Our Communities luncheon, a project of the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce. “Any State of the Communities address this year should probably ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Monday, August 01, 2016
    A delegation of twelve community leaders from Johnston County traveled to Covington, Georgia on July 11-12 to learn about the impact that major economic development projects have on local communities.   “It was a great learning experience,” said Rick Childrey, president of the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce.  “The Novo Nordisk and Grifols expansions will have a positive effect ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Thursday, July 14, 2016
    From JoCoReport.com A family owned Johnston County business is getting some national exposure.  Evans Jewelers, which opened their new location at 320 East Market Street in Downtown Smithfield last September is featured this month in Southern Jewelry News.  Anna Evans said the publication is distributed to the jewelry industry and all jewelry stores in the Southeast and Midwest. Evans Jewelers ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, June 21, 2016
    Raleigh, N.C. – The National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation has cited 44 North Carolina communities for economic vitality and fidelity in following the best-practice standards for historic preservation and community revitalization championed by the center.  Eleven new communities joined the ranks of accredited North Carolina communities as compared ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Economic
    Thursday, June 02, 2016
    From JoCoReport.com The Deacon Jones Automotive Group announced Tuesday they are adding a new franchise to their presence in Wayne County Goldsboro area: Stevenson Honda of Goldsboro.  The new name will be Deacon Jones Honda of Goldsboro. Ken Jones, President said, “We are pleased to announce the addition of Honda to the Deacon Jones family of dealerships. We’ll be able to provide our community ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, May 31, 2016
    North Carolina has received approval for the names of two new interstate route designations in the eastern part of the state, that’s according to a press release from Governor Pat McCrory’s office. The release states that the American Association of State and Transportation Officials approved I-42 for the U.S. 70 Corridor between I-40 in Johnston County and Morehead City, and I-87 for U.S. 64/17 ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Friday, May 20, 2016
    Raleigh is now bigger than Omaha, Durham has more residents than St. Petersburg, Fla., and eight of the 25 fastest-growing municipalities in North Carolina last year were in the Triangle, according to the latest estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau’s annual report on municipal population shows most of the big gainers are in the South and West, matching the shift in the nation’s ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Tuesday, May 17, 2016
    The folowing letter to the editor is from 2016 Chamber Board Chair Dwight Morris: What a fantastic opportunity Johnston County has to break through a long term barrier in new jobs and growth. Our roots are deep and quality of life important to every Johnstonian.   Some of us remember the amusement park carousel where you spent the entire ride hanging on for dear life as you tried to grab the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Friday, May 13, 2016
    A lot of people in and around Four Oaks are angry with Mayor Linwood Parker for trying to convince CSX to build a cargo-container hub on 450 acres south of town. We get that, but some of the charges levied against the mayor are baseless at best, slanderous at worst. At a meeting of opponents held late last month, one speaker claimed, with no evidence, that the mayor stood to gain financially from ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Monday, May 09, 2016
    This letter to the editor was written by Eric Brownlee of Smithfield. There has been tension in Johnston County recently. The subject of this tension: the locating of a CSX transportation hub along the railroad tracks on the Interstate 95 corridor. The causes of the tension: politicians with their finger in the air, misinformation from some of the opponents and no real answers for those ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Wednesday, March 30, 2016
    US 70 from Raleigh to Morehead City has been designated a "future interstate" by the U. S. Department of Transportation. An unveiling ceremony on March 30 featured the following guests: Gov. Pat McCrory, U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, Goldsboro Mayor Chuck Allen, Wayne County Commission Chairman Joe Daughtery, Super 70 Corridor Commission Chair Ted Godwin, NCDOT Secretary Nick Tennyson, Board Member ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Wednesday, March 09, 2016
