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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — State documents say a company is considering bringing a thousand jobs to Brunswick County, but the county’s economic development chief says everything is still very preliminary.

Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Executive Director Jim Bradshaw says it is working with 13 industrial prospects.

The NC Board of Transportation this week, though, approved spending $200,000 for rail access and safety improvements for something called “Project Diamond” that would bring a thousand jobs to an industrial park at the Brunswick-Columbus county line.

But bradshaw says this project, like others, has several more steps to go through before anything happens.

“Most of the industrial prospects we are working with will take months to make a decision and are looking at multiple states, including this one,” Bradshaw said in an e-mail. “We want to make sure we have the best package we can to present so we can remain competitive.”

A Brunswick County commissioner says it is not an easy process.

“Obviously any large company looking to move a facility, it’s not like going to the store and buying a cell phone. It’s not an overnight decision,” Commissioner Frank Williams said. “It’s more like buying a house as far as putting it in family terms. It’s something you think about and take some time to make sure to do it right.”

Bradshaw says the money the Board of Transportation approved is one of several grants BCEDC will pursue as they try to attract prospective companies.

In the past few years, Brunswick County has gotten close to attracting companies like Caterpillar, Continental Tire and Mitsubishi. All the companies chose other locations in other states.

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  • SurfCityTom

    was Volkswagen, they can chalk that one off the board.

    They’re going to a site, adjacent to their current facility in Tennessee, for the new SUV to be built and introduced in 2016.

    If this was the prospect, it was never really going to happen.

  • Mr.T

    Phil Berger is in charge of the NC Senate, incentives will be hard to come by. The fact that other states will meet a companies requests means nothing to a New York carpetbagger.

  • beach guy

    I question your comment Mr T. I am pretty sure the Mr. Berger would support an incentive that actually would be a benefit to the state in the long run. If you are referring to the film hand out fiasco that has been proven time and time again as a money pit you are espousing sour grapes.
    But then again you hate everything with an R attached to it so why do we even question your motivation for commentary.
    I think i can remember a tire company that went to SC when the Dems were in power what happened with that one ? Oh yeah South Carolina made them a better offer I think I can remember Nikki Haley (R) governor standing next to the CEO

  • Mr.T

    The tire company you are referring to was Continental and you are right the company did chose SC. I hate to do your home work but if you bother to check the senate was Republican, Berger was Senate Pro Tem. He refused to call a special session to advance incentive money against his own party wishes and rather took a state paid trip to China. Brunswick and Southeast NC lost 1600 high paying, good benefits jobs and Bergers excuse was that the land being considered by the tire company belonged to Democrats. I didn’t mention film projects but I don,t care anything about your position on 4,000 people losing jobs and god knows how much money lost in the Wilmington economy. There is a little bright light at the end of the tunnel. Bergers son Phil Jr. was soundly defeated in the Republican primary runoff yesterday for the US House. That tells me the folks up there are beginning to wise up a little and that pack money can’t buy elections.


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