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Burlington – #1 small MSA in research, testing and medical labs

June 17, 2016

NC’s life science jobs continue to grow at a greater rate than the national average according to the Biotechnology Innovation Organization’s State Initiatives Report 2016, conducted by TEConomy. As released by the report earlier this week, Burlington ranks #1 among small MSAs (metropolitan statistical areas) in research, testing and medical labs.  Read the full article here.



Honda Aero Expansion

May 25, 2016

Around 100 people attended the Honda Aero groundbreaking ceremony on April 19, including Honda Aero President, Atsukuni Waragai.  The company announced a 50,000-square-foot, $21 million expansion that will include additional office and manufacturing space for the turbofan, HF120 jet engines.  The company plans to hire an additional 20-30 people over the next few years, bringing total employment at the Burlington facility to around 125. Honda Aero first announced locating its headquarters and jet engine manufacturing facility in Burlington in 2007.

Honda Aero Groundbreaking


Burlington – Alamance County ranked 9th in ED Projects

March 23, 2016

Burlington – Alamance County was ranked 9th nationally for number of economic development projects among metros with less than 200,000 population by Site Selection magazine, click here to read the full article.


Nypro Expansion Announced

February 23, 2016

Nypro, a Jabil Company, just announced they will be expanding once again in the North Carolina Industrial Center. The $16.95 million project is expected to create 75 new jobs. Read the Triad Business Journal article for more details.


Lidl Breaks Ground

December 15, 2015

Lidl Ground breakOn December 11, Lidl, a European grocery chain, broke ground in Alamance County.  This location will be the company’s regional headquarters and distribution center and is expected to employ nearly 200 full time and part time staff.  For more coverage please read the Triad Business Journal.


NCCP featured in 2016 NC Econ Dev Guide

November 23, 2015

Alamance County’s new North Carolina Commerce Park is featured in the 2016 North Carolina Economic Development Guide.  The guide is a Special Edition magazine published by Business North Carolina. The article focuses on municipalities that are jointly constructing industrial parks to strengthen their economies. Alamance County, Graham and Mebane have been working collaboratively to develop and support the new industrial park where both Lidl & Walmart currently have distribution centers under construction.


Gov. Pat McCrory celebrates State Apprenticeship Week

November 6, 2015

Gov. Pat McCrory visited Machine Specialties in Whitsett Thursday in honor of the state’s first Apprenticeship Week.  He also officially introduced both Alamance and Guilford Counties new apprenticeship programs.  The Career Accelerator Program is a partnership of the Alamance-Burlington School System, Alamance Community College, Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce, and NCWorks.  For more Times News coverage click on the two stories: McCrory Introduces Programs & Students Interested.


Ted Abernathy speaks at 10th Annual Economic Summit

October 16, 2015

On October 13, Ted Abernathy Managing Partner of Economic Leadership, LLC of Raleigh, spoke to over 100 business leaders at Elon University during the 10th Annual Economic Summit.  Abernathy talked about the opportunities and challenges of the local, state, and national economies in the near future. He emphasized that we are in a new normal of slow economic growth nationally but that growth was possible with continued investment in infrastructure elements and a well-trained labor force. For more coverage see the Times News editorial on the Economic Summit.


New Apprenticeship Program Announced

September 1, 2015

Seven local companies join with the Alamance Burlington School System, Alamance Community College and the Alamance County Area Chamber of Commerce to establish the Career Accelerator Program – Building for Tomorrow. The Career Accelerator Program (CAP), a formal, four-year apprenticeship program in Alamance County,


Lidl to Establish Regional HQ & Distribution Center in Graham, NC

July 1, 2015

Governor Pat McCrory, N.C. Commerce Secretary John E. Skvarla III and the Economic Development Partnership of N.C. announced today that Lidl, a German supermarket chain, will open a regional headquarters and distribution center in Alamance County.