    By Eric Palmer FiercePharma Manufacturing Grifols, the Spain-based specialist in blood plasma products, last year opened a $370 million plasma fractionation plant in Clayton, NC, but has now decided that is not enough to meet growing demand. It says it will invest $360 million to build out four projects to ensure it has the capacity it needs over the next 15 years, including two new facilities ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, March 03, 2016
    Johnston Community College is pleased to name Grifols its 2015 Business and Industry Partner of the Year. The award was announced Feb. 18 at the College’s annual Breakfast before Business event. Grifols was selected for the honor based on its continued commitment to educational educational programs and opportunities for business and industry,” said Dr. David Johnson, JCC president. “They also ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Education, Press Release
    Wednesday, December 02, 2015
    BY TAYLOR KNOPF Staff Writer, The Smithfield Herald The oil terminals here are set to grow. Earlier this month, Eco-Energy Distribution Services, a biofuel supply company, announced its plans to start construction at the oil terminals. The company has also entered a service agreement with Marathon Petroleum Co. LP, which will upgrade its terminal to receive, store and load biofuels, according ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Friday, November 20, 2015
    The Johnston County Visitors Bureau was recently honored with 2 awards, presented at the recent annual North Carolina Tourism Leadership Conference, held each year by the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina. The JCVB won a Gold Destination Marketing Achievement Award in Advertising for their Girlfriends Getaway Print Advertising Campaign. In addition, they also won a Gold ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, November 19, 2015
    By Jason deBruyn Staff Writer, Triangle Business Journal Although just 45 minutes away from Raleigh, communities in rural parts of the Triangle’s outlying counties face much different economic development challenges than Wake or Durham. Just to the east, Wilson and Edgecombe counties have an unemployment rates of 9.4 percent and 9.3 percent, respectively, the third and fourth highest in the ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Tuesday, November 17, 2015
    From WTSB Radio JoCo Report In early October, Smithfield Manor Nursing and Rehab received the Bronze – Commitment to Quality Award. This award was given in recognition for dedication to improving the lives of residents through quality care.  It was given through the National Quality Award Program, presented by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living in San ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Wednesday, November 04, 2015
    The Town of Smithfield has received a $175,000 grant from the N.C. Rural Infrastructure Authority. The money will help turn an old building on South Bright Leaf Boulevard into a new home for an expanding industry. Atlantic Resources Inc. company designs, fabricates and installs mechanical systems, thermal imaging and related solutions for industrial and agricultural clients. The company’s plans ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Wednesday, November 04, 2015
    By Jeff Jeffrey, Staff Writer Triangle Business Journal The effort to complete the 540 Outer Loop around the greater Raleigh area has cleared a significant procedural hurdle, the N.C. Department of Transportation says. The Federal Highway Administration has signed off on an environmental impact statement for the project. The FHA’s approval will allow NCDOT to begin holding public meetings to ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Friday, October 16, 2015
    By Drew Jackson, Reporter The News and Observer jdjackson@newsobserver.com When picturing the Johnston County of the future, its highways and byways are a good place to start. Earlier this month, The Clayton Center played host to the kickoff for a study that will analyze transportation demands from Garner to Interstate 95 in Smithfield. With the area poised for growth, thanks in part to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Wednesday, September 30, 2015
    BY JOHN HAMLIN Staff Reporter, Smithfield Herald jhamlin@newsobserver.com The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is inching closer to reality, with the developers submitting detailed documents to federal regulators and announcing plans to open an office in Smithfield. On Sept. 18, the energy companies behind the $5 billion project formally submitted an application to the Federal Energy Regulatory ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    An award-winning Johnston County brewing company has quickly developed a statewide presence by partnering with a North Carolina beer and wine distributor. Larry and Cheryl Lane started Double Barley Brewing near Wilson’s Mills less than two years ago. In that short time, Double Barley has won a gold medal in the N.C. Brewers Cup for its Thrilla In Vanilla Porter. In addition, beer lovers can find ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Friday, September 11, 2015
    Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber Statement on Quality EducationAdopted by Chamber Board of Directors 6/23/2015 The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce strongly believes that quality education contributes significantly to our county’s economic health and that it is an issue that concerns everyone in Johnston County -- citizens and business community alike. We are committed to ...read more
    Categories: Community, Education, Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Friday, September 04, 2015
    Johnston Community College, Johnston County Economic Development, and other community partners celebrated 10 years of success at the Johnston County Workforce Development Center during a luncheon on Tuesday. College, county, and industrial leaders gathered to recognize the collaborative effort which created the 30,000-square foot education and training center in 2005. The purpose of the Workforce ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Education
    Tuesday, August 25, 2015
    Belk executives say they don’t expect customers and employees to see big changes from the deal announced Monday to sell the Charlotte-based department store chain to a New York private equity firm for $3 billion.No store closings or layoffs are planned at the nation’s largest family-controlled department store, and the buyer, Sycamore Partners, supports the company’s brand and merchandise ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    By John Hamlin, Reporter The Smithfield Herald Johnston County, Smithfield and Selma are on solid ground but will need to remain vigilant about growth, education and economic development.   That was the message of county and local leaders at the 2015 State of Our Communities Luncheon, held at Sysco Food Services in Selma and hosted by the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce.   The brightest ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community, Chamber
    Tuesday, August 04, 2015
    By Teri Saylor, Correspondent Smithfield Herald Hula Girl Ice Cream and Grill came from humble beginnings. The Selma restaurant, which serves burgers, hot dogs, wings and steaks, got its start as an ice cream stand that Rose Pittman and her husband, Ray, set up as a way to make extra money. “We both had full-time jobs, but we needed to earn some extra income,” Pittman said. “So we bought a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Monday, July 27, 2015
    RALEIGH - A project is about to begin that will improve traffic flow along U.S. 70 between Selma and Princeton in Johnston County. Starting Monday, July 27, the N.C. Department of Transportation will close a section of U.S. 70 Business/Peedin Road Ext. at the intersection with U.S. 70. This closure will allow crews with Flatiron Constructors Inc. of Broomfield Co. to convert this intersection ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Press Release
    Thursday, July 16, 2015
    BY JOHN HAMLIN Staff Writer, Smithfield Herald jhamlin@newsobserver.com SMITHFIELD - One of downtown’s most popular eateries has a new name. On July 1, Gandolfo’s New York Delicatessen opened its doors as Gotham’s Deli. The old red-white-and-green logo is gone, replaced by a new brand that features a silhouette of the New York skyline and blue-and-orange color scheme inspired by the New York ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Monday, July 13, 2015
    This week, AdVenture Development, LLC announced its recent accreditation by BBB serving Eastern North Carolina.  As a BBB Accredited Business, AdVenture Development is dedicated to promoting trust in the marketplace.  BBB Accredited Businesses must adhere to BBB’s “Standards for Trust,” a comprehensive set of policies, procedures and best practices representing trustworthiness in the ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Monday, May 04, 2015
    By John Hamlin, jhamlin@newsobserver.com North Carolina’s delegation in Washington has introduced bipartisan legislation that would pave the way for U.S. 70 to become an interstate highway in Johnston County. Known as The Military Corridor Transportation Improvement Act of 2015, the bill would make U.S. 70 a “high priority corridor” from its intersection with Interstate 40 in Garner to the state ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Monday, April 06, 2015
    April Is Community Banking Month The Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and KS Bank joins the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks to recognize ICBA Community Banking Month in April—a month dedicated to celebrating the longstanding tradition of local hometown community banking. Throughout the month, ICBA will encourage consumers, entrepreneurs, farmers and ranchers to learn more ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Monday, March 30, 2015
    From the Johnston County Economic Development Office Smithfield NC – OPW Retail Fueling of Smithfield has been given a “Rising Star” award and designation from the North Carolina Department of Labor for their continued commitment to employee safety.    “As a small business owner myself, and with a background in the insurance business, I know firsthand the importance of worksite and employee ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, March 27, 2015
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce is requesting that the North Carolina General Assembly study the state's economic development tier system. The current system for distributing economic and job creation assistance from the State of North Carolina was established in 1996 and is based on a county’s unemployment rate, median household income, population growth and assessed ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, March 11, 2015
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has adopted a position statement in support of hospital issues before the North Carolina General Assembly this year. Johnston Health is the largest employer in the Smithfield-Selma area and one of the largest in Johnston County.  Hospitals, who provide care for anyone, regardless of their ability to pay, are in the midst of transforming ...read more
    Categories: Community, Press Release, Chamber, Economic
    Monday, March 02, 2015
    The local ham producer's product is highlighted in the March 2015 issue as part of a recipe for Carolina Colcannon, a traditional Irish dish of white potatoes and greens. The Southern version features North Carolina sweet potatoes and collards, with ham for St. Patrick's Day, or year round. The story can be found on Page 57 of the magazine. Rufus Brown’s job title is uppercase: Curemaster. His ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Monday, December 22, 2014
    For the 20th time, the financial services firm Edward Jones ranked No. 1 in WealthManagement.com's (formerly Registered Rep) annual survey of the nation's six largest financial services firms, according to Don Duggin, financial advisor of the local Booker Dairy Road office. Three Edward Jones agents in the area are active in the Smithfield-Selma Chamber, including Jeff Navarro of the Venture Drive ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, October 30, 2014
    BY LAURA FINALDI The Smithfield Herald The Johnston County airport has christened a new, bigger terminal built to accommodate its growth. On Thursday, October 30, 2014, the airport – now re-branded as Johnston Regional Airport – celebrated the opening of the 8,600-square-foot terminal on Swift Creek Road. About 100 people, including elected officials and business leaders, attended a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Wednesday, October 01, 2014
    By Laura Finaldi The Smithfield Herald SMITHFIELD — A widening and second extension of Booker Dairy Road has made the short list of rural road projects that Gov. Pat McCory wants done right away. To kick-start his 25-year transportation plan, McCrory wants the General Assembly to borrow $1 billion. In Smithfield, the money would reroute the eastern end of Booker Dairy Road, carrying it behind ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Community
    Tuesday, September 02, 2014
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke Energy and Piedmont Natural Gas today announced the selection of Dominion to build and operate a 550-mile interstate natural gas pipeline from West Virginia, through Virginia and into eastern North Carolina to meet the region’s rapidly growing demand for natural gas. Called the “Atlantic Coast Pipeline,” it also is expected to serve as a key infrastructure engine to drive ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Press Release
    Wednesday, June 25, 2014
    Jason deBruyn Staff Writer- Triangle Business Journal Grifols, a producer of plasma-derived medicines, celebrated the grand opening of it's newest facility, an expansion at its current site on U.S. 70 east of Clayton. When fully operational, the facility will employ more than 200 and almost double its plasma production capacity to 6 million liters annually. Grifols products are used to treat ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, General News Article
    Friday, June 06, 2014
    Effective August 1, 2014 Industrial Park Drive will be renamed Outlet Center Drive. Businesses affected by the name change will receive notices in the mail detailing information on street numbering and address change cards for the post office. The road's name will change in both Smithfield and Selma. Since the Chamber is located on Industrial Park Drive, our new street address will be 1115 Outlet ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Friday, March 28, 2014
    The Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year Award is given in memory of the 1976 President of the Chamber. Mr. Creech operated Creech’s Pharmacy in downtown Smithfield for some 40 years and was the epitome of a business and community leader. The award is given to people who emulate this fine man. It is sponsored annually by Stancil Oil Company.   When this Small Business Award winner was ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Friday, March 14, 2014
    Johnston Community College in partnership with the Johnston County Chambers of Commerce hosted the Breakfast before Business event Friday, Feb. 28 on the main campus in Smithfield. Some 150 business and community leaders attended the breakfast, which was sponsored by First Citizens Bank, Four Oaks Bank, and KS Bank. The College recognized Sona BLW Precision Forge, Inc. as the recipient of its ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, Press Release
    Friday, March 07, 2014
    On Monday, March 3, the Johnston County Commissioners and the Johnston County Economic Development Advisory Board recognized Carolina Packers of Smithfield for their long standing commitment to Johnston County by honoring the company with the County’s first “Industry Appreciation” award.  This award will be presented quarterly to Johnston County Industries.  “As we grow and prospered as a ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Press Release
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014
    In 2007, Selma Elementary, a Title 1 school in Johnston County, started the county’s first Dual Language program with one class of 25 kindergarten students comprised of both native English and Spanish speakers.    Today, Selma Elementary School has 15 classrooms of students learning English and Spanish in kindergarten through fifth grade.    Recently released test scores from the North ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Education, Community, Press Release
    Friday, January 24, 2014
    It all started with a home, or more specifically, a home loan to a local family who dreamed of home ownership.   The primary objective in organizing Kenly Building and Loan on April 28, 1924  was to provide home loans to individuals in Kenly, NC and in the broader Johnston County area.  The offices of the organization operated out of the back of the Bank of Kenly facility from 1924 until ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community, Press Release
    Thursday, January 23, 2014
    Clayton, NC industrial staffing poised for growth    Clayton, NC, Jan. 22, 2014 – The rapidly growing Staffing Solutions Division of Belcan Corporation, located in Clayton, NC, will be rebranded BelFlex Staffing Network and launched as a sister company to Belcan, effective 1/9/2014. While Ohio-based Belcan Corporation continues to focus on providing engineering solutions to clients around ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, General News Article, Press Release
    Monday, December 09, 2013
    Sysco Corporation (NYSE:SYY) and US Foods today announced an agreement to merge, creating a world-class foodservice company. The total enterprise value of the transaction is approximately $8.2 billion and the combination has been approved by the Board of Directors of each company. Bill DeLaney, Sysco president and chief executive officer, will lead the combined company, which will continue to ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber, Press Release
    Monday, November 04, 2013
    By Paula Seligson, The Smithfield Herald — pseligson@newsobserver.com North Carolina’s secretary of commerce visited Johnston County last week, outlining five ways the state can grow its economy and how Johnston is well positioned to be part of that growth. Sharon Decker was keynote speaker for the annual Johnston County Economic Development Luncheon, held Oct. 29 at the Agricultural Center near ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, General News Article
    Thursday, October 10, 2013
    By Paula Seligson, Staff Writer, The Smithfield Herald — pseligson@newsobserver.com WILSON’S MILLS — Johnston County’s newest brewery began as a birthday present. When Cheryl Lane gave her husband Larry a brew kit for his 40th birthday, neither thought the gift would lead to Double Barley Brewing, which opened this month on U.S. 70. By training, the Lanes are mechanical engineers who ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, October 04, 2013
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has recognized a long-time Chamber member for a new building and outdoor improvements it made at the corner of Buffalo Road and Booker Dairy Road in Smithfield. The State Employees Credit Union opened a new branch on an eight-acre tract of land earlier in the year, and the Chamber presented its Visual Improvement Award to the company on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    At a special meeting prior to its regular monthly meeting on October 1, the Smithfield Town Council adopted a proclamation recognizing the Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce for its contributions to the town's economy, business and quality of life. Also at the meeting, the Chamber showed its new economic development videos to the council. Four Oaks Bank & Trust had just ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic, Political
    Wednesday, October 02, 2013
    Johnston Community College has a new Small Business Director, effective September 18. She is Patricia (Pat) Killette. Ms. Killette has been the SBC Director at Wilson Community College for eight years. She is a resident of Johnston County and has owned a business here. Pat has also been an instructor for the SBC at JCC. Pat brings a wealth of knowledge on a variety of topics and will truly be ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Education
    Tuesday, October 01, 2013
    Atlantic Coast Protein Corporation (APC, Inc.) has been recognized by the North Carolina Department of Labor with a prestigious SHARP Award. The company, located on Noble Street in Selma, has had 4,000 working days without an accident, an outstanding safety record. N.C. Commissioner of Labor Cherie Berry presented the award at a ceremony at the plant on Monday, September 30. Company owner Aage ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, September 12, 2013
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce has developed this local federal legislative agenda:    Transportation / Interstate 95  While the Chamber is on record supporting the improvement of Interstate 95, we find the proposed tolling plan released by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in 2012 to be unacceptable. The plan is grossly unfair to the thousands of citizens ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Political
    Thursday, September 12, 2013
    By Paula Seligson, The Smithfield Herald Novo Nordisk will spend $102 million to expand its plant on Powhatan Road, creating 110 jobs, mostly in production. The company, based in Denmark, came to Johnston County in 1996. Its plant here employs 550 people who make products that treat diabetes. Company executives announced the expansion at the September county commissioners meeting. Lars ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Friday, August 09, 2013
    The JobLink Career Center has made several changes! Name:  Capital Area Workforce Center Location:  300 S. 3rd Street, Suite A, Smithfield, NC 27577 Telephone: 919-934-4032 Website:  www.ncworks.gov -- the JobLink website will only be available for a short while longer -- please register at the new site •'NCWorks Online' is the state's response to heightened demand from employers for better ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Wednesday, July 17, 2013
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce traveled to Raleigh on July 15 and met with the Johnston County legislative delegation. The meeting was organized by the Chamber’s Public Policy Committee and gave members an opportunity to address business issues with the state leaders. Public Policy Committee Chair Bill Galloway stated that the meeting was a success, and he hoped to make ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, May 29, 2013
    Belk of Smithfield celebrated the company's 125th Anniversary on May 29 with food, giveaways and a special sale. “Our 125th anniversary is an opportunity for us to say a big thank you to everyone who has made Belk successful over the past 125 years,” said Tim Belk, chairman and CEO, Belk, Inc. “Thank you to our associates, our customers, our communities, and our vendor partners.  We look ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Wednesday, May 01, 2013
    The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation has been designated as an accredited National Main Street Program for meeting the commercial district revitalization performance standards set by the National Main Street Center®, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Each year, the National Main Street Center and its partners announce the list of accredited Main Street® ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Wednesday, April 24, 2013
    RALEIGH — It might be the start of construction season, but a major improvement project is getting ready to wrap up in Smithfield one month early. Beginning around 11 a.m.on Wednesday, April 24, drivers will be able to use the new bridge on U.S. 70 Business/West Market Street over the Neuse River. The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation held a brief ceremony at 10 a.m. to celebrate the ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Friday, April 05, 2013
    The Chamber recently presented a Distinguished Citizen Award to a person who has held numerous leadership roles and been active in the Smithfield-Selma area since locating here in 1961. He is Graham Riley Neville. Graham has long been an outstanding leader and able to motivate others to work together for the common goal.  He has never been one to shy away from a challenge and has always been ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Chamber
    Friday, March 22, 2013
    North Carolina Department of Transportation Chief Operating Officer Jim Trogdon today joined N.C. Board of Transportation member Gus Tulloss and local leaders to dedicate a section of Interstate 95 from Exit 95 in Smithfield to Exit 97 in Selma as the Dick Fleming Freeway in honor of the late local businessman, Dick Fleming. "Due in great part to Dick's pioneering efforts, this entire ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Community, Economic
    Thursday, March 14, 2013
    The Chamber presented a Visual Improvement Award to Hula Girl Ice Cream and Grill. Located in the heart of the Selma Antique District, the restaurant features daily lunch and dinner sandwich specials. In addition, Hula Girl features over 50 flavors of Hershey's Ice Cream in cones, banana splits and milk shakes. Ray and Rose Pittman, who own the business, recently made outdoor improvements, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Friday, February 15, 2013
    The Jimmy Creech Small Business Person of the Year Award is given in memory of the 1976 President of the Chamber. Mr. Creech operated Creech’s Pharmacy in downtown Smithfield for some 40 years and was the epitome of a business and community leader. The award is given to people who emulate this fine man. It is sponsored annually by Stancil Oil Company.   This year The Chamber Awards ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Chamber
    Friday, February 15, 2013
        SALISBURY - On Thursday, January 31, Millard and Patricia Stallings were honored as 2012 Main Street Champions at the North Carolina Main Street Annual Awards Ceremony in Salisbury. The Stallings were selected by Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation for this special recognition in appreciation of their exceptional contributions to the downtown revitalization process. Along ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic, Community
    Tuesday, October 23, 2012
    By Derek Quizon, The Smithfield Heralddquizon@newsobserver.com Johnston Health plans to expand aggressively in the near future, chief executive Chuck Elliott told Smithfield-Selma Chamber members at a Good Morning Smithfield-Selma breakfast on October 18.. The county-owned hospital system plans to add 50 inpatient beds at its hospital in Clayton and eight inpatient rehab beds in Smithfield, ...read more
    Categories: Community, Chamber, Economic
    Friday, October 05, 2012
    North Carolina ranks No. 26 in the latest State Entrepreneurship Index from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, jumping 12 spots from No. 38 a year earlier. To determine the rankings, University of Nebraska researchers assign each state a score based on five factors: the net growth in business establishments, business formation rate, patents per thousand residents and average proprietor ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Sunday, September 30, 2012
    By Derek Quizon Staff Writer, The Smithfield Herald SMITHFIELD - More than 100 community leaders and business owners gathered Wednesday morning for the annual Johnston County Economic Development Luncheon. The themes this year: recovery and revitalization. The luncheon is hosted each year by the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce and other Chambers of Commerce in Johnston County. The ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, August 09, 2012
    The Chamber held a ribbon cutting on August 8 for Don Beto's Tacos, located at 720 Ricks Road (behind McDonald's) in Selma. The new restaurant specializes in authentic Mexican cuisine. The owner is Marcos Jaramillo and the manager is Alejandra Moreno Phone number for the new business, which also has a drive thru window, is 919-202-4566. 
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, June 28, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - After an extensive renovation of its store in West Smithfield, Roses company officials celebrated with a grand re-opening on Thursday morning, June 28. The store has been painted throughout. New display shelves, merchandise and signage has been added and new product lines have been acquired. Roses, owned by Variety Wholesalers of Henderson, has had a presence in the Smithfield-Selma ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Friday, June 15, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - The Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on June 14 at a new Boost Mobile/Virgin Wireless store in Smithfield. Triangle Wireless opened its eleventh store at 1006 N. Bright Leaf Boulevard, right next to Dunkin' Donuts. Stephanie Michel, the owner of Triangle Wireless, said the store offers all types of wireless services, including 3G and 4G mobile phones, ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, June 07, 2012
    SMITHFIELD - Another new business has joined the Smithfield-Selma Chamber of Commerce! Ambassadors and Chamber leaders assist Financial Advisor Phil Smith at the ribbon cutting for a new Edward Jones Investments near Holt Lake, south of Smithfield. The office is located at 3560 US Hwy. 301 South, Suite B, Smithfield. Sandy Sedel is the branch office administrator. The company offers a variety of ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, May 24, 2012
    Research Triangle Region, N.C. – Research Triangle Region employment grew by 15,596 in 2011 following two years of decline, while other economic indicators pointed to recovery: 12 of 13 counties gained employment; wages grew 4.8 percent, the largest rise since 2005; and office vacancies declined to 16 percent, from 17 percent the year before. “Our region’s diverse, innovation-based ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Tuesday, May 15, 2012
     PINE LEVEL – Smithfield-Selma Chamber member Starlight Cases™ has announced the development of two new products designed to protect, secure and transport multi gun applications. # # # The new Burkett 3 Gun Kit has a high density foam interior that is designed to store a pistol, AR, shotgun, and accessories inside a hard.  “We are extremely pleased to work with Matt Burkett of Predator ...read more
    Categories: Economic, Chamber
    Monday, March 26, 2012
    TORONTO - Teknion Corporation today announced the formation of Teknion Studio Group, LLC, near Smithfield, North Carolina, to develop and manufacture collaborative furniture products. Charlie Bell, with over 20 years of experience in the contract furniture industry, will head the operation. The company could bring 75 new jobs to the area. Opening a new manufacturing facility in the United ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic, Chamber
    Wednesday, March 14, 2012
    The Greater Smithfield-Selma Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has gone on record in opposition to the I-95 Corridor Planning and Finance Study that was released by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in January and included tolls as the way to finance improvements.The Board is concerned that there is a lack of information on the economic impact the plan could have on ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Thursday, February 16, 2012
    The Chamber presented the 2011 Jimmy Creech Small Business Persons of the Year to a couple who has enriched many lives in Johnston County through their spirit of community service. They are Michael and Kelly Smith, the owners of Zaxby’s in Smithfield and Clayton. Michael, a native of Mount Airy, North Carolina is a 2001 graduate of Wake Technical Community College with a degree in hotel and ...read more
    Categories: Community, Human Interest, Chamber, Economic
    Wednesday, February 01, 2012
    From The News & Observer, Raleigh, NC Caterpillar announced today that it plans to invest $33 million in its manufacturing facilities in Johnston County and create 199 jobs over the next five years. The project will expand the operations that are now home to Caterpillar's Building Construction Products Division. The expansion will make the Clayton facility the world source for several ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Wednesday, December 14, 2011
    SMITHFIELD– Bistro on Third and 231 Market Classic Printing have won the window display competition in Downtown Smithfield. With 105 of the 291 votes cast, Bistro on Third won the popular vote, while 231 Market Classic Printing won the very difficult juried vote.  Rounding out the top five popular vote getters were Orchard House Booksellers, DNA Bail Bonds, Big Mike’s Bail Bonds and Tucker ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    The Sleep Inn & Suites of Smithfield, NC was recently announced as a recipient of a prestigious 2011 Gold Hospitality Award from world lodging leader Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), franchisor of the Sleep Inn brand. “The Sleep Inn & Suites, Smithfield hotel’s commitment to excellence and outstanding guest service has earned it this well-deserved recognition as one of the ...read more
    Categories: Economic
    Wednesday, November 30, 2011
    SMITHFIELD – The Downtown Smithfield Development Corporation, The Herald, WTSB 1090AM, and WMPM 1270AM are hosting the second annual Christmas Window Display competition for Downtown Smithfield businesses this holiday season.  The competition entitled “Return of the Magic” will give downtown businesses an opportunity to express their creativity, while the voting public will have a chance to win ...read more
    Categories: Community, Economic
    Tuesday, November 08, 2011
    SMITHFIELD - The Chamber celebrated today the relocation of Smithfield City Florist to South Bright Leaf Boulevard. Dean Wiggs and Jeff Stephenson purchased the former Daniel Matthews, CPA building and moved their business from downtown Smithfield during the summer. Smithfield City Florist had been housed on South Third Street next to First Presbyterian Church for the past 28 years. However, the ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic
    Tuesday, November 01, 2011
     SMITHFIELD- The Chamber hosted a ribbon cutting for Sign-A-Rama on Tuesday, November 1 at its new location at 721-5 N, Bright Leaf Boulevard in Smithfield. The new franchise is part of the world's largest sign company, which is headquartered in West Palm Beach, Florida. The new retail business is a full service sign center and can produce all types of signs, banners, vehicle lettering, tradeshow ...read more
    Categories: Chamber, Economic

